Sunday, February 3, 2013

Weekly Review Round Up 2nd February 2013

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?
If you have seen any of these or want to see them and have a comment please feel free to share. We love hearing from our readers.

 (My movie Pick of the week)

Zero Dark Thirty ★★★★★

Opens in Australia: 31st January 2013
Other Countries: Release Information

Read my full review here: A Picture Tells an Amazing Story

 OUR THOUGHTS
One of the most gripping films you will see.  Yes, it has torture scenes.  Yes, they are hard to watch. Yes, it depicts reality. But, as Director Katherine Bigelow says, we must bear witness to this.  This is how they caught a man who orchestrated such devastation in the lives of so many and forever turned an ordinary September date into a delineation of normal before and a new, strange world afterwards.  Go see it on the big screen. It will lose far too much on the tiny box.  And you pirate watchers: you really miss out on a lot to save a few lousy bucks.  See this one at the cinema.  And please hand Jessica Chastain her Oscar. She is head and shoulders above the rest of the nominees (who are all still brilliant).

STUDIO BLURB
For a decade, an elite team of intelligence and military operatives, working in secret across the globe, devoted themselves to a single goal: to find and eliminate Osama bin Laden. Zero Dark Thirty reunites the Oscar winning team of director-producer Kathryn Bigelow and writer-producer Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker) for the story of history's greatest manhunt for the world's most dangerous man. -- (C) Official Site.

Silver Linings Playbook★★
Opens in Australia: 24th January 2013
Other Countries: Release Information

OUR THOUGHTS
The general consensus is that most audiences really liked this supposed comedy-romance.  I found it unfunny and not very romantic.  It could be all the accolades and nominations it has received that had my expectations set too high.  However, I found Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence had no chemistry whatsoever and acted more like brother and sister than two people falling in love.  Bradley Cooper is a real dish though, so my 2 stars is purely for him.  Jennifer Lawrence’s performance was wooden and I am starting to feel that perhaps she is a one-note actress.  Her performances seem to blend from one film to another even though she is playing vastly different characters. For me, this one had no silver lining, although you may have to go see for yourself for I am in the minority.

STUDIO BLURB
Life doesn't always go according to plan. Pat Solatano (Bradley Cooper) has lost everything -- his house, his job, and his wife. He now finds himself living back with his mother (Jacki Weaver) and father (Robert DeNiro) after spending eight months is a state institution on a plea bargain. Pat is determined to rebuild his life, remain positive and reunite with his wife, despite the challenging circumstances of their separation. All Pat's parents want is for him to get back on his feet-and to share their family's obsession with the Philadelphia Eagles football team. When Pat meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), a mysterious girl with problems of her own, things get complicated. Tiffany offers to help Pat reconnect with his wife, but only if he'll do something very important for her in return. As their deal plays out, an unexpected bond begins to form between them, and silver linings appear in both of their lives. -- (C) Weinstein

The Impossible ★★★½

Opens in Australia: 31st January 2013
Other Countries: Release Information

Read the full review  A Wave of Emotion

 OUR THOUGHTS
Nobody could be unmoved by the horrors that occurred on the Boxing Day Tsunami. Can it really be eight years ago now?  This film takes us behind the headline so to speak and we experience one family’s story which is so incredible that the film’s makers repeated, “This is a true story” twice at the beginning. Although it is a fascinating film, my criticism is of the direction of the film.  The acting was overdone and some of the shots so clichéd.  Still I don’t think anyone will come away unsympathetic to the story told.  I just wish a better director had told it.

STUDIO BLURB
Maria (Naomi Watts), Henry (Ewan McGregor) and their three sons begin their winter vacation in Thailand, looking forward to a few days in tropical paradise. But on the morning of December 26th, as the family relaxes around the pool after their Christmas festivities the night before, a terrifying roar rises up from the center of the earth. As Maria freezes in fear, a huge wall of black water races across the hotel grounds toward her.
Based on a true story, The Impossible is the unforgettable account of a family caught, with tens of thousands of strangers, in the mayhem of one of the worst natural catastrophes of our time. But the true-life terror is tempered by the unexpected displays of compassion, courage and simple kindness that Maria and her family encounter during the darkest hours of their lives. Both epic and intimate, devastating and uplifting, The Impossible is a journey to the core of the human heart.  

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