Mini Review - Testament Of Youth
Testament Of Youth (out Apr 23) follows a young British college student who finds her life forever changed as a result of World War I. It's based on the acclaimed memoir of Vera Brittain. The performances are adequate but the story has a familiarity that's difficult to shake. Grade: B-.
Mini Review - '71
'71 (out Apr 23) follows a young, inexperienced British soldier who attacked by Catholic protestors in Belfast. Separated from his comrades, he must work out who to trust so as to find a way home. Part historical drama and part action thriller, ’71 makes for gripping viewing. Grade: A-.
Mini Review - The Age Of Adaline
The Age Of Adaline (out Apr 16) is a satisfying fantasy about a 29-year-old woman who has stopped aging. To maintain her secret, she moves around the world and closes her heart to any advancing suitor. Blake Lively gives a beautiful performance in the lead role and helps you appreciate how difficult her life has been. Grade: B+.
Mini Review - Paul Blart Mall Cop 2
Paul Blart Mall Cop 2 (out Apr 16) sees Kevin James's character head to Vegas and get caught up in a casino robbery. The story is boring and the opening is too serious. There are a few laughs in the later stages but that's the only recommendation I can offer. Grade: C.
Mini Review - It Follows
It Follows (out Apr 16) is a very effective low-budget horror film about a "presence" that is trying to kill a young college student. The only way she can "pass it on" is to sleep with someone. It doesn't quite stick the landing but it's a cool premise that makes great use of music. Grade: A-.
Mini Review - While We're Young
While We're Young (out Apr 16) is a new comedy from director Noah Baumbach (The Squid And The Whale). It's about a middle aged couple who start reevaluating their life after become friends with a twenty-something couple. It's a little bit quirky, a little bit funny... but not particularly insightful. Grade: B.
Mini Review - The Gunman
The Gunman (out Apr 16) is about a former security contractor (Sean Penn) working in Congo who is trying to escape his past. The film’s anti-capitalism messages get lost in the gunfire but this is still a satisfying action piece about one man trying to outsmart his many adversaries. Not a bad cast either. Grade: B.
Mini Review - Black Sea
Black Sea (out Apr 9) is a thriller about a group of guys who get their hands on a dodgy submarine and go in search of a long lost treasure. There are a few complex moments but things get a bit silly in the later stages. Grade: B-.
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 16 Apr 2015|
|- Reviewing The Gunman & While We're Young|
|Podcast from 9 Apr 2015|
|- Reviewing The Longest Ride & X+Y|
|Podcast from 2 Apr 2015|
|- Reviewing Fast & Furious 7 & The DUFF|
|Podcast from 26 Mar 2015|
|- Reviewing A Little Chaos & Cinderella|
|Podcast from 19 Mar 2015|
|- Reviewing That Sugar Film & Run All Night|