Mini Review - Everybody Wants Some!!
Everybody Wants Some!! (out Jun 23) is set in 1980 and follows 3 days in the life of a guy who is about to start college. He and his new housemates party hard, smoke weed, drink alcohol, and seduce women. That's about it. Similar to previous Linklater films, characters are the focus over story. I normally like that approach but with little in way of drama or conflict, it gets a touch tiring. Grade: B.
Mini Review - Independence Day: Resurgence
Independence Day: Resurgence (out Jun 23) has been made in the same mould as the original and features a mix of light-weight humour and action spectacle. It doesn’t feel as fresh as the original but perhaps that's more a reflection of today's movies and the fact that such alien invasion stories are so common. Too many characters but you can still have fun watching this. Grade: B.
Mini Review - Me Before You
Me Before You (out Jun 16) is the story of an inexperienced caregiver who starts falling in love with a quadriplegic patient. There are some clunky elements (e.g. her long-term boyfriend) but Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin work well alongside each other and the film explores worthy issues. Grade: B+.
Mini Review - Finding Dory
Finding Dory (out Jun 16) is the sequel to the hugely successful original from 2003. The storyline isn’t overly adventurous and it's making sure that kids are entertained first and foremost. The characters are adorable and the narrative is very easy to follow. It's not my favourite Pixar franchise (I'll take Toy Story thanks) but this is still hard not to like. Grade: B+.
Mini Review - Warcraft: The Beginning
Warcraft: The Beginning (out Jun 16) is breaking box-office records in China but it won't be winning any Oscars. It's nice to see a studio taking a chance on something new but this film takes a long time to get going. The action scenes, heavy on special effects, are tiring. Grade: C+.
Mini Review - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows (out Jun 9) is targeted squarely at younger audiences and should keep them sufficiently entertained. It’s hard to feel tension in a movie this silly but the numerous subplots and in-fighting amongst the Turtles kept me mildly interested. Grade: B-.
Mini Review - The Conjuring 2
The Conjuring 2 (out Jun 9) takes the well-worn horror genre and gives it a "freshen up". The film’s most impressive quality is its use of sound, music and visuals. Australian director James Wan clearly knows how to keep the audience on their toes. See this at night and see this with a large audience. Grade: A-.
Mini Review - Queen Of The Desert
Queen of the Desert (out Jun 2) is based on the true story of Gertrude Bell, a British explorer who traveled through the dangerous Middle East during the early 20th Century. It's slow and sanitised in places but it still offers insight into a woman few would be familiar with. 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 23 June 2016|
|- Reviewing Independence Day: Resurgence & Everybody Wants Some|
|Podcast from 16 June 2016|
|- Reviewing Finding Dory & Warcraft|
|Podcast from 9 June 2016|
|- Reviewing The Conjuring 2 & Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2|
|Podcast from 2 June 2016|
|- Reviewing God Willing & Money Monster|
|Podcast from 26 May 2016|
|- Reviewing Hunt For The Wilderpeople & The Nice Guys|