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 prize pack, 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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Feb 12, 18 2:22

We have 5 double in-season passes for 2:22 screening exclusively at Dendy Cinemas (Portside & Coorparoo)

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

“What is your favourite time of the day?”

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In Cinemas FEBRUARY 22


Australia’s Teresa Palmer (Hacksaw Ridge, Warm Bodies) stars alongside Game of Thrones’ Michiel Huisman in a story of a love that will not die and lovers who may not survive.

Air traffic controller Dylan (Huisman) lives his life each day with consistent precision, but nevertheless senses something is missing. An ominous pattern of events becomes evident as it starts to repeat itself in exactly the same manner, at exactly 2:22pm every day. When he crosses paths with the beautiful Sarah (Palmer) they both feel a sense of connection, but little do they know they share a bond that transcends time itself.

Thanks to Icon Film Distribution

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Feb 09, 18 Winchester

I have 5 double passes for the preview screening of WINCHESTER, 6:30pm, Wednesday 21 February, at Event Cinemas, Myer Centre

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

“What is in your dream house?”

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In Cinemas FEBRUARY 22
But see it first, at the preview screening!


Inspired by true events at the most haunted house in history. On an isolated stretch of land 50 miles outside of San Francisco sits a house that knows no end. Built by heiress Sarah Winchester (Academy Award® winner Helen Mirren) in an incessant twenty-four-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week mania over decades, it stands seven stories tall and contains hundreds of rooms, staircases to nowhere and doors that open into walls. To the outsider it looks like a monstrous monument to a disturbed woman’s madness. But Sarah is not building for herself, for her niece (Sarah Snook) or for the troubled Doctor Eric Price (Jason Clarke) who has been summoned to the house. She is building a prison, an asylum for hundreds of vengeful ghosts, and the most terrifying among them have a score to settle with the Winchesters…

Appearing in cinemas nationally February 22Winchester will take audiences inside the labyrinthine mansion and the troubled mind of a grieving widow.

Thanks to Studiocanal

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Raising Arizona

Feb 07, 18 Raising Arizona

I have 1 double pass for the special screening of RAISING ARIZONA as part of the IN THE HOUSE CULT FILM CLASSICS, 7pm, Friday 16 February, at Event Cinemas, Myer Centre

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

“What’s your favourite Nicolas Cage film and why?”

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When a childless couple of an ex-con and an ex-cop decide to help themselves to one of another family’s quintuplets, their lives become more complicated than they anticipated.

As part of the In The House Classics Festival, this fortnight is the quirky Coen Brothers film “Raising Arizona” starring a young Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter, John Goodman and recent Golden Globe winner Frances McDormand! We’re looking at some cringe worthy deck chairs and lots of Hawaiian shirts to theme this one, so should be a lot of fun!

Thanks to Event Cinemas Myer Centre

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