All About Movies has been film reviewing the latest New Release theatrical films for over 10 years beginning on Radio in 1999. All About Movies continues to this day selectively reviewing films. Naturally over the years not all film reviews were published as most were verbal on Radio however we have included a sample of some of the more recent ones for you to enjoy. With invitations to press screenings of upcoming films, we hope to bring you film reviews of films that will go on to be cinema classics starring a new breed of Hollywood names as well as the familiar vintage classic stars of yesterday. You may also find some films you may question how they ever got made.
Melissa McCarthy (Spy and Bridesmaids) always brings to the screen her own unique brand of humour. It borders on slapstick and awkwardness which is guaranteed to get your attention. Doing a film review of 'The Boss' was always going to be full of surprises. In 'The Boss' her character 'Michelle Darnell' is a successful corporate executive who gets caught out participating in Insider Trading by a rival executive / past love interest played by Peter Dinklage (Game Of Thrones). Consequently she finds herself doing time for her crime and when she complete this, she turns to a past employee played by Kristin Bell (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) who takes her in when no one else will.
With so many superheroes out there these days you really don’t know what to expect when a Distributor invites you to a screening of yet another Marvel comic book character on film. Now if you are like this film reviewer did not read a lot of comics you are on the back foot to begin with. No doubt there were people in the audience who had read the comic that Deadpool movie originates from but I can happily say if you have not you will enjoy this film.Starring Ryan Reynolds (Woman In Gold) as our superhero ‘Deadpool’ we are taken on a journey of self-discovery. The old phrase ‘Don’t judge a book by its cover’ is a lesson that our anti superhero learns by the end of the film and the people that count in his life will accept him for.
You know that feeling when someone invites you to see a film and you really don't have any expectations about it? It could be a flop or it could be a success. Louise Wadley's feature film directorial debut with 'All About E' was one of those moments and i can happily say the experience was a great success.The storyline centres around a gay female DJ working in a Sydney nightclub who also lives with a male gay friend. They happen to stumble upon some stolen cash which leads to a chase across the Australian bush that threatens both of their lives.
This film reviewer has a particular interest in Mt. Everest as he considers it to be one of the last remote frontiers. As far as the movie goes I thought it was a winner.It is not over produced and the use of 3D is well done. The 3D effects give you a real feeling of the landscape the story is set in. Often 3D films are all about having ‘ objects coming at you and in your face’ so to speak but not so in this case. In fact it was so well done I think for marketing purposes the distributor could have used a tag line relating to the 3D effect of the scenery.
Well this film review is a little late but that is because i have not stopped laughing since i watched the film at the recent premiere. 'Trainwreck' stars Amy Schumer in her first feature film role but she is well known to audiences on the stand up comedy circuit. Supporting Schumer is Bill Hader whose works have been mostly in TV and voice with some film. What these two stars do have in common in their past is a significant dose of comic experience and this shows in Trainwreck. With a killer script written by Schumer and directed by Judd Apatow (producer of Bridesmaids and director of Knocked Up) you know this film is a winner!
Do you remember the excitement when Jurassic Park came out in 1993? Every film review raved on about the authenticity of the Dinosaurs and originality of the film. Walking among the Dinosaurs seemed like a reality as they roamed that tiny little island with out having to look like puppets or in 'stop motion' , as was perfected by the masterful Ray Harryhausen in previous Hollywood classics or beloved B grade movies such as The Land That Time Forgot. That same excitement has returned with the release of the Jurassic World movie I can happily report.
Shall we cancel the filming of it or not? That was the question Universal was faced with after Paul Walker was tragically killed in a car accident in November 2013.At the time he had completed nearly half of the film and considering he was second billing Universal could have been forgiven for dumping the project. If they did, I certainly would not have had the privilege to do this film review which as it turns out would have been a missed opportunity. However, after speaking with director James Wan and consulting with various special effects companies whom to this date remain unknown, Universal decided the film should proceed and the rest as they say is history.
Thinking about seeing Kingsman: The Secret Service, if you don't take life too seriously then go see it. Yes - there is significant violence but nothing really we haven't seen before in cinema history.On the other side of the coin there is lots of comedy and some great action sequences which you have come to expect from the director - Michael Vaughan of X-Men: First Class fame. Colin Firth's action man role James Bond 007 type is far removed from his breakout role in the Pride & Prejudice (BBC) as Mr Darcy and goes to illustrate how he continues to explore other acting roles.
When a film is rumoured to have significant nudity (usually at the female’s expense) before it opens in cinemas and its origins are from the American Hollywood studios then usually something has to have been sacrificed. In the case of ‘50 Shades of Grey’, the script seems to have been the casualty here and thus the film’s storyline. Based on the best-selling novel of the same name, I am reliably told (this film reviewer has not read the book) the script used in the film does not do the book justice. From a storytelling perspective, the film is essentially two hours of watching a pretty messed up good looking guy trying to persuade an innocent sweet girl to submit to his demeaning sexual / relationship demands. (A contract is even involved!). On the odd occasion some comic lines are delivered but not enough to save this film.
They sometimes say 'Genius Is A Curse'. On first appearance one might think Stephen Hawking had this curse. In his younger years although highly intelligent, Hawking was not the high profile, highly socially skilled and overly confident person. But when it came to science he had that undeniable trait that does rub off on people and that is ambition. His quest was, to understand all that science has to offer.
'The Theory Of Everything' directed by James Marsh of 'Man On A Wire' fame is based on the true story of the marriage between Stephen and Jane Hawking. The film begins when they meet at the University of Cambridge and as it progresses, chronicles the ups and downs of everyday life of living with Motor Neuron Disease, three young children and the added pressure of world wide fame.Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables 2012) plays Stephen Hawking unbelievably. So convincingly, you wonder how is body coped with the demands he placed on it to appear as if he had Motor Neuron disease. Hawking is originally told he only has two years to live and he will soon lose the ability to control most of his muscle functions. Well, the first part proved wrong as history will tell us but the second is correct.