Mini Review - Raw
Raw (out Apr 20) is a wonderfully messed up French horror film about a vegetarian teenager who develops a love for human flesh during her first year at college. Some scenes are "hard to stomach" which makes it all the better. Grade: A-.
Mini Review - Table 19
Table 19 (out Apr 20) is a comedy about a group of "randoms" seated in the far corner table at a wedding reception. They open up about their respective backgrounds and problems. There’s a lot of talk at Table 19 but there weren’t many laughs in Cinema 4. Grade: C.
Mini Review - Going in Style
Going in Style (out Apr 20) is an uninspired, unfunny comedy about three 70-something-year-old guys who plan on robbing a bank to pay for their retirement. None of the characters demonstrate any intelligence and it looks like they wrote the script as they went along. Grade: C.
Mini Review - Their Finest
Their Finest (out Apr 20) is a fictitious WWII comedy-drama about a young Welsh woman (Gemma Arterton) who finds herself making propaganda films to help lift the spirit of the British public. I was disappointed by the final act but this is still a likeable crowd-pleaser that offers drama, comedy and romance. Grade: B.
Mini Review - Berlin Syndrome
Berlin Syndrome (out Apr 20) is based on the novel by Melanie Joosten and is about young Australian woman living in Germany who is abducted and kept captive by a sinister man. I wasn't 100% sold by the finale but it's a tense thriller in the lead up. It asks the question - "what would you do in the same situation?" Grade: B+.
Mini Review - The Country Doctor
The Country Doctor (out Apr 13) is an odd French drama about a sick doctor who is training an assistant. It meanders along and then culminates with a rushed finale that feels out of place. Grade: C+.
Mini Review - Frantz
Frantz (out Apr 13) is the story of Frenchman who mysteriously befriends the widow of a German soldier just after World War I. Some scenes are quite moving but there are lulls in between where my interest waned. Grade: B.
Mini Review - CHIPS
CHIPS (out Apr 6) is based on the TV series from the late 1970s as is a standard, unadventurous comedy about two California Highway Patrol officers uncovering massive corruption within their ranks. There's chemistry between stars Michael Peña and Dax Shepard but most jokes are childish and not that funny. Grade: C+.