The Shawshank Redemption

Apr 27, 18 The Shawshank Redemption

I have 1 double pass for the special screening of THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION as part of the IN THE HOUSE CULT FILM CLASSICS, 7pm, Friday 4 May, at Event Cinemas, Myer Centre

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

“What is your favourite Morgan Freeman film and why?”

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

ONE NIGHT ONLY ON THE BIG SCREEN!

SYNOPSIS:

Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency..

https://www.eventcinemas.com.au/EventsFestivals/InTheHouseCultFilmClassics

Thanks to Event Cinemas Myer Centre

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Avengers: Infinity War

Apr 27, 18 Avengers: Infinity War

IN CINEMAS NOW!

SYNOPSIS:

19 films and thousands of hours of work by thousands of people have all lead up to this moment – An unprecedented cinematic journey ten years in the making and spanning the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe. Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” brings to the screen the ultimate, deadliest showdown of all time.

The Avengers and their Super Hero allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.

Thanks to Marvel Studios Australia and New Zealand

#InfinityWar

REVIEW:

Nerida

Over the past decade, Marvel has earned itself the benefit of the doubt. The studio has consistently delivered smart, funny, brave films that both embrace and transcend their comic-book origins. The 18 blockbuster movies produced since Iron Man first blasted off into the stratosphere in 2008 have not only reinvented superhero films as a genre – they’ve helped to legitimise it. Indeed, Marvel’s two most recent films – Thor: Ragnarok and Black Panther – have received the kind of accolades usually reserved for edgy arthouse flicks.

 

And yet, it’s perfectly reasonable to be apprehensive about Avengers: Infinity War. This is a blockbuster film that’s been ten years in the making, its plot hinted at and scattered throughout 18 other movies. It features 30 or so characters, each with their own complex backstories and motivations. And all of them are coming together in a bid to stop a giant alien dude from destroying the universe. It sounds ridiculous, and feels impossible.

 

But that’s precisely what makes the final product such a monumental achievement. Masterfully directed by the Russos, Infinity War is bold, brainy film making at its very best: the kind that will lift your spirits, blow your mind and shatter your soul – occasionally in the same scene. It demonstrates on an epic scale what Marvel has known all along: that special effects and tightly choreographed action are there to serve the story. For all its blockbuster spectacle (and there’s almost too much of that), the film works because it’s anchored by the heart, humour and humanity of its characters.

 

From the outset, it’s immediately clear that neither the film’s directors nor screenwriters (Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely) are interested in playing it safe. Most other superhero films are bled of high stakes – the hero in the title might suffer untold trauma, but it’s a super-safe bet that he or she will make it to the end alive. There’s no such guarantee here. Within the first ten minutes, we are confronted with the dark, twisted depths to which Thanos and his acolytes in the Black Order will sink in order to achieve their goals. Death, as well as genuine loss and sacrifice, is intrinsic to the narrative drumbeat that drives Infinity War ever forward, and the film is all the better for it.

 

In a film with so many moving parts, some elements don’t work quite as well. A couple of characters that you might have expected to be right at the forefront – including an original Avenger or two – fade into the background. The film tumbles from dizzying fight scene to dizzying fight scene, and while most of them are fantastically choreographed, there are some purely dumb moments that literally revolve around attempts to prevent Thanos from clenching his fist. In effect, this is a superhero mêlée that’s part over-the-top and part overkill, and might prove too much for those who don’t already care for this franchise and the characters in it.

 

Minor quibbles aside, though, Infinity War is yet another step in the right direction for Marvel. It continues the studio’s tradition of placing a premium on rich, complex storytelling that respects both its characters and its audiences. But it also refuses to make things easy for itself. The film ends even more bravely than it began, with a final ten minutes that will haunt and horrify you in equal measure. It’s a stroke of bold, brilliant genius – a narrative risk so audacious that you’ll want to follow Marvel wherever it goes next.

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Tully

Apr 23, 18 Tully

I have 5 double passes for the preview screening of TULLY, 6:30pm, Tuesday 8 May, at Palace Barracks Cinemas

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

“What do you think is the best thing about being a parent?”

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

In Cinemas MAY 10
But see it first, at the preview screening!

SYNOPSIS:

When Marlo (Academy Award® winner Charlize Theron, MAD MAX: FURY ROAD) is gifted a night nanny by her brother (Mark Duplass, SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED) she is hesitant to the extravagance at first, but soon comes to form a unique bond with the thoughtful, surprising and sometimes challenging young nanny named Tully (Mackenzie Davis, BLADE RUNNER 2049).

Academy Award® nominated director Jason Reitman (UP IN THE AIR, JUNO) and Academy Award® winning screenwriter Diablo Cody (JUNO) reunite for this brilliant and refreshingly modern new comedy-drama, in cinemas nationally May 10.

Thanks to Studiocanal

REVIEW:

Nerida

The film TULLY,  once its layers get peeled away, brings forwards Cody’s refreshing take on modern-day maternity (in a film that carries her stamp more than Reitman’s). It is neither blandly conventional (far from it), nor a Juno for adults – though Tully is infused with Juno’s infectious wit. This very welcome creative reunion of the Young Adult trio is a winning combination right from the start, especially when the story morphs into something out of a fairy tale once Marlo’s happily married, well-off brother (Duplass) decides to give her the gift of a nighttime nanny. Having watched a nicely stitched montage of Marlo’s hectic days and sleepless nights, we find ourselves on her brother’s side almost immediately.

 

Enter Tully (a smiling, overeager Davis, perfectly cast), the competent and knowledgeable (on any topic) nighttime helper. You could perceive her as a contemporary Mary Poppins, who can fix things with the snap of her fingers. Or perhaps liken her to Pulp Fiction’s Mr. Wolf, in charge of cleaning up daily domestic crime scenes created by raucous kids.

 

With fluid, wise dialogue and tender female-bonding scenes as comfortable to slip into as cozy loungewear, Cody gradually builds a heartwarming relationship between Marlo and Tully, making memorable screen heroes out of everyday women. This often laugh-out-loud-funny film generously puts itself in service of all mothers shamed by society for seeking help or wanting to preserve a bit of their former selves. “You don’t have to do it all by yourself,” the film reminds. Tully’s surprising finale may be gentler than Marlo has earned throughout the film, but its simple, common-sense message remains quietly radical. This collaboration between Reitman and Cody is bound to make mothers everywhere feel a little less alone.

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Summer of the Seventeenth Doll

Apr 09, 18 Summer of the Seventeenth Doll

I have 1 double pass for the opening night of SUMMER OF THE SEVENTEETH DOLL, 7:30pm, Friday 13 April at Beenleigh Theatre Group, Cnr of Kent & Crete St, Beenleigh

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

“What is your favourite memory of the Summer?”

Put your answer on Twitter (with hashtag #SummerOfThe17thDoll), Facebook, or below!

SEASON FROM APRIL 13 – 28
But see it first at the opening night!

SYNOPSIS:

Come experience the seventeenth lay off season in the Leech residence in Ray Lawler’s groundbreaking Australian classic, Summer of the Seventeenth Doll this April.

Each summer for sixteen years Roo (Andrew Alley) and Barney (Ian Johnson) have flown down from the cane fields of North Queensland to the city streets of Carlton, Melbourne to spend the layoff with their sweethearts Olive (Julia Lefik) and Nancy. But on the seventeenth summer everything has changed. Tensions are high when the men arrive after a particularly trying season and Olive has recruited her respect-able work mate Pearl (Clare Wigley) to replace a recently married Nancy. These new circumstances will put their relationships to the test and force them to question the past sixteen summers.

Summer of the Seventeenth Doll is Beenleigh Theatre Group’s third production of their 2018 season and one you won’t want to miss!

Tickets are valued at $25.00-$35.00 

Summer of the Seventeenth Doll

https://www.facebook.com/BeenleighTheatre/

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Rosemary’s Baby

Apr 08, 18 Rosemary’s Baby

I have 1 double pass for the special screening of ROSEMARY’S BABY as part of the IN THE HOUSE CULT FILM CLASSICS, 7pm, Friday 13 April, at Event Cinemas, Myer Centre

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

“What is your favourite horror film and why?”

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

ONE NIGHT ONLY ON THE BIG SCREEN!

SYNOPSIS:

Face the odds this Friday the 13th and see the 1968 American psychological horror Rosemary’s Baby at Event Cinemas Myer Centre!

A young couple moves in to an apartment only to be surrounded by peculiar neighbors and occurrences. When the wife becomes mysteriously pregnant, paranoia over the safety of her unborn child begins to control her life.

https://www.eventcinemas.com.au/EventsFestivals/InTheHouseCultFilmClassics

Thanks to Event Cinemas Myer Centre

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