Friday, December 7, 2012

Weekly Review Round Up 7th December 2012


THIS WEEK'S PREVIEWS


What should you spend your precious dollars on when visiting the cinema? What needs popcorn to enjoy?  And what needs waiting until DVD?

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Skyfall ★★★★½  (My movie Pick of the week)

Opens in Australia: 22nd November 2012
Other Countries: Release Information

 
OUR THOUGHTS

It’s broken the box-office records and some say it is the best Bond yet.  It certainly has one of the best opening chase sequences we’ve seen in a Bond and there its all gone retro this time.  After twenty-three films and fifty years Bond is still thrilling audiences.  For my full review Click Here 

STUDIO BLURB

In Skyfall, Bond's loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost. -- (C) Official Site

 
Pitch Perfect ★★★½

Opens in Australia: 5th December 2012
Other Countries: Release Information

OUR THOUGHTS

Anna Kendrick is becoming quite the ‘It’ girl. There is something very intelligent about her on-screen personas.  Australian actress, Rebel Wilson has a pivotal comedic role in this too.  It is clear the Americans have fallen in love with her Australian-ness.  So far, I’ve only seen her in one role with an American accent (Bachelorettes).  The music is great and there is fun galore in the college acapella competition arena.  There’s a song mash-up at the end that is utterly brilliant and will have you humming your way from the theatre.  After many seasons of the polished GLEE it does feel a little seen-it-all-before. Still very enjoyable though.

STUDIO BLURB

Beca (Anna Kendrick) is that girl who'd rather listen to what's coming out of her headphones than what's coming out of you. Arriving at her new college, she finds herself not right for any clique but somehow is muscled into one that she never would have picked on her own: alongside mean girls, sweet girls and weird girls whose only thing in common is how good they sound when they sing together, in the new out-loud comedy Pitch Perfect. When Beca takes this acoustic singing group out of their world of traditional arrangements and perfect harmonies into all-new mash-ups, they fight to climb their way to the top of the cutthroat world of college a cappella. This could wind up either the coolest thing they'll ever do or the most insane, and it will probably be a little of both. -- (C) Universal

Celeste & Jesse Forever  ★★★½

Opens in Australia: 29th November 2012
Other Countries: Release Information

OUR THOUGHTS

The two leads Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg are adorable and annoying, equally.  And I think that was the point.  It’s probably about fifteen minutes too long.  However, there are some solid laughs and crazy moments.  It’s another one of those Hollywood versions of rmodern omance with the swearing and sex-talk in every scene. But there is a little more truth in this one than the last swag I’ve endured.  A girl’s film for sure.

STUDIO BLURB

          Celeste (Rashida Jones) and Jesse (Andy Samberg) met in high school, married young and are growing apart. Now thirty, Celeste is the driven owner of her own media consulting firm, Jesse is once again unemployed and in no particular rush to do anything with his life. Celeste is convinced that divorcing Jesse is the right thing to do -- she is on her way up, he is on his way nowhere, and if they do it now instead of later, they can remain supportive friends. Jesse passively accepts this transition into friendship, even though he is still in love with her. As the reality of their separation sets in, Celeste slowly and painfully realizes she has been cavalier about their relationship, and her decision, which once seemed mature and progressive, now seems impulsive and selfish. But her timing with Jesse is less than fortuitous... -- (C) Sony Classics

Rise of the Guardians ★★★½

Opens in Australia: 13th December 2012
Other Countries: Release Information

 OUR THOUGHTS

It’s a beautiful looking film and the concept of the fabled characters, Santa, Jack Frost, Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy and Sandman working together as the guardians of children’s well-being is a great concept. In a country like Australia where, for the most part, snow is a concept and not a reality, the character of Jack Frost is a little lost.  I found myself having to explain him to the children—and my husband.  However, as a family film for the holidays it’s reasonable fare.  Warning, if you’re kids are a little sensitive, there are some dark themes with the bogey man that may disturb. 

STUDIO BLURB

Rise of the Guardians is an epic adventure that tells the story of a group of heroes - each with extraordinary abilities. When an evil spirit known as Pitch lays down the gauntlet to take over the world, the immortal Guardians must join forces for the first time to protect the hopes, beliefs and imagination of children all over the world. -- (C) Official Site

 
The Intouchables ★★★★

Opens in Australia: 25th October 2012
Other Countries: Release Information

OUR THOUGHTS
 
Everyone was saying go see it.  So even though I missed the preview I made a special trek with hubby in tow to catch it.  And it was worth it.  Even in the first five minutes you know that you are in for a treat.  It’s very American for a French film and, therefore, very accessible for anyone who enjoys an uplifting non-preachy story.  It screams: life, live it, no matter what.  I will simply say (if you can find it still playing)... Go. See. It.  

STUDIO BLURB

An irreverent, uplifting comedy about friendship, trust and human possibility, The Intouchables has broken box office records in its native France and across Europe. Based on a true story of friendship between a handicap millionaire (Francois Cluzet) and his street smart ex-con caretaker (Omar Sy), The Intouchables depicts an unlikely camaraderie rooted in honesty and humor between two individuals who, on the surface, would seem to have nothing in common. -- (C) Weinstein
 

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