Mini Review - Captain America: Civil War
Captain America: Civil War (out Apr 28) feels like the first episode in a lengthy mini-series. It sets the stage, offers a few surprises, and teases audiences with a glimpse of what lies ahead. The political elements grabbed me most but there are still plenty of laughs for those looking for light hearted entertainment. Grade: B+.
Mini Review - A Month Of Sundays
A Month Of Sundays (out Apr 28) begins with an odd plot device (a wrong phone call) but once you get past that, it develops into a solid Aussie drama about two unlikely people in search of a connection. Grade: B-.
Mini Review - Midnight Special
Midnight Special (out Apr 21) is an intriguing drama about a boy with unusual powers and a range of people trying to understand why. Not all of the character actions make sense but I was still intrigued from start to finish. Grade: B+.
Mini Review - Marguerite
Marguerite (out Apr 21) is a French film set in the 1920s about a wealthy socialite who believes she has a beautiful singing voice. Unfortunately, no one is prepared to tell her the truth. The novelty gets a bit thin in the later stages but star Catherine Frot has created a character that is both sad and endearing. Grade: B.
Mini Review - Eddie The Eagle
Eddie The Eagle (out Apr 21) is based on the true story of Michael Edwards, a British ski jumper who became the first to represent his country at the 1988 Winter Olympics. The writers have tried to craft the ultimate crowd-pleaser but they’ve got a few steps too far. Some parts feel unbalanced and don’t ring true. Stars Taron Edgerton and Hugh Jackman are both good. Grade: B-.
Mini Review - Allegiant
Allegiant (out Apr 14) is the third installment of the Divergent franchise. There are some interesting concepts in this series (such as the swing in Naomi Watts' character) but it doesn't come together as neatly as it should. As an example, Tris is either incredibly smart or incredibly naive. My major rave is for Joseph Trapanese's film score. Grade: B-.
Mini Review - The Boss
The Boss (out Apr 14) is eerily similar to that Simpsons episode where Mr Burns loses his fortune, moves in with Smithers, becomes friends with Lisa, and then starts doing work for the community. Melissa McCarthy takes on the Burns-like role here but the film fails to create any conflict or tension that feels credible. Grade: C.
Mini Review - Wide Open Sky
Wide Open Sky (out Apr 14) is an Aussie documentary about a music conductor who recruits kids from regional NSW each year for an annual concert. There’s not quite enough material to stretch this out to a full 90 minutes but it's still a warm hearted documentary that highlights the importance of artistic pursuits. It’s cute to see the children audition and then discover their talents. 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 28 Apr 2016|
|- Reviewing A Month Of Sundays & Captain America: Civil War|
|Podcast from 21 Apr 2016|
|- Reviewing Eddie The Eagle & Marguerite|
|Podcast from 14 Apr 2016|
|- Reviewing The Boss & Wide Open Sky|
|Podcast from 24 Mar 2016|
|- Reviewing A Bigger Splash & Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice|
|Podcast from 17 Mar 2016|
|- Reviewing The Daughter & Zootopia|