Mini Review - The DUFF
The DUFF (out Apr 2) isn’t as fresh as other teen-orientated films such as Mean Girls and Easy A but it’s still a fun way of spending two hours. It's the story of an "ugly duckling" (she's not really though) who goes through a transformation to win the heart of a boy she adores. A small shame that it follows so many clichés. Grade: B+.
Mini Review - Shaun The Sheep Movie
Shaun The Sheep Movie (out Mar 26) is a spin off from the popular Wallace & Gromit franchise and follows a group of curious sheep who cause a lot of mayhem. What makes this animated feature so cool is that there's no dialogue! The characters rely almost entirely on facial expressions to tell a story that is cute and easy to follow. Grade: A-.
Mini Review - Infinitely Polar Bear
Infinitely Polar Bear (out Mar 26) is the story of a man battling bipolar disorder while trying to win back his wife's affections and care for 2 young daughters. While it doesn't pack a strong emotional punch, it certainly highlights how tough life can be. Grade: B.
Mini Review - A Little Chaos
A Little Chaos (out Mar 26) is set in the year 1682 and is centred on a female gardener (Kate Winslet) commissioned to build a jaw-dropping display for King Louis XIV of France at his new palace in Versailles. It's a very "niche" storyline that left me feeling unsympathetic towards its characters. Nicely shot though. Grade: B-.
Mini Review - Dior & I
Dior And I (out Mar 26) is a documentary that takes us inside the House Of Christian Dior as newly appointed designer Raf Simons pulls together his first haute couture collection. It's a film designed for fashion lovers and while I don't fit into that category, the passion that the workers have for their profession comes through strongly. Grade: B.
Mini Review - Cinderella
Cinderella (out Mar 26) is colourfully shot, has some great dialogue, and its themes come through loud and clear. Above all else, the best reason I can give to see this film is Cate Blanchett. She’s incredibly good as the evil stepmother. It's just a shame the premise is somewhat “out dated”. I'd have preferred the title character to have a little more spark. Grade: B+.
Mini Review - Get Hard
Get Hard (out Mar 26) is being deliberately controversial by making jokes about race, sexuality, domestic violence, and rape (there's plenty of those). I'm fully supportive of provocative comedy but it needs to be funny and it needs to have a point. Both of those qualities are missing here. Grade: C.
Mini Review - Leviathan
Leviathan (out Mar 26) is a Russian drama that earned a foreign language Oscar nomination. Director Andrey Zvyagintsev challenges the audience by not showing several key events. As a result, you need to focus not on what happens... but rather how characters react. The plot is forever shifting and this is a riveting, unsettling piece of cinema. 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 26 Mar 2015|
|- Reviewing A Little Chaos & Cinderella|
|Podcast from 19 Mar 2015|
|- Reviewing That Sugar Film & Run All Night|
|Podcast from 12 Mar 2015|
|- Reviewing Inherent Vice & Top Five|
|Podcast from 5 Mar 2015|
|- Reviewing Focus & The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel|
|Podcast from 26 Feb 2015|
|- Reviewing A Most Violent Year & Project Almanac|