Mini Review - Office Christmas Party
Office Christmas Party (out Dec 8) has a small number of laughs but for the most part, it's a limp comedy. It focuses too much on a dull story about "saving the company" and less on the outrageous Christmas party that features prominently in the advertising. Grade: C.
Mini Review - Queen of Katwe
Queen of Katwe (out Dec 1) is based on a true story and follows a young girl who rises from the slums of Uganda to become an international chess champion. There's not a lot of subtlety in the film but it's still a feel-good underdog tale that will warm hearts. Grade: B+.
Mini Review - Little Men
Little Men (out Dec 8) reminds us that life often throws up situations where there are no winners. Two well-meaning families find themselves caught up in a property dispute which threatens the friendship of their 13-year-old sons. This is a well-told tale that comes together nicely in the last half-hour. Grade: B+.
Mini Review - The Founder
The Founder (out Nov 24) is slow at times but as a whole, it's still an enlightening drama about how Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton) created the world's largest fast food empire. Grade: B+.
Mini Review - Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (out Nov 24) is from director Ang Lee and explores the way in which Americans distance themselves from the realities of war and the way in which it is packaged as "entertainment". It's discussion worthy but there's a level of repetition in the film that makes it less interesting that it could have been. Grade: B.
Mini Review - Underworld: Blood Wars
Underworld: Blood Wars (out Dec 1) is "more of the same" in this long running franchise. It's light on narrative and heavy on gory fight sequences. Aside from a creative action piece on a frozen lake, there's not a lot to get excited about. Grade: C+.
Mini Review - Dancer
Dancer (out Dec 1) is a documentary that chronicles the life of Sergei Polunin, a Russian ballet dancer who took the world by storm 10 years ago but then fell from grace. It's an interesting story but not a fascinating one. Grade: B-.
Mini Review - Bad Santa 2
Bad Santa 2 (out Nov 24) contains plenty of insults but there's not much to offer in the way of narrative and laugh-out-loud moments. This time around, Billy Bob Thornton's foul-mouthed character teams up with his mother and former colleague to rob a dodgy charity. Grade: C.
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 1 Dec 2016|
|- Reviewing Trolls & Underworld: Blood Wars & Top 10 Films Of 2016|
|Podcast from 17 Nov 2016|
|- Reviewing I, Daniel Blake & Fantastic Beasts|
|Podcast from 10 Nov 2016|
|- Reviewing Nocturnal Animals & Arrival|
|Podcast from 27 Oct 2016|
|- Reviewing Doctor Strange & Hell or High Water|
|Podcast from 20 Oct 2016|
|- Reviewing Jack Reacher: Never Go Back & Cafe Society|