Mini Review - Gloria Bell
Gloria Bell (out Apr 25) is an English remake of the 2013 Chilean-Spanish film Gloria. It's the tale of a lonely woman in her late 50s (Julianne Moore) struggling to find friends and romance. Void of clichés and over-scripted dialogue, this is an authentic romantic drama that makes you care for its characters. Grade: B+.
Mini Review - The Chaperone
The Chaperone (out Apr 25) is a sweet drama set in the 1920s about a middle-aged woman from Kansas who serves as chaperone for an aspiring dancer in New York City. The subplots involving the dancer don't offer much but the chaperone (played Elizabeth McGovern) is a character who becomes more and more interesting with each scene. Grade: B.
Mini Review - The Hummingbird Project
The Hummingbird Project (out Apr 25) follows a group of guys trying to make millions of dollars by building an uber-fast internet line which will be used to get stock market information. This is a boring, messy film with unlikeable characters and no key message. Grade: C.
Mini Review - Celeste
Celeste (out Apr 25) was shot in far North Queensland and is centred on a retired opera singer looking to make a comeback. It's a film that is trying to build an aura of mystery with regards to the characters but it feels like such a shallow story when the cards are revealed. Slow going. Grade: C+.
Mini Review - 1985
1985 (out Apr 25) is set in that particular year and tells the story of a young man who visits his family over the Christmas holidays and tries to harness the courage to tell them he is gay. Making the most of its grainy, black and white look, this is a moving film. Grade: A-.
Mini Review - The Curse of the Weeping Woman
The Curse of the Weeping Woman (out Apr 18) is a "been there, done that" horror flick about a demonic woman who possesses young children. There's nothing particularly creepy or creative about this. Grade: C.
Mini Review - Burning
Burning (out Apr 18) is an absorbing drama-thriller from South Korea. It's the tale of an introverted young man who bumps into a girl he knew from school but hasn't seen in years. This is a film with some great conversations and plenty of twists and turns. Lots to think about afterwards. Grade: A-.
Mini Review - Thunder Road
Thunder Road (out Apr 18) is low-budget American film (shot for less than $500k) about a chatty, insecure police officer who is battling problems at work and at home. He's an odd but endearing character. A quality drama with a dash of comedy. Grade: B+.