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FILM REVIEW: While We’re Young

While We’re Young (Noah Baumbach, 2014)

Forty-something viewers are those most likely to identify with Noah Baumbach’s While We’re Young, but whether you’re Gen X, Y, or older, you’re likely to find something here to appreciate. And there’s music by Wings! Continue reading FILM REVIEW: While We’re Young

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FILM REVIEW: Insurgent

Insurgent (Robert Schwentke, 2015)

With a new director and screenwriters at the helm, Insurgent is the second and latest instalment in the Divergent trilogy. It looks mostly the same as last year’s Divergent, except that Tris (Shailene Woodley) has that pixie haircut going (after The Fault in Our Stars massacred her long locks last year). She looks a hell of a lot older and about a foot taller, though considering she’s well past the growth-spurt age, I think it’s just the hair. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Insurgent

FILM REVIEW: Birdman

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (Alejandro González Iñárritu, 2014)

From Batman to Birdman. It seems apt that in Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Michael Keaton plays a washed up actor best known for his earlier success as the star of a superhero franchise, who now just wants to be taken seriously. Unfortunately, – and this is my only criticism of the whole film – despite Birdman’s voice sounding extremely similar to Batman’s, Keaton never does utter the words “I’m Birdman”. This is a massive missed opportunity, but I’m holding out hope that he’ll say it in his Oscar speech, should he win. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Birdman

FILM REVIEW: St Vincent

St Vincent (Theodore Melfi, 2014)

Theodore Melfi makes his directing and screenwriting debut with St Vincent, a touching, yet mostly predictable comedy/drama about a cute kid and his cranky-pants neighbour. Like in Up, Dennis the Menace, Gran Torino, that episode of Modern Family, and a heap of other films that have gone before, I think we can guess where it’s heading. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: St Vincent