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FILM REVIEW: A Simple Favour (2018)

Based on the book of the same name by Darcey Bell, A Simple Favour sees Stephanie Smothers (Anna Kendrick), a mummy blogger, trying to raise her young son (Joshua Satine) on her own while keeping up an Energiser bunny-like enthusiasm. Despite her willingness to get involved she hasn’t made many friends, and quickly becomes enamoured by one of the other mothers, the mysterious Emily Nelson (Blake Lively). After sharing a series of playdates where they drink cocktails and exchange secrets, Emily asks Stephanie for a simple favour while her husband (Henry Golding) is away: to pick up her son (Ian Ho) from school. A few days later, there’s still no sign of Emily. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: A Simple Favour (2018)

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FILM REVIEW: Table 19

Table 19 (Jeffrey Blitz, 2017)

If you ever find yourself watching Table 19 on Netflix or a similar streaming service, you may be inclined to give up twenty minutes in and choose something else. But keep in mind that it does significantly improve, even if it does take until the half way point to really get going. If you go the old-fashioned route of buying your ticket to Table 19 at a cinema, you are presumably more likely to persevere even when things look bleak. Unlike the many Anna Kendrick vehicles that bypass cinemas and go straight to digital, this is one film that will rely on its cinema attendance because for home viewers spoilt for choice, it takes too long to prove its worth. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Table 19

FILM REVIEW: Trolls

Trolls (Walt Dohrn & Mike Mitchell, 2016)

Nineties kids may have fond memories of the troll dolls with the big bright hair that could be styled every which way. The toys have been around since the 1960s, with revivals occurring every couple of decades. In 2016 they make a return in computer-animated form, and their hair is as fabulous as ever. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Trolls

FILM REVIEW: The Accountant

The Accountant (Gavin O’Connor, 2016)

Ben Affleck is The Accountant. The film’s title doesn’t exactly evoke much excitement, but like every other film this year, it can’t be any worse than the snooze-fest that was Batman V Superman. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: The Accountant

FILM REVIEW: Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (Jake Szymanski, 2016)

Whether you enjoy the latest Kendrick/Efron vehicle will depend on your propensity to take offence to crass humour. But while it’s wrong on so many levels, it’s actually oh so right if you can stomach it. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates

FILM REVIEW: The Last Five Years

The Last Five Years (Richard LaGravenese, 2015)

After what seems like an eternity, musical theatre fans finally have the chance to see the long-awaited film adaptation of the Off-Broadway hit, The Last Five Years. After playing a very limited release in the US, it arrives in Australia almost five months later with little fanfare. Only the most devout fans will even be aware of its existence, but maybe that’s for the best. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: The Last Five Years

FILM REVIEW: Pitch Perfect 2

Pitch Perfect 2 (Elizabeth Banks, 2015)

They’re back, pitches! After the success of television’s Glee and 2012’s Pitch Perfect, choirs and acapella groups have moved from their lowly position on the hierarchy of cool to, well, just a smidgen higher. Misfits achieving their musical dreams have struck a chord (so to speak) with audiences, paving the way for this highly anticipated sequel. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Pitch Perfect 2