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FILM REVIEW: Entourage

Entourage (Doug Ellin, 2015)

Four years after the conclusion of the hit television series, Entourage arrives on the big screen.  Full disclosure: this reviewer has never seen the television series, and remains unsure as to how exactly it padded out enough material for eight seasons. But it’s not hard to see why Entourage has its fans. It revels in excess – excess money, excess boobs, excess common sense, and all in the excessive town that is Los Angeles. Fans of the television show will likely eat the movie right up, though it does just feel like one extended episode without much of a point. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Entourage

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FILM REVIEW: Gemma Bovery

Gemma Bovery (Anne Fontaine, 2014)

With a new Madame Bovary set to hit screens in a couple of months, Australian audiences are first treated to a French rendering of the tale, set in the current day. Based on Posy Simmonds’ graphic novel of the same name, Gemma Bovery puts a contemporary and self-referential spin on the Gustave Flaubert classic. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Gemma Bovery

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: 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: 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

FILM REVIEW: Boychoir

Boychoir (François Girard, 2014)

There’s something very cold about classical choirs. Is it the discipline? The lack of warmth in the traditional venues they perform in? Or the history of abuse against choirboys? Of course not everyone would share this sentiment, but for some, Boychoir may not quite seem the feel-good film it’s been made out to be. Though the warm and fuzzies may be muted, the film does, however, contain an uplifting story at its core. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Boychoir

FILM REVIEW: The Longest Ride

The Longest Ride (George Tillman Jr., 2015)

There’s nothing like a Nicholas Sparks book-to-film adaptation to send women’s hearts into a flutter. By now we’re fairly accustomed to their general premise. A conventionally beautiful girl. A guy with a chiselled jaw and abs. One of them with a dark past/secret. An older character to dish out wisdom about love. Some sexy times. Then some heartbreak. And then a sappy sweet, often unrealistic ending. Fans of Sparks know what they’re in for, and they’re unlikely to be disappointed with The Longest Ride. Plus, there are cowboys! Continue reading FILM REVIEW: The Longest Ride