2017 Oscars Competition!
Are you ready for my 17th Oscars competition? All you have to do is pick the winner in the six tricky categories I have chosen. The first and only prize is a $50 Amazon voucher and you can find out more information on the entry form.
To enter, simply click here. Best of luck!
Mini Review - Trespass Against Us
Trespass Against Us (out Feb 16) is a disappointingly dull British drama about a middle aged man trying to escape his father's criminal ways. Grade: C.
Mini Review - T2: Trainspotting
T2: Trainspotting 2 (out Feb 23) is a sequel to the iconic 1996 original from director Danny Boyle. While it’s great to catch up with these eclectic characters, the screenplay is slight. Knowledge of the original film isn’t essential but it would be a helpful prerequisite. Grade: B-.
Mini Review - The Great Wall
The Great Wall (out Feb 16) is like an episode of Game of Thrones with a Chinese flavour. Set in "long ago" times, a group of soldiers use the famous wall to fend off intelligent monsters. Matt Damon is the film's weakest film. If you ignore his bland character, you're left with original, creative action sequences as the warriors use every trick in the book. Grade: B+.
Mini Review - Silence
Silence (out Feb 16) is the story of two Catholic priests who travel to Japan in the 17th Century to help grow the religion. The performances and cinematography are hard to fault. Still, it's a hard slog at 161 minutes and is as much an endurance test for the audience as it is for the characters. Grade: B.
Mini Review - Hidden Figures
Hidden Figures (out Feb 16) is simplistic, cheesy in places but it's still a beautiful tribute to three African American women who overcame much discrimination to forge a career at NASA during the 1960s. Starts Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe are very, very hard to dislike. Grade: B+.
Mini Review - Fifty Shades Darker
Fifty Shades Darker (out Feb 9) wins a few points for being a less conventional romantic drama. Unfortunately, the storyline is slight and some scenes were laughably bad (such as one involving a helicopter). Grade: C+.
Mini Review - A Street Cat Named Bob
A Street Cat Named Bob (out Feb 9) doesn't flow all that smoothly but it's still an affecting story about a homeless man who, in trying to shake a drug addiction, becomes friends with a stray cat. Grade: B.
Mini Review - Gold
Gold (out Feb 2) is based on a true story and follows a struggling American businessman (Matthew McConaughey) who travels to Indonesia with hopes of constructing a successful gold mine. It's a "truth is stranger than fiction" kind of tale but it's slow to make its point. Grade: B-.