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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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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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Isle of Dogs

Apr 04, 18 Isle of Dogs

I have 2 double passes for the preview screening of ISLE OF DOGS, 6:00pm for a 6:30pm screening, Tuesday 10 April, at Palace Barracks Cinemas

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

“What is your favourite breed of dog and why?”

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

In Cinemas APRIL 12
But see it first, at the preview screening!

SYNOPSIS:

ISLE OF DOGS is the new highly anticipated film by visionary filmmaker Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel, Fantastic Mr. Fox).

ISLE OF DOGS tells the story of ATARI KOBAYASHI, 12 year old ward to corrupt Mayor Kobayashi. When, by Executive Decree, all canine pets of Megasaki City are exiled to a vast garbage –dump, Atari sets off alone in a miniature Junior –Turbo Prop and flies to Trash Island in search of his bodyguard-dog Spots. There, with the assistance of a pack of newly-found mongrel friends, he begins an epic journey that will decide the fate and future of the entire Prefecture.

The all-star voice line up boasts Bryan Cranston, Koyu Rankin, Edward Norton, Live Schreiber, Bill Murray, Bob Balaban, Jeff Goldblum, Scarlett Johansson, Kunichi Nomura, Tilda Swinton, Ken Watanabe, Akira Ito, Greta Gerwig, Akira Takayama, Frances Mcdormand, F. Murray Abraham, Courtney B. Vance, Yojiro Noda, Fisher Stevens, Mari Natsuki, Nijiro Murakami, Yoko Ono, Harvey Keitel and Frank Wood.

Thanks to Twentieth Century Fox 

REVIEW:

Nerida

If you’ve ever watched a Wes Anderson film before, you’ll sort of know what to expect with each new film he delivers; a quirky story, a bunch of oddball characters, an impressively talented ensemble cast and an immaculately shot feature presentation. Isle of Dogs is his latest offering and it sees the director return to the world of stop-motion animation.

Isle of Dogs is one hell of a breathtaking film to watch, with the fine detail in the stop-motion animation and the meticulous framing of every single shot making it feel as if you’re staring at a piece of fine art hanging on the wall rather than a film. When a film like this comes along, you can’t help but sit back and just admire it.

The story is such a heartwarming one, Atari’s determination and loyalty towards finding Spots together with the story behind Chief’s coldness towards humans making for a film very hard not to take a liking to, the richness to both the narrative and characters will make you just fall in love with some of the dogs on show. The film is topped off with some of Anderson’s signature dry humour that had the audience in raptures at times.

Coming to the performances, Isle of Dogs features a fountain of talent lending their voices to proceedings. Vocal performances can often be forgotten in the midst of all of the year’s performances however, some of the work here deserves to be remembered for a long, long time. Bryan Cranston’s work on the voice of Chief is so spot on that he’ll be close to bringing the audience to tears and Edward Norton is wonderfully funny as Rex, the dog in the group questioning Chief’s leadership.

Isle of Dogs shows a case of not being able to teach an old dog new tricks for Wes Anderson however, when he can repeat those tricks as well as he does, it becomes a film that entirely deserves all the praise it gets for being such a sheer bundle of joy to behold.

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I Feel Pretty

Apr 04, 18 I Feel Pretty

I have 5 double passes for the preview screening of I FEEL PRETTY, 6:30pm, Wednesday 18 April, at New Farm Cinemas

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

“What do you love most about yourself?”

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

In Cinemas APRIL 19
But see it first, at the preview screening!

SYNOPSIS:

In the new romantic comedy I FEEL PRETTY, Amy Schumer stars as Renee, who desperately wants to be one of the “pretty” girls. After a freak accident during spin class, her dream comes true when she wakes up to a completely new reflection, believing she is now the most beautiful woman on the planet. With a newfound confidence, she is empowered to live her life fearlessly and flawlessly, climbing the ranks at the cosmetics company she works for, earning the respect of her boss Avery LeClair (Michelle Williams), and bagging a cute boyfriend in Ethan. The catch? To everyone around her, Renee looks exactly the same.

Thanks to entertainmentOne

www.IFeelPrettyMovie.com.au

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Love, Simon

Mar 28, 18 Love, Simon

 

IN CINEMAS MARCH 29

SYNOPSIS:

Everyone deserves a great love story. But for seventeen-year old Simon Spier it’s a little more complicated: he’s yet to tell his family or friends he’s gay and he doesn’t actually know the identity of the anonymous classmate he’s fallen for online. Resolving both issues proves hilarious, terrifying and life-changing.

Directed by Greg Berlanti (TV’s Dawson’s Creek, Brothers & Sisters), written by Isaac Aptaker & Elizabeth Berger (TV’s This is Us), and based on Becky Albertalli’s acclaimed novel, LOVE, SIMON is a funny and heartfelt coming-of-age story about the thrilling ride of finding yourself and falling in love.

Thanks to 20th Century Fox Australia

#LoveSimon

REVIEW:

Nerida

This film is about so much more than coming to terms with one’s sexual orientation. In fact, what makes this movie so special is the universal theme of how to be who you truly are and live with integrity, even when you might be subject to adversity because of it. It’s a film about finding the courage within yourself to be who you truly are no matter what. This is precisely what makes the film relatable to anyone who watches it.

The theme may sound serious and heavy, but director Greg Berlanti skilfully balances humorous entertainment with real, vulnerable, and sensitive emotion. I heard this from many who watched the movie: never before has a movie made them laugh and cry so much in the span of a couple hours.

All the acting was great and nuanced, and you will definitely walk away relating to many of the characters because of it. The music was fantastic. Don’t be surprised if many of the songs are stuck in your head afterwards. And the script and dialogue will stay with you for long after you watched the film. There are some REALLY powerful moments!

I highly suggest you watch Love, Simon as soon as you can! This film has already become a cultural phenomenon of sorts, and deservedly so.

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A Wrinkle In Time

Mar 27, 18 A Wrinkle In Time

IN CINEMAS MARCH 29

SYNOPSIS:

Through one girl’s transformative journey led by three celestial guides, we discover that strength comes from embracing one’s individuality and that the best way to triumph over fear is to travel by one’s own light.

Meg Murry is a typical middle school student struggling with issues of self-worth who just want to fit in. The daughter of two world-renowned physicists, she is intelligent and uniquely gifted, as is Meg’s younger brother, Charles Wallace, but she has yet to realize it for herself. Complicating matters is the mysterious disappearance of Mr. Murry, which has left Meg devastated and her mother broken-hearted. Charles Wallace introduces Meg and her fellow classmate Calvin to three celestial beings (Mrs. Which, Mrs. Whatsit and Mrs. Who) who have journeyed to Earth to help search for their father, and together they embark on their formidable quest. Travelling via a wrinkling of time and space known as tessering, they are transported to worlds beyond their imagination where they must confront a powerful evil force. To make it back home to Earth, Meg must face the darkness within herself in order to harness the strength necessary to defeat the darkness rapidly enveloping the Universe.

Thanks to Walt Disney Studios Australia

#WrinkleInTime

REVIEW:

Nerida

Children’s books will never be easy to adapt for new generations. Not just because of generational gaps of the state of mind when it was written, but also the expectation of holding filmmakers to the standard that a book indirectly sets (even if it doesn’t translate to film). While in recent years, Ava DuVernay has established herself directing impressive urban dramas (Selma, Middle of Nowhere) and finds herself stepping into the Disney fantasy land, and while young children can have fun in her world, adults may find a few more wrinkles than expected.

Ava DuVernay is very much staging an ambitious world visually, and while it’s interesting to view, it doesn’t allow enough on the surface or even depth to understand how the “wrinkles” operate. While I’m okay with the idea of the children going into a world unlike their own, I found myself asking “what is anything and why doesn’t it click like it should?” We are told many times on screen that Meg and her brother have great minds, but we never really get to see what makes them so brilliant like the film says they are. For a film that’s trying to really inspire young minds into STEM, I really feel that this wasn’t explored enough. There’s points when Meg’s brother becomes the central focus and he goes from over his years to unexplainably odd and it becomes hard to digest on screen. And as for Oprah playing the witch, it just sounds like Oprah talking like Oprah. Take what you can from that.

It’s not all bad within the world though. There’s enough colorful elements that I could see young children finding enjoyment in the fantasy world. The set pieces have some interesting ideas and surreal moments in visual repetition and ever changing geography.

A Wrinkle in Time sadly has too many wrinkles to give it a recommendation, but I wouldn’t tell people run away either. It has interesting ideas, but trouble connecting it altogether. Colourful, but maybe too intense to the eye. The heart and soul is very much seen in Ava’s work, but I feel the heart wasn’t in the right direction.

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