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.
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.
Angelina Jolie is known for many things, married to Brad Pitt, daughter of Jon Voight and regular humanitarian activist. However as a film reviewer I can now happily report that Jolie has made her mark as a very capable director in the upcoming film Unbroken. 'Unbroken' tells the true story of Louis Zamperini, American track and field star of the 1936 Olympic Games and survivor of the Japanese prisoner of war camps of WW2. What makes this film such a pleasure to watch despite the terrible subject matter, is the inspiring portrayal of the human spirit.
Russell Crowe has turned down many opportunities in his film career. He was offered the role of Wolverine in 'X-Men', Aragon in the 'The Lord of the Rings' Trilogy and the male lead in 'About A Boy' all for a variety of reasons. When it came to The Water Diviner, Crowe knew he had an opportunity to showcase his talent for directing for the first time and to tell a story that was unique about Gallipoli.
The Water Diviner tells the story of the only Australian father who returned to Gallipoli to search for his three sons missing, presumed dead.His journey will see him discover the horrors of war as well as the humanity of the Turkish people it effected. Unlike Peter Weir's landmark film Gallipoli, The Water Diviner's focus is on the relationship between the Turkish and Australian people.
My film review for My Old Lady will be short but to the point. Starring Kevin Kline, Maggie Smith and Kristin Scott Thomas I can report that it is well worth seeing. Kline showcases his ability for comic timing (think A Fish Called Wanda) but also he has great capacity as a dramatic actor. Maggie Smith (Harry Potter movies) is up to her usual high standard and is a pleasure to watch on screen in a dramatic role. Thomas (English Patient) in a supporting role completes what is essentially a trilogy of great performances.Set against a European back drop, 'My Old Lady' leaves you thinking about relationships - the good,the bad and sometimes funny aspects of them. For a feel good film (which we can all do at times) this is a must!
Well the verdict is in....'Fury' is no 'Saving Private Ryan' but it is worth a look.It has similarities as it touches on the morality of warfare quite well and it is not for the faint hearted. The special effects in the battle scenes are quite impressive under the careful direction of David Ayer (Training Day).Probably where it is most unique is you do get a good indication and probably Hollywood's first of what it was like to serve out a war in a tank! The feeling of being in a metal box on tracks is always present. The enclosed nature and necessity of having to get on with your fellow soldiers is made evident often. Girls, there is one moment where you do get to see Brad with his shirt off but that is all - sorry.This film reviewer came away having enjoyed seeing it on the big screen and I would suggest you see it that way.
'Dracula Untold' promises to give the viewer a more 'family' approach to the tale of blood and revenge. By 'family' this film reviewer does not mean it is one for children to go and see as it is rated 'M' but rather the storyline highlights what lengths a father will go to protect his family. Luke Evans who is currently featuring in the 'Hobbit' films plays the lead role as 'Vlad Tepes' Prince Of Transylvania.
Taken as a boy by the Turks to fight for them, he swears to his wife Mirena (Sarah Gadon) that he will never let this happen to his own son. The current Sultan of Turkey played by Dominic Cooper who was last seen in his most commercial role in 'Captain America', has other ideas.He wants a thousand boys to add to his army and Vlad's son is to be one of them. Out numbered, out gunned and when it seems all is lost, Vlad does a deal with an evil source played by Charles Dance Game of Thrones fame in order to defeat the turks.
Director Gary Shore has presented us with a film that is full of conflict on the rights and wrongs of parental responsibilty. If you do not expect the battle scenes to be out of 'Braveheart' or the 'Horror' moments to be full of gore (which this film reviewer was very grateful for), then you will enjoy the film and look forward to a possible life of its own.
'Lucy' directed by Luc Besson (The Lady & The Fifth Element) has some very capable actors involved in it. Scarlett Johansson nominated for four golden globes, Oscar winning Morgan Freeman and the main villain played by Min-Sik Choi - four time winner of the Asian Pacific Film awards.The storyline of Lucy is as follows. Scarlett Johansson is accidently caught up in a commercial drug ring that is distributing a drug that is supposed to increase the human brain power beyond the usual 10%. After mistakenly having it leaked into her body, her brain power begins to increase on a path to 100%. Knowing this, Lucy (armed with new physical and mental talents) seeks revenge on the drug lord (Min-Sik Choi) but also guidance from a professor (Morgan Freeman) who lectures in increased brain power but he still believes it is only theory.