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FILM REVIEW: Bad Moms

Bad Moms (Jon Lucas & Scott Moore, 2016)

Everyone loves to judge, and everyone loves to judge mothers.  Even other mothers. It’s a jungle out there. In the schoolyard at drop off and pick up time. Or so I’ve heard. While this reviewer didn’t go into this film with firsthand experience, Bad Moms was still great fun. And while it did seem to gloss over some of the hardships of parenting, it will surely be a winner with many mums (or ‘moms’). Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Bad Moms

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FILM REVIEW: Ghostbusters (2016)

Ghostbusters (Paul Feig, 2016)

If there’s something strange, in your neighbourhood, it’s probably a pathetic loser living in his parents’ basement trolling the female Ghostbusters. And how disappointed he will be to hear that it’s actually not the failure he’d been so desperately anticipating. Time to go back to your porn, buddy. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Ghostbusters (2016)

FILM REVIEW: The Boss

The Boss (Ben Falcone, 2016)

Melissa McCarthy.  Who knows which way a film with her name on it will go. You always get a sense of what you’re going to get, but you can never quite trust whether the overall product will be any good. For every Bridesmaids, there’s an Identity Thief. For every Spy, there’s a Tammy.  One would hope that The Boss would find a place among her better work, but early signs weren’t positive. McCarthy’s husband Ben Falcone directs and co-writes (with McCarthy), after his less than successful debut with Tammy. Kristen Bell co-stars, and if there’s anyone who matches McCarthy in the “will-it-or-won’t-it-be-good” stakes, it’s her. (For every Veronica Mars there’s a When in Rome, for every Frozen there’s a You Again, for every adorable reaction to a sloth there’s a role in Movie 43). Then there was the trailer which involved McCarthy working Bell’s bra like a puppet master. Expectations were not high. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: The Boss

FILM REVIEW: The Jungle Book (2016)

The Jungle Book (Jon Favreau, 2016)

Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book is brought to life in Disney’s first live-action adaptation of the year. Justin Marks‘ screenplay is a darker take on the Disney classic, appearing to borrow more from Kipling’s books than the 1967 animation. All the familiar characters are back – one with a sex change – and Mowgli’s happy-go-lucky attitude is still there, but this is certainly not one for the littlies.
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FILM REVIEW: Where to Invade Next

Where to Invade Next (Michael Moore, 2015)

Sometimes it’s easy to idolise America – the supposed land of the free, the home of Broadway, the place where dreams come true in the movies. But then you remember all that is wrong with the United States – their gun laws, their healthcare, their working conditions, and that Donald Trump actually has a shot at the presidency, which speaks volumes of the failings of the education system. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Where to Invade Next

FILM REVIEW: The Huntsman: Winter’s War

The Huntsman: Winter’s War (Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, 2016)

Chris Hemsworth returns as The Huntsman in this prequel-sequel-in-one, a film that proves that sometimes there simply isn’t enough backstory to be fleshed out for a whole extra movie. The Huntsman: Winter’s War wraps itself around 2012’s Snow White and the Huntsman, with some added faces and one notable omission. Snow White isn’t seen this time around (only briefly from the back), most likely on account of Kristin Stewart’s indiscretion with previous director Rupert Sanders. This time it is visual effects specialist Cedric Nicolas-Troyan who takes the director’s chair. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: The Huntsman: Winter’s War

FILM REVIEW: Victoria

Victoria (Sebastian Schipper, 2015)

It’s been said that if you come out of a film thinking about the cinematography, it probably wasn’t a very good film overall. Victoria ran the risk of relying too much on this factor; the film’s cinematographer, Sturla Brandth Grøvlen, even earns first credit above director Sebastian Schipper in the end titles. The film is shot in one single continuous take (not Birdman-style, but actually) and has a run time of 134 minutes. Some may call it a gimmick, and alone it wouldn’t be enough to make a great film. However, it is the combination of the strength of the performances, a compelling story, and a unique way of shooting that make Victoria an extraordinary feat of filmmaking that should be seen by all lovers of cinema. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Victoria