Mini Review - The Magnificent Seven
The Magnificent Seven (out Sep 29) is far from perfect but in a time when westerns are few and far between, it provides a nice throwback to a forgotten genre. Peter Sarsgaard plays the horrid villain and is the pick of the cast. A shame the heroes aren't more interesting and charismatic. Grade: B.
Mini Review - Storks
Storks (out Sep 22) is the tale of a bird looking to become boss of a leading shipping company but finds this efforts thwarted by a clumsy human. The film is overly complex in places (not sure how much kids will understand) but there are a few keynote scenes (a silent fight for example) that earn big points. Grade: B.
Mini Review - Snowden
Snowden (out Sep 22) can't surpass the brilliant 2014 documentary Citizenfour but it's still an interesting, slightly fictionalised telling of the Edward Snowden story. It encapsulates much into its 134 minute running time and will add to the growing debate about the reach of government, rightly or wrongly, into our lives. Grade: A-.
Mini Review - Blair Witch
Blair Witch (out Sep 15) is a dull sequel to the 1999 original. The lead up is too long, you won't care about the characters, and the "scary" finale gets tired quickly. Grade: C.
Mini Review - Spin Out
Spin Out (out Sep 15) is an Australian comedy centred on a Bachelor and Spinsters Ball and ute muster in a small country town. This is 90 minutes of drinking, dancing, driving, and seduction. There are too many characters (many add no value) but it does celebrate the culture of rural Australia while also providing a light-hearted love story. Grade: B-.
Mini Review - Pete's Dragon
Pete's Dragon (out Sep 15) is based on the 1977 film and is the tale of a boy and his pet dragon who are discovered in a secluded forest. The story's confused villain is laughably bad but the rest makes for a fun live-action adventure that kids will enjoy. Grade: B+.
Mini Review - The Infiltrator
The Infiltrator (out Sep 1) is based on actual events and looks into the life of a U.S. Customs special agent who helped bring down Pablo Escobar's money-laundering organization in the 1980s. It's an interesting tale but it's hard to pull all the characters and all the detail into this 2 hour movie. Grade: B-.
Mini Review - Captain Fantastic
Captain Fantastic (out Sep 8) is the tale of a protective father (Viggo Mortensen) who has raised his 6 children in isolation from the rest of the world. This is an emotive film that explores the value of difference in an homogenised world. Great performances from the child actors. 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 22 Sep 2016|
|- Reviewing Snowden & Storks|
|Podcast from 15 Sep 2016|
|- Reviewing Spin Out & Bridget Jones's Baby|
|Podcast from 8 Sep 2016|
|- Reviewing Sully & The Secret Life of Pets|
|Podcast from 1 Sep 2016|
|- Reviewing Blood Father & Nerve|
|Podcast from 25 Aug 2016|
|- Reviewing Ben-Hur & Free State Of Jones|