FILM REVIEW: San Andreas

San Andreas (Brad Peyton, 2015)

If anyone’s going to save you from the most devastating earthquake the world has ever seen, it makes sense that it would be The Rock. But his star billing probably means that audiences won’t be holding out too much hope for a high quality movie. And they would be correct. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: San Andreas

FILM REVIEW: Spy

Spy (Paul Feig, 2015)

If you’re not already on the Melissa McCarthy bandwagon then you should promptly jump on, because the woman is hilarious. But unfortunately, her billing never comes with a guarantee of a quality film, as her film choices tend to be hit and miss. For every Bridesmaids, there is an Identify Thief, and even her recent foray into screenwriting was not well-received, with Tammy bombing at the box-office after multiple changes to its scheduled release. All is not lost though, as she is back with a vengeance in Spy, where she reteams with director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, The Heat) for some ball-busting espionage fun. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Spy

FILM REVIEW: Mad Max: Fury Road

Mad Max: Fury Road (George Miller, 2015)

Ten years in the making, the latest Mad Max instalment blazes into cinemas this month with a resounding bang. Forget The Avengers, forget Transformers, forget every other action movie you’ve ever seen (because chances are, they weren’t that good). And get ready for George Miller to change the game. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Mad Max: Fury Road

FILM REVIEW: Woman in Gold

Woman in Gold (Simon Curtis, 2015)

In Woman in Gold, Helen Mirren plays Maria Altman, a Jewish refugee who fled Austria for America before the outbreak of World War II, never to see her family again. Many decades later, after the death of her sister, she enlists the help of inexperienced lawyer Randol Schoenberg (Ryan Reynolds) to help her reclaim artwork stolen from her family by the Nazis. Of greatest value is Gustave Klimt’s ‘Woman in Gold’, a painting of Maria’s cherished Aunt Adele Bloch-Bauer, which hangs in the Austrian State Gallery in Vienna. With the case spanning over a decade, Maria is forced to face her demons by revisiting Vienna, where painful memories of Nazi occupation resurface. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Woman in Gold

FILM REVIEW: A Royal Night Out

A Royal Night Out (Julian Jarrold, 2015)

The release of A Royal Night Out could hardly have been timelier. With the birth of Her Royal Highness Charlotte this month, royalists are going cray for princesses, and not of the Elsa or Anna variety. Princesses are treasured by the public, and not just because of their divine outfits (though that is a large part of it – Kate Middleton’s fuchsia coat = LOVE). The Queen is getting on, but A Royal Night Out reminds us that she too used to be a beautiful young lass with a preordained future ahead of her. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: A Royal Night Out

MUSICAL REVIEW: Dirty Dancing

Dirty Dancing (Melbourne, 2015)

If you’re looking for a solid dance musical (with more dance, less singing), then look no further. Baz Luhrmann, eat your heart out, because Dirty Dancing outclasses your Strictly Ballroom on every level. Continue reading MUSICAL REVIEW: Dirty Dancing

FILM REVIEW: Ex Machina

Ex Machina (Alex Garland, 2015)

Ex Machina is one of the best films of the year thus far: smart, thought-provoking, brilliantly acted and well-crafted. But thinking about it for too long may cause your brain to implode. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Ex Machina