Mini Review - Keeping Up With The Joneses
Keeping Up With The Joneses (out Oct 20) is an easy-to-like comedy about an ordinary couple who think something is a little strange about their new neighbours. Zach Galifianakis and Isla Fisher work well off each other. The only weak point is the ho-hum ending. Grade: B.
Mini Review - Jack Reacher: Never Go Back
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (out Oct 20) sees Tom Cruise reprise his role from the 2012 original as he tries to help a major in the U.S. military who has been charged with a crime she didn't commit. Cruise does his best to create a character that is fun, strong and determined but the script isn't as compelling this time around. Grade: B-.
Mini Review - Cafe Society
Cafe Society (out Oct 18) lacks the sharp, witty dialogue synonymous with other Woody Allen films. Set in the 1930s, it's Kristen Stewart who shines brightest as a secretary caught between her powerful boss (Steve Carell) and his naive nephew (Jesse Eisenberg). Too much name dropping and not enough story. Grade: C+.
Mini Review - Inferno
Inferno (out Oct 13) is the latest adaptation of a Dan Brown novel. While his works have captivated readers, I'm not sure this film will do the same. Our hero, Robert Langdon (Hanks), has a couple of puzzles to solve but the more prevalent scenes involve him repetitively running from the authorities Jason Bourne style. To its credit, at least the villain has some thought provoking motives. Grade: C+.
Mini Review - Joe Cinque's Consolation
Joe Cinque's Consolation (out Oct 13) brings to the screen one of Australia's most baffling crimes. Set in the 1990s, it's centered on a law student with mental health issues and suicidal tendencies. It's a story worth telling but the film doesn't offer as much insight into these characters as you might expect. Grade: B-.
Mini Review - Julieta
Julieta (out Oct 13) is for admirers of iconic Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar and for those who enjoy a mystery fuelled by the darker elements of human nature. It's about a middle-aged mother living in Madrid who reflects on her past and why her daughter has been missing for more than a decade. Grade: A-.
Mini Review - Girl On The Train
The Girl on the Train (out Oct 6) is the tale of a troubled woman caught up in a murder mystery. The film offers intrigue and a few red herrings but doesn’t provide a knockout punch. Emily Blunt is the film’s strongest asset. She uses an array of tears, bloodshot eyes, and quizzical looks to illustrate her character's instability. Grade: B-.
Mini Review - Deepwater Horizon
Deepwater Horizon (out Oct 6) chronicles the worst oil rig disaster in U.S. history. It spends too much time on the introduction but once the trouble begins, it's an intense action thriller where characters face many life or death situations. With more explosions than a New Year's Eve fireworks show, this is a sound technicians dream. 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 13 Oct 2016|
|- Reviewing Inferno & Julieta|
|Podcast from 6 Oct 2016|
|- Reviewing Deepwater Horizon & The Girl On The Train|
|Podcast from 29 Sep 2016|
|- Reviewing The Magnificent Seven & Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children|
|Podcast from 22 Sep 2016|
|- Reviewing Snowden & Storks|
|Podcast from 15 Sep 2016|
|- Reviewing Spin Out & Bridget Jones's Baby|