Mini Review - Brooklyn
Brooklyn (out Feb 4) is set in 1952 and follows a young Irish woman (Saoirse Ronan) who immigrates to the United States. Battling homesickness, she meets an Italian guy determined to win her affections. This is a sweet, moving, gorgeously-shot tale that has the perfect balance of comedy and sentimentality. The characters are honest and genuine too. Will there be a better film this year? I don't think so. Grade: A+.
Mini Review - The Choice
The Choice (out Feb 4) is a dreary romantic drama based on a Nicholas Sparks novel. It's hard to say too much without giving away plot details but it's about two unlikely people who fall in love and have to overcome adversity. It's the kind of movie where everything feels forced. Grade: C-.
Mini Review - Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs (out Feb 4) is structured as a three act play. It follows Jobs as he prepares for the public launch of three products - one in 1984, 1988 and 1998. By taking this approach, writer Aaron Sorkin has created something that feels staged and unrealistic. It’s as if every key person in Steve Jobs’ life wants to complain in the half-hour leading up to each launch. The good performances can't quite compensate. Grade: B-.
Mini Review - Anomalisa
Anomalisa (out Feb 4) is a rarity - a stop-motion animated feature pitched at adults. It's no surprise that it's come from the creative mind of Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich). The film follows a depressed writer travelling to Cincinnati for a public speaking event. It's a great conversation generator and I’m still reflecting on its style and themes. Grade: A.
Mini Review - Dirty Grandpa
Dirty Grandpa (out Jan 28) is crude, politically incorrect, and not much else. Some will laugh at the film's continual offensiveness but the thin plot feels like it was constructed as an afterthought. Grade: C.
Mini Review - Looking For Grace
Looking For Grace (out Jan 28) is an Aussie drama centred around 2 teenage girls who run away from home. The film follows multiple characters - some interesting, some not so much. It doesn't all come together in the end but the style should maintain your interest. Grade: B-.
Mini Review - Room
Room (out Jan 28) is both horrifying and inspiring. A woman and her young son and held captive for 7 years in a tiny, soundproof room. When they finally escape, they face an even tougher battle to integrate back into society. The fact that it's told from the son's perspective is limiting in the later stages but the performances make this a tough, emotional ride. Grade: B+.
Mini Review - Spotlight
Spotlight (out Jan 28) is based on a true story and follows a team of investigative journalists as they dig deeper into the Catholic Church's cover up of child abuse in Boston. The script highlights the tough challenges that journalists face and the performances of the cast cannot be faulted. This is one of the best films I've seen in many years. Grade: A+.
Matt's Weekly 612ABC Podcast
You can hear me review the latest movies every Thursday at 6:40am with Spencer Howson on 612ABC Brisbane. We're Brisbane's highest rated breakfast show! My latest podcasts are below.
|Podcast from 4 Feb 2016|
|- Reviewing Anomalisa & Steve Jobs|
|Podcast from 28 Jan 2016|
|- Reviewing Spotlight & Room|
|Podcast from 21 Jan 2016|
|- Reviewing The Danish Girl|
|Podcast from 31 Dec 2015|
|- Reviewing The Peanuts Movie & Point Break|
|Podcast from 24 Dec 2015|
|- Reviewing Suffragette & Joy|