Mini Review - Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (out Jul 30) features a stale storyline but director Christopher McQuarrie keeps us interested thanks to some wonderfully choreographed action sequences. Swedish born Rebecca Ferguson is the pick of the cast as an individual who seems to be playing all sides. A shame the film's keynote villain is so bland. He’s just another well-funded lunatic with a bunch of dumb henchman. Grade: B+.
Mini Review - Far From Men
Far From Men (out Jul 30) can be described as slow or patient (depending on your mood). Set in 1954 on the eve of the Algerian War, the film follows a withdrawn school teacher who is asked to transport a local man on trial for murder. A grim character study about difficult choices we sometimes must make. Grade: B.
Mini Review - The Gallows
The Gallows (out Jul 23) is another "found footage" horror flick that offers a few decent thrills but not much else. It's centered on a high school who is staging a play that many believe to be cursed. Grade: C.
Mini Review - 13 Minutes
13 Minutes (out Jul 23) tells the tale of a German man who tried to assassinate Adolf Hitler in 1939. His plan was quite remarkable (even though it failed) but the film focuses more on his background and motivations. It's therefore not as exciting as you might think. Grade: B-.
Mini Review - Self/Less
Self/Less (out Jul 23) is an unevenly paced sci-fi thriller about a dying man who is given a new body... but he finds out it's been used before. The characters act stupidly and the screenplay rushes too quickly between its twists and turns. Face/Off did it much better. Grade: C+.
Mini Review - Mr Holmes
Mr Holmes (out Jul 23) isn’t really a whodunit tale (despite what the title may imply). It’s a sad, heart-warming drama about an old, prickly man in desperate need of a connection. Featuring a great performance from Ian McKellen, it culminates with a memorable punch line that has something to say about the value of fiction when compared to reality. Grade: A-.
Mini Review - Ant-Man
Ant-Man (out Jul 16) is the latest Marvel superhero to make it to the big screen and, as the title suggests, follows a guy who can shrunk to the size of the ant (which comes in handy when fighting crime). I was underwhelmed by the film's villain and its familiar themes. Paul Rudd isn't too bad as the star. Grade: B-.
Mini Review - Paper Towns
Paper Towns (out Jul 16) follows a high school teenager who goes in search of his "dream" girlfriend (despite the fact they never talk) after she mysteriously goes missing. These characters are shallow and moronic. If Paper Towns is representative of the youth of today, our species is truly doomed. 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 30 Jul 2015|
|- Reviewing Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation & Far From Men|
|Podcast from 23 Jul 2015|
|- Reviewing Mr Holmes & Self/Less|
|Podcast from 16 Jul 2015|
|- Reviewing Women He's Undressed & Paper Towns|
|Podcast from 9 Jul 2015|
|- Reviewing Magic Mike XXL & Madame Bovary|
|Podcast from 2 Jul 2015|
|- Reviewing Terminator Genisys & Amy|