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The Report

Oct 17, 19 The Report

I have 10 double passes to the preview screening of THE REPORT, Monday 28 October at 6:30pm at Palace James St.

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

“Tell me what topic you’d like a report written on”

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

In Cinemas NOVEMBER 14
And November 29 on Amazon Prime


The Report is a riveting thriller based on actual events. Idealistic staffer Daniel J. Jones (Adam Driver) is tasked by his boss Senator Dianne Feinstein (Annette Bening) to lead an investigation of the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program, which was created in the aftermath of 9/11. Jones’ relentless pursuit of the truth leads to explosive findings that uncover the lengths to which the nation’s top intelligence agency went to destroy evidence, subvert the law, and hide a brutal secret from the American public.

The Report is written and directed by Scott Z. Burns and features outstanding performances by a powerful cast led by Adam Driver, Annette Bening, and Jon Hamm. Sarah Goldberg, Michael C. Hall, Douglas Hodge, Fajer Kaisi, Ted Levine, Jennifer Morrison, Tim Blake Nelson, Linda Powell, Matthew Rhys, T. Ryder Smith, Corey Stoll, and Maura Tierney complete the powerful ensemble that brings this essential story to life.

Thanks to Transmission Films and Amazon Originals

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After The Wedding

Oct 10, 19 After The Wedding

I have 10 double passes to the preview screening of AFTER THE WEDDING, Wednesday 16 October at 6:30pm at Palace James St

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

“What charity would you love to donate millions to?”

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

In Cinemas OCTOBER 24


As if driven by an inescapable force, Isabel (Michelle Williams) has devoted her life to running an orphanage in a Calcutta slum. With funds running dry, a potential donor, who requires she travel from India to New York, to deliver a presentation in-person, contacts Isabel. At first balking at the demand of an uncommitted philanthropist, she relents, and travels to a city she deliberately hasn’t returned to in over two decades.   

Once in New York, Isabel lands uncomfortably in the sites of the orphanage’s possible benefactor, Theresa Young (Julianne Moore), a multi-millionaire media mogul. From the glittering skyscraper where she runs her successful business, to the glorious Oyster Bay estate, where she lives happily with her artist husband, Oscar Carlson (Billy Crudup), 21-year-old daughter, Grace (Abby Quinn), and eight-year-old twins, Theo and Otto, Theresa’s life couldn’t appear to be more perfect. But appearances are only skin deep, and Isabel and Theresa have more in common than meets the eye.

While Isabel thinks she’ll soon be returning to her beloved orphanage, Theresa has other plans. She insists Isabel attend Grace’s wedding at the family’s estate. The joyful event becomes a catalyst for a revelation that upends the lives of both women, and the people who love them most.

With the same quiet depth and intensity found in Ordinary People and Terms of Endearment, After the Wedding celebrates the complex, transformative power of the most primal of human connections, as well as the ever-expanding definition of what makes a family.

Based on the Academy Award nominated film by Susanne Bier, After the Wedding stars: Academy Award winner Julianne Moore (Bel Canto, Gloria), Academy Award nominee Michelle Williams (Venom, I Feel Pretty), Billy Crudup (Where’d You Go, Bernadette), Abby Quinn (Bumblebee, Good Girls Get High), and Alex Esola (Orange is the New Black, The Young Pope).

Thanks to Rialto Distribution

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Oct 03, 19 Pavarotti

I have 5 double passes to the preview screening of PAVAROTTI, Thursday 17 October at 6:30pm at Event Cinemas, Indooroopilly

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

“What is your extraordinary talent?”

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

In Cinemas OCTOBER 24


From two-time Academy Award® winning director Ron Howard and the team behind the worldwide success The Beatles: Eight Days a Week, comes a documentary celebrating the life of the beloved opera star Luciano Pavarotti. PAVAROTTI is an in-depth, no holds barred look at the life, career and lasting legacy of the musical icon who sold over 100 million records in his lifetime. Dubbed “The People’s Tenor”, Pavarotti was the rare combination of personality, genius and celebrity. He used his prodigious gifts to spread the gospel of opera as entertainment, and something to be enjoyed by all music lovers. Through the sheer force of his talent, Pavarotti commanded the great stages of the world, and captured the hearts of audiences everywhere. Featuring rare interviews with his family and colleagues, and never-before-seen footage, PAVAROTTI goes beyond the iconic public figure to reveal the man himself.

Thanks to Madman Entertainment

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The Shawshank Redemption

Oct 02, 19 The Shawshank Redemption

I have 3 double passes to the special 25th Anniversary screening of THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION , Saturday 5 October at 2:30pm at Metro Arts

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

“What is your favourite quote from The Shawshank Redemption?”

Put your answer on Twitter, Instagram (with the #Shawshank25th, tagging @reviewbrisbane), Facebook, or below!

Only ONE Special Screening


This October, celebrate 25 years of SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION – a film which is referred to as one of the greatest of all time!

On Saturday 5 October, Kristian Fletcher presents a special 25th anniversary screening of the 1994 movie SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION at Metro Arts, Brisbane City.

Screening at 2.30pm, Shawshank Redemption tells the story of two imprisoned men who bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.
Starring Tim Robbins & Morgan Freeman and based on the novella by Stephen King, the movie is the highest ranking film on movie website Imdb – making it one of the most popular movies of all time.

A box office bomb on first release, Shawshank Redemption found a following on home video and via television replays.

TICKETS $12.00 + booking fee (15+ event)

Kristian Fletcher has presented movie events in Brisbane for over eighteen years

Thanks to Kristian Fletcher Events

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Oct 02, 19 Joker



Director Todd Phillips “Joker” centers around the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone fictional story not seen before on the big screen. Phillips’ exploration of Arthur Fleck, who is indelibly portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix, is of a man struggling to find his way in Gotham’s fractured society. A clown-for-hire by day, he aspires to be a stand-up comic at night…but finds the joke always seems to be on him. Caught in a cyclical existence between apathy and cruelty, Arthur makes one bad decision that brings about a chain reaction of escalating events in this gritty character study.

Thanks to Roadshow Films



Whether you end up loving or hating Joker; Todd Phillip’s gritty and Scorsese-like take on the legendary DC comics villain – there’s no denying that the cinematic comic book adaptations landscape has been changed forever.

Just as Nolan changed our expectations for what a comic book film can be with his Dark Knight trilogy, Joker’s examination of the birth of a nefarious villain hellbent on chaos and anarchy is unlike anything we’ve ever seen before – stripping the well known character back to the bare basics as we’re introduced to the sad life of the misunderstood and unloved Arthur Fleck.

Sharing more in common with dramas such as Taxi Driver and Serpico, rather than it’s other comic book cousins, Phillip’s and his mindbogglingly good leading man Joaquin Phoenix take us into the mind of a broken man trying to fit into a world that doesn’t want to open its arms to him – in what’s an engaging, cant look away, character study that slowly but surely descends into a dark and uncomfortable place that befits the name and reputation of its title being.

It may seem far to early to call, but I for one am confident in saying that Phoenix’s full embodiment of Fleck goes down as one of the most singularly impressive acting turns of not only the decade, but all time.
Phoenix commands every second of screen time he gets in Phillips dark tale, in what must surely be the biggest sure fire bet for an Oscar you could ever hope to get.

From the way in which Fleck appears physically, from a simple walk, through to a slight facial tick, right through to a haunting and hard to forget collection of haunting laughs, Phoenix appears in virtually every scene of Joker and never ones fails to enthrall. In doing so he’s managed to do the seemingly impossible of allowing us to understand a deeply flawed and depraved creature, but a creature you begin to understand and at times even feel sympathy towards.

For all the great incarnations of the character, it’s hard to think of a better way in which the Joker could be born into existence and by bringing his own flavour and nuances to Fleck. There’s no point in comparing Phoenix to Heath Ledger’s iconic take on the face painted mad man, with this take a whole different beast entirely.

As good as Phoenix is, it would’ve only taken the film so far had Phillip’s and his team not come to the party – but for a relatively small budgeted film, Joker’s astounding overall quality ensures it can comfortably sit in the top class of 2019 films.

It’s amazing to think that this is a film from the same man that gave us Old School and The Hangover ,but Joker sees Phillip’s grow into a whole new level with his on point direction, giving Joker an epic and unforgettable cinematic verve that brings it’s A game to match its captivating leading man.

While first and foremost a believable tale of a man pushed to the edge of his already teetering limits, Joker also manages to throw in a number of surprising narrative and comic book throwbacks that will be no doubt be discussed ad-nauseam by die-hard fans and naturally tie together Fleck’s story to a much broader universe without ever feeling forced or unnatural – all within a tale that is as confronting and even topical as you’d get regardless of genre.

Final Say –

Bleak, beautiful and boundlessly inventive, led by a Joaquin Phoenix performance for the ages, Joker is an outstanding cinematic achievement that’s sure to be talked about for years yet to come.

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Brittany Runs A Marathon

Sep 24, 19 Brittany Runs A Marathon

I have 10 double passes to the preview screening of BRITTANY RUNS A MARATHON, Monday 7 October at 6:30pm at Dendy Coorparoo.

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

“What small thing do you do to make your life the best it can be?”

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

In Cinemas OCTOBER 31
And November 15 on Amazon Prime


Brittany Forgler is 27 years old and a mess: her boss is disappointed in her, her doctor is worried about her, her friends don’t respect her, and, worst of all, she doesn’t respect herself. In search of a new life, Brittany laces up her Converses and runs one block. The next day, two. Pretty soon, a mile. She finally has direction, but is she on the right path? 

BRITTANY RUNS A MARATHON is the story of a woman who wants a better life, and sets out to conquer herself one city block at a time.

Thanks to Transmission Films and Amazon Originals

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