Game Night

Feb 22, 18 Game Night



Bateman and McAdams star as Max and Annie, whose weekly couples game night gets kicked up a notch when Max’s charismatic brother, Brooks (Chandler), arranges a murder mystery party, complete with fake thugs and faux federal agents. So when Brooks gets kidnapped, it’s all part of the game…right? But as the six uber-competitive gamers set out to solve the case and win, they begin to discover that neither this “game”—nor Brooks—are what they seem to be. Over the course of one chaotic night, the friends find themselves increasingly in over their heads as each twist leads to another unexpected turn. With no rules, no points, and no idea who all the players are, this could turn out to be the most fun they’ve ever had…or game over.

Thanks to Roadshow




Game Night may not be a great film by any stretch of the imagination – to be granted I wasn’t expecting much heading in…but it’s definitely a fun and an entertaining ride from beginning to the very end. Lamorne Morris and Billy Magnussen are some of the obvious standouts among the film’s enjoyable cast of characters, but Jesse Plemons is the true MVP, stealing every single one of his scenes with ease. The film isn’t without its problems, with the convoluted third act jumping the shark almost to the point of parody, and not all of the jokes land (although most do thanks to the cast’s great comedic timing), but nonetheless Game Night makes for a perfectly fun time at the movies.

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Black Panther

Feb 19, 18 Black Panther



T’Challa, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king.

Thanks to Marvel Australia & New Zealand




Going into this film I just assumed that this would be your average Marvel superhero film with some social commentary tacked on, but i was actually pleasantly surprised. This is a film that, for a superhero film, is fairly unique whilst still familiar to what we love about Marvel – the plot points are pretty much stock standard.

On the whole, the film is an enjoyable experience. The effects are brilliant, but not too in-your-face (except maybe in the last fight scene, where they did get a bit over the top), and this is a much more human film than a lot of other superhero movies, with lots of character interaction and bonding. The social commentary on race is well inserted and doesn’t feel too overbearing in the film. The acting is superb all around, as are the overall characterisations, and overall I found it fairly difficult to really fault the film. Special shout out to the costuming department – Black Panther’s new suit, and the different tribal dress were amazing.

However, whilst it does a lot of things very well, there is nothing that it does exceptionally. At no point in the film did I think ‘wow, this is the best thing ever’, more ‘yeah this is pretty good’. Whilst a fun film to watch, it isn’t really one I would watch again or remember watching in the future.

Overall I would definitely recommend this film, even if you aren’t a big Marvel fan, as it is a well written, well acted movie that can make for thought-provoking movie – just don’t go in expecting to see the greatest movie ever made.

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The Mercy

Feb 16, 18 The Mercy

I have 5 double passes for the preview screening of THE MERCY, 6:30pm, Wednesday 28 February, at Palace Barracks Cinemas

For your chance to win a double pass, answer the question below:

“What feat do you want to achieve?”

Put your answer on Twitter, Instagram (with the hashtag #TheMercy, tagging @reviewbrisbane), Facebook, or below!

In Cinemas MARCH 8
But see it first, at the preview screening!


Academy Award® winner James Marsh (The Theory of Everything) directs the incredible true story of amateur sailor Donald Crowhurst (Academy Award® winner Colin Firth, The King’s Speech, The Railway Man) and his attempt to win the first non-stop single-handed round-the-world yacht race in 1968. The story of Crowhurst’s dangerous solo voyage and the struggles he confronted on the epic journey while his wife, Clare (Academy Award® winner Rachel Weisz, The Light between Oceans, Youth), and children waited for his return is one of the most enduring mysteries of recent times. The Mercy sails into cinemas March 8.

Thanks to Studiocanal

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Lady Bird

Feb 14, 18 Lady Bird



In Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig reveals herself to be a bold new cinematic voice with her directorial debut, excavating both the humor and pathos in the turbulent bond between a mother and her teenage daughter. Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson (Saoirse Ronan) fights against but is exactly like her wildly loving, deeply opinionated and strong-willed mUm (Laurie Metcalf), a nurse working tirelessly to keep her family afloat after Lady Bird’s father (Tracy Letts) loses his job. Set in Sacramento, California in 2002, amidst a rapidly shifting American economic landscape, Lady Bird is an affecting look at the relationships that shape us, the beliefs that define us, and the unmatched beauty of a place called home.

Thanks to Universal Pictures Australia




Every one of us can remember their senior year of high school. For some of us, it was great, for others it wasn’t. No matter what the quality of that year was, we all experienced adulthood for the first time and prepared for our lives to change forever. Lady Bird tells this exact story through the eyes of Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson as she tries to carve her own path while also trying to navigate the pressures of her final year in high school.

The story is very relatable and filled with emotion – perhaps too much so being someone who graduated from a all-girls catholic high school in 2003. The connections between characters are stunning and give the film a very authentic feel. We witness Lady Bird’s story from beginning to end, letting us as the audience relive our senior years as she is living hers.

The film does follow into small traps when it comes to introducing and dealing with its characters. Some are given too little screen time to make a big enough difference, and some are given too much screen time and end up making up no difference. There is also some conventional/predictable moments that should have been changed or omitted in order for the film to distance itself more from the coming of age genre, and also story lines and characters that you don’t see the resolve to.

The greatest contributor to this film is Great Gerwig as both the writer and director. She expertly knows how to write authentic dialogue for teenagers. None of it sounds fake or written by an adult trying to emulate what teens sound like. She also uses the camera to make the film have a grounded and time appropriate look to it.

This film is littered with great acting in both large and supporting roles. Saoirse Ronan knocks it out of the park as the titular lead. She plays the role with command and confidence, which translates well into her best scenes, all of which come when Laurie Metcalf is present. Metcalf is brilliant as the constrained mother that’s trying her best to keep the family afloat during tough times. She shares excellent chemistry with Ronan and the two of them make for one of the best mother-daughter stories in film.

Other great performances come from Tracy Letts as Lady Bird’s father who is the reserved figure in a house occupied by two women with “strong personalities.” Lucas Hedges follows up his great performance last year in Manchester By the Sea with another respectable turn here as Lady Bird’s first boyfriend, Danny.

Lady Bird is a film that doesn’t invent anything new in the teenage coming of age story genre, but it greatly improves on everything before it. Wonderful performances all around and great directing make this a must-see during the crowded awards season.

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Shot Caller

Feb 13, 18 Shot Caller

We have 1 major prize pack and 2 runners up prizes for the DVD of SHOT CALLER

For your chance to win a double pass, answer the question below:

“When do you like to call the shots?”

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Jacob (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) is a successful businessman, who after a killing a man in a DUI car accident is sent to a maximum-security prison where he soon realises he must adapt or die. SHOT CALLER explores the human condition and how far one man will go to protect his family.


Thanks to Icon Film Distribution

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