Beast

Aug 28, 18 Beast

I have 5 double in-season passes to BEAST

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

“What gives you a taste of freedom and adventure?”

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

In Cinemas SEPTEMBER 13


SYNOPSIS:

Moll (Jessie Buckley) feels suffocated by her oppressive family and the small island community in which she lives. When she meets mysterious outsider Pascal (Johnny Flynn), she finally experiences a taste of freedom and adventure. Their passionate affair is threatened when Pascal becomes a suspect in a string of brutal murders. Having risked all to stand by her lover, Moll begins to question his integrity and discovers what she is really capable of. Inspired by real-life events, BEAST is a genuinely sexy thriller that will keep you guessing until the very end.

Thanks to Icon Films

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The Dark Crystal & Labyrinth

Aug 27, 18 The Dark Crystal & Labyrinth

I have 1 double pass for the both special screenings of THE DARK CRYSTAL or LABYRINTH as part of the IN THE HOUSE CULT FILM CLASSICS,  September 3-5 at Event Cinemas Myer Centre.

The Dark Crystal showing Monday Sep 3 at 6:30pm, or Wed Sep 5 at 7:00pm

Labyrinth showing Monday 3 Sep at 8:45pm or Wed Sep 5 at 9:15pm

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

“All you have to do is share with us your favourite moment from either of these films!” (Also – let me know which movie you want to see on which date!)

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

TWO NIGHTS ONLY ON THE BIG SCREEN!

SYNOPSIS:

The Dark Crystal: On another planet in the distant past, a Gelfling embarks on a quest to find the missing shard of a magical crystal, and so restore order to his world.

Labyrinth: A 16-year-old girl is given 13 hours to solve a labyrinth and rescue her baby brother when her wish for him to be taken away is granted by the Goblin King.

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

Thanks to Event Cinemas Myer Centre

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The Merger

Aug 24, 18 The Merger

I have 10 double passes for the preview screening of THE MERGER, 6:30pm, Thursday 30 August, at Dendy Cinemas, Coorparoo

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

“What would you like to merge together to make one awesome thing?”

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

In Cinemas SEPTEMBER 6
But see it first, at the preview screening!

SYNOPSIS:

The township of Bodgy Creek has seen better days: the population is dwindling, jobs are scarce & the litter has built up around the fading Tidy Town sign. The next victim of the town’s decline is the cash strapped Aussie Rules footy club.

Barely able to field a team, the club is reeling from news that their clubrooms have been condemned due to asbestos contamination. A left field solution to their woes comes in the form of former football star Troy Carrington [Damian Callinan] Having fallen out with the community over leading protests that led to the closure of the local timber mill, Troy is living a hermit like existence on the towns fringe. However, he is coaxed into coaching after striking up an unlikely friendship with young Neil [Rafferty Grierson] who is struggling with the recent loss of his father. Teaming up with Neil’s mum Angie [Kate Mulvany], who is running a nearby refugee support centre, they conspire to recruit refugees to save the team.

However, the plan is not well received by Neil’s Grandad & Club President Bull Barlow [John Howard], who leads a concerted protest to undermine the refugee plan. For all Troy’s good intentions, his initial efforts to turn this rabble into a team seems to be faltering. Aside from the brilliant Sayyid [Fayssal Bassi] the team are going backwards & some of the players resent the newcomers.

Slowly, the team begins to gel & the refugees assimilate into the community. Bull, having formed a friendship with his new neighbour Sayyid through shared grief, jumps on board the bandwagon as the Roosters head towards the finals. However as a Grand Final win emerges as a possibility, Troy’s becomes myopic in his quest for redemption & loses sight of what has already been achieved It takes Angie to reveal that ‘The Merger’ has already worked.

Thanks to Umbrella Entertainment

 

 

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Hamlet + Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead

Aug 22, 18 Hamlet + Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead

I have 1 x double pass for both HAMLET and ROSENCRANTZ & GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD, for the Opening Gala Night Saturday 25 August 7:30pm for R & G or Sunday 26 August 6pm for Hamlet, at The Amphitheatre, Roma St Parklands

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

“Tell me which show you want to go to (R & G on Sat night, or Hamlet on Sun night), and what you love most about Shakespeare!”

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

SEASON RUNS 23 AUGUST – 9 SEPTEMBER

SYNOPSIS:

“WE KNOW WHAT WE ARE, BUT KNOW NOT WHAT WE MAY BE…”

This Spring QSE returns to the gorgeous Roma Street Parkland Amphitheatre, but this time things are a little different…

An Ensemble of 15 actors will present Hamlet and Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead in ‘rep’: alternating shows each night with actors playing the same role in both plays! A first for the company.

Prince Hamlet is having a rough time. After his father’s death, he is overlooked for the crown in favour of the guy who killed his Dad and, even worse, married his mum. Caught between cultures and philosophies, Hamlet careens between paralysis and unconsidered action. Part philosopher, part improvised explosive device, Hamlet is the anti-hero we are all afraid we might become, and secretly want to. Inspired by Hamlet and a classic in its own right Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead sees 2 ‘minor’ characters take centre stage. Witness the comic horror as these ordinary folks vacillate between witty banter and philosophical ponderings on the point of their existence all while being flung in and out of the orbit of the Prince of Denmark. “It’s a tale for anyone who has ever felt out of their depth and in over their head… so everyone really!” says Director Rebecca Murphy

Both shows will include live music by QSE’s always popular band, make use of the magical atmosphere of the Parkland and be delivered with QSE’s trademark accessibility, clarity and wit.

The company will once again be running its community initiatives A Night At The Theatre (ANATT) and Relaxed Performance. First run in 2016 ANATT invites patrons to make a donation of the price of a ticket, QSE then works with community partners Australian Red Cross​, Communify​, and Arafmi Queensland​ to share tickets with people who might not have otherwise been able to experience live theatre. A Relaxed Performance of Hamlet will be held at 2pm on Sept 1st. Relaxed performances are designed to welcome those who will benefit from a more relaxed performance environment including, but not limited to, individuals with
sensory sensitivity; click here for more information.

For more details and ticketing: http://www.qldshakespeare.org/hamlet.html

Thanks to Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble

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Crazy Rich Asians

Aug 21, 18 Crazy Rich Asians

IN CINEMAS AUGUST 30!

SYNOPSIS:

The story follows New Yorker Rachel Chu (Wu) as she accompanies her longtime boyfriend, Nick Young (Golding), to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore. Excited about visiting Asia for the first time but nervous about meeting Nick’s family, Rachel is unprepared to learn that Nick has neglected to mention a few key details about his life. It turns out that he is not only the scion of one of the country’s wealthiest families but also one of its most sought-after bachelors. Being on Nick’s arm puts a target on Rachel’s back, with jealous socialites and, worse, Nick’s own disapproving mother taking aim. And it soon becomes clear that while money can’t buy love, it can definitely complicate things.

Thanks to Roadshow

#CrazyRichAsians

 

REVIEW:

Nerida

The romantic comedy genre is a flavour that gets a bad rap for being one-note and heavily playing on sappy/silly tropes, even if that is not always the case. I have learned to expand my horizons when it comes to the genre and fit more good titles in there that don’t necessary hit that mark. Last year, we were graced with the best of the genre staple I’ve seen in a long time in The Big Sick because of its strong writing. I am pleased to say that we have a winner again this year, and a lot of it has everything to do with how the editing complements the writing and directing.

 

Crazy Rich Asians is an entry that treads lightly on both the romance and comedy (there are plenty of laughs to be had, I just never got an abs workout or fell out of my chair is all) and instead delivers a story built around culture, respect and trust, taking pages from Meet the Parents and The Devil Wears Prada. It is an absolutely accessible film for all audience members. Through framing, editing and choice of music, director Jon Chu finds a way of bringing about action in a film that is entirely devoid of it. He really highlights Singapore as a character in the film full of vibrancy and vivacity, claiming set-pieces to dictate entire acts of the story. There is a lot of symbolism that is foreshadowed very subtly, and almost everything has a payoff instead of making the audience question what a certain setup was meant for. We get to see the crazy-rich invite us to their fantastical routines as side-characters like Awkwafina hilariously bask it all in and takes nothing for granted. We envy their possessions, even if we may not envy their lifestyle.

 

Our main protagonist couple is a duo worth rooting for as they yearn for a cathartic endgame with one another, despite what morals stand in their way. They drive the story’s purpose, but they are on the bland end of personality when it comes to delivering the comedic goods, and this is totally okay; they let those around them bring us most of the character and laughs. A couple of them are thrown in for the cheap shtick, but there are nearly a dozen characters which get the limelight with their own romantic subplots. This ends up being more than just one love story, and normally I would consider this a detriment but this drawn out middle act of the film spends a lot of time establishing tangible and intangible values, and these characters’ interactions are a big part of that. We get a lot of conversation regarding the betterment of characters from each side of the proverbial fence that separates rich versus not-rich, Chinese versus American cultures, and wants versus needs. In a movie that could have easily only stated messages for an elite class of individuals or specific ethnic group, they spend a long time catering to the other 99% so we can be a part of the journey and not just seeing it from a particular lens.

 

From the earlier marketing, I did not expect this movie to win me over. It did, and I think you will feel the same if/when you decide to check this one out. Story-wise I felt some unevenness, but Jon Chu strikes enough visual flair to make a duvet out of a blanket. What could have been a tedious sitting was instead a raucously good time, and I really feel like there is something for everybody here. It is a recommended watch. Go check it out.

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