Friday, April 17, 2015

Film Stuff 17th April 2015

   School holidays are almost done, and we'll be back into the swing of taxi-driving the children to their social and sporting events next week and enjoying all the stress associated with that. As much as the boy's fighting gets on my nerves while they're at home, I will miss them, albeit I will get a lot more writing done.
   I had a little revelation watching the film Age of Adeline earlier this week. Somewhere along the way I have stopped kissing my boys goodnight (they're 12 and 14). They're boys and not very mushy, so over the past few years, we have stopped being too physical with them. I try and kiss them goodbye when I drop them off at school, but they look uncomfortable and hesitant, so I find myself doing it less and less. I know they don't want to be embarrassed in front of their friends, and I get that and respect it.
   In a scene in the film, the mother of Ellis Jones, Adeline's love interest, enters the dining room and kisses her son good morning while he is eating his breakfast. It struck me that I never did that with the boys anymore. In fact, most of the time, I greet them with: Have you brushed your teeth? Pick up that plate and put it in the dishwasher. Put your shoes on. Then I wonder why our day doesn't start very well. 
   So I've started kissing them goodnight and good morning. They actually seemed to like the good night kiss, and we're working on the good morning. 
   When my husband asked me why I had suddenly started doing it, I replied, "I saw it in a film." 
   That's kind of a terrible admission: that I had to relearn a parenting skill/gesture of love I'd forgotten from a film. Yet, that's what I love about films and books. They remind you what it is to be a human being. Every person takes something different from a story, based on their own experience. Films aren't just about entertainment. They, also, allow us to look at ourselves through the eyes of the storyteller or walk in someone else's shoes and understand the world a little better. That's why I'm a story addict, and I will never tire of reading or sitting in a darkened theater. I have the added bonus of creating my own worlds and stories and exploring the human experience in even more depth. It's what keeps me writing... my curiosity of what a person will do in a given circumstance. Many times, it doesn't reflect my own personal beliefs, and that's the fun of it, understanding why that character would behave in a way I wouldn't. 
   Two lessons in this little story. Think of your movie ticket or your book as a learning experience as well as entertainment. It's very good value when you think that way even if you don't totally love the film or book. Most importantly, if you have children, no matter their age, kiss them a little more often than you have been if you've fallen into my trap, (whether they like it or not). Otherwise, how will they learn to kiss you back.

REVIEWS
Age of Adeline 4/5 Stars  (opens 16TH April) – Screens at most cinemas
My Thoughts
This is a lovely, whimsical film about Adeline Bowan (Blake Lively) who through an odd accident doesn’t age past twenty-nine. Blake Lively as the lead is beyond stunning in the role. She is simply breathtaking and infuses the character with a detached but wise persona that keeps you involved in what is reasonably slow proceedings. The sets and costume design are also beautifully done. Harrison Ford and Kathy Baker play the parents of Ellis Jones (Michiel Huisman), a charismatic character, who attempts to win Adeline’s heart against her better judgement. For the first time in forever, I actually enjoyed a Harrison Ford performance. Who knew he could act? Even though it was a touch twee in the end, it is still a lovely film to be gobbled up by the romantics.

Film Blurb
After miraculously remaining 29 years old for almost eight decades, Adaline Bowman (Blake Lively) has lived a solitary existence, never allowing herself to get close to anyone who might reveal her secret. But a chance encounter with charismatic philanthropist Ellis Jones (Michiel Huisman) reignites her passion for life and romance. When a weekend with his parents (Harrison Ford and Kathy Baker) threatens to uncover the truth, Adaline makes a decision that will change her life forever. (C) Lionsgate

Wild Tales 4.5/5 Stars 
Screens at Cinema Paradiso as part of the Spanish Film Festival Wed 6th May-7th May

My Thoughts
   I loved this dark and twisted sextet of short stories. Be prepared to be shocked, mortified, but ultimately entertained by the dark humor and ironic twists in these tales. The Spanish have a black sense of humor, and this is a perfect example of everything wonderful in this language’s foreign films.
   What is unfortunate is that the opening story centers on a plane and its passengers and a tragic accident. It’s a little too close to home with the recent Germanwings tragedy. Don’t let that put you off, though. Book your tickets now for this particular film, and maybe, also, indulge in a few of the other offerings. You will not be disappointed.

Film Blurb
Director Damián Szifrón has executed a wonderfully entertaining revenge film comprised of six rebellious vignettes that are nothing short of what the title suggests - WILD. A deadly case of road rage, a wedding gone wrong, accidental manslaughter…everyday situations in which the darkest side of good people shines through and proves there is an animal in all of us.
Described by Variety as “wickedly delightful”, this compendium of stories ooze the blackest of humour by demonstrating how everyday people can be pushed to their farthest limits. The superbly drawn characters are embodied by the brightest stars of Argentinian cinema including, Ricardo Darín, Darío Gradinetti and Erica Rivas.

FILMS OPENING (NOT REVIEWED)
The Gunman
THE GUNMAN, the new action thriller from Pierre Morel, the director of Taken, stars Sean Penn, Javier Bardem, Idris Elba, Ray Winstone and Mark Rylance. (C) Open Road
It Follows
After a strange sexual encounter, a teenager finds herself haunted by nightmarish visions and the inescapable sense that something is after her. (C) Radius-TWC
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2
Notable as having 0% rating on RottenTomatoes review website. After six years of keeping our malls safe, Paul Blart has earned a well-deserved vacation. He heads to Vegas with his teenage daughter before she heads off to college. But safety never takes a holiday and when duty calls, Blart answers. (C) Sony

FILM NEWS
   Netflix is planning to make its shows more accessible to the blind following complaints from customers. The issue came to a head because Daredevil, a new Netflix show about a blind lawyer with superpowers, didn’t initially include audio descriptions, which are spoken explanations for actions occurring onscreen.
   On Tuesday Netflix changed course, and announced that it plans to add audio descriptions to Daredevil and other Netflix original series like Orange Is the New Black and House of Cards. Other shows and movies that are not original to Netflix will get the feature later. SOURCE: Time.com

SPECIAL EVENT CINEMA
THE 2015 SPANISH FILM FESTIVAL
SCREENING AT CINEMA PARADISO 23 APRIL - 6 MAY


The Spanish films in general have vibrancy and a wicked, dark sense of humor you don’t find in other films.This year’s Spanish Film Festival program exclusive to Palace Cinemas around Australia boasts 38 features from across Spain, Latin-America, and beyond, as varied as the ceramic tiles on a Gaudi masterpiece.
More information: Program & Tickets

OPENING NIGHT
SPANISH AFFAIR
April 23rd, 6.30PM at Cinema Paradiso
   The biggest Spanish box-office hit in history is this bright and breezy (occasionally wicked) romantic comedy set in the exquisitely charming and verdant Basque countryside.
   Opening night is with the mischievous romantic comedy SPANISH AFFAIR. Followed by the last ever after party at THE BAKERY - drinks by Torres Wines, delicious Spanish treats will be provided by Kamal's Quarter Catering, prizes from MultiCultural Language Centre in WA, musical entertainment by Randa and The Soul Kindgom. So come join us and dance the night away! Program & Tickets

Entertainment News
PERTH GREEK GLENDI! Sunday 26th April



Glendi it’s Greek for Party! A taste of Greece in Perth
   Not so much news on film but, hey, I’m a fan of souvlaki and loved Zorba the Greek starring Anthony Quinn. The Perth Glendi Greek Festival is going to be a fun filled day of Hellenic culture, music, dance and food.
   So save the date and bring your family and friends to enjoy this spectacular day. Offering mouth-watering Greek food and sweets, traditional Greek dancing including plate smashing, beach style chill out bar, celebrity cooking demonstrations, market stalls, children’s fun fair and much more.

World Record Zorba Dance attempt
10,000 dancers needed.
At the Perth Glendi Greek Festival this year they are attempting to create the largest Zorba Dance ever seen in Perth, in fact, the world.

OUTDOOR CINEMA
Last few days of the outdoor cinemas. We say goodbye until later in the year when the warm weather returns.

LUNA OUTDOOR CINEMA LEEDERVILLE
For Tickets and Times: CLICK HERE
CLOSES APRIL 19th
BIRDMAN
BIG EYES
THE ROOM (sold out)

CAMELOT OUTDOOR CINEMA
For Tickets and Times: CLICK HERE
CLOSES Saturday APRIL 18th
BIG EYES
THE IMITATION GAME (Jazz & oyster night with Peter Evans)
Together with celebrity chef & seafood extraordinaire Andy Grljusich, who shucks fresh oysters for your indulgence.

McDONALDS COMMUNITY CINEMA
CINEMAS are at Burswood, Mandurah, Murdoch, Bassendean and Curtin
For Tickets and Times: CLICK HERE
Burswood Highlights
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Friday, April 10, 2015

Film Stuff 10th April 2015

Hope you have all survived Easter and are back in the swing of things. Mid-school holidays and things are going well in my household, although the weather is decidedly against us, but it is Autumn so we have to expect the rain.

Plenty of good films to see, so take a look.

REVIEWS
THE LONGEST RIDE  ✪ Stars  (opens 9TH April) – Screens at most cinemas
My Thoughts
   Other than the Notebook, every Nicholas Sparks’ adaptation has made my worst five films each year. So I didn’t even know why I was there at the preview for The Longest Ride, except I thought maybe I could have fun writing a snarky review. I had all my smart quips worked out for this one. Not worth the ride. The long and boring ride. You’ll be glad when this ride is over.
   So colour me surprised, because I really enjoyed this romance. Most of its success comes down to the leads, mostly second and third generation of Hollywood royalty.
   Luke Collins, our cowboy hero, played by Scott Eastwood looking stunningly like his father Clint Eastwood at the same age, (minus the squinty eyes) is drop dead gorgeous and rather good. Britt Robertson as Sophia his love interest is also solid and they have wonderful charisma. The camera just eats up these two like I haven’t seen since Brad Pitt first entered the scene in Thelma and Louise and Jennifer Lawrence stole everyone’s heart in Silver Linings Playbook.
   In the story within a story there is also an historic romance between Jack Huston (John Huston’s grandson) as Ira and Oona Chaplin (Charlie Chaplin’s granddaughter) as Ruth his wife. Round the cast out with Alan Alda as the older Ira, and you can see why this film works.  There’s some talent here.
   Girls, treat yourselves to a girl’s night out. I still can’t believe I’m raving about a Nicholas Sparks’ film, but just goes to show, sometimes you should just go along for the ride with an open mind.

Film Blurb
   Based on the bestselling novel by master storyteller Nicholas Sparks, THE LONGEST RIDE centers on the star-crossed love affair between Luke, a former champion bull rider looking to make a comeback, and Sophia, a college student who is about to embark upon her dream job in New York City's art world. As conflicting paths and ideals test their relationship, Sophia and Luke make an unexpected and feateful connection with Ira, whose memories of his own decades-long romance with his beloved wife deeply inspire the young couple. Spanning generations and two intertwining love stories, THE LONGEST RIDE explores the challenges and infinite rewards of enduring love. (C) Fox

BLACK SEA  ½ s  (opens 9th April) – Screens at most cinemas
My Thoughts
   The trailer for Black Sea makes it look very B-movie, but that’s because it steals from so many films which have gone before. However, this doesn’t mean it isn’t entertaining. The director Kevin McDonald (How I Live Now, Last King of Scotland) has a solid hand for action, and Jude Law is very good as the captain of a gnarly crew of submariners who are chasing a fortune in gold in a rust bucket of a submarine. Of course, it’s a Ten Little Indians scenario, as one after another each crewmember meets a nasty end. It’s surprisingly edge-of-your-seat. Enjoy on the big screen.

Film Blurb
A suspenseful adventure thriller directed by Academy Award winner Kevin Macdonald, centering on a rogue submarine captain (two-time Academy Award nominee Jude Law) who pulls together a misfit crew to go after a sunken treasure rumored to be lost in the depths of the Black Sea. As greed and desperation take control onboard their claustrophobic vessel, the increasing uncertainty of the mission causes the men to turn on each other to fight for their own survival. (C)

What We Did On Our Holidays    (Already opened) – Screens at Luna cinemas
My Thoughts
   Windsor Cinema where we finally caught this film last weekend was reasonably full, even though this film has been running for quite a few weeks. Goes to show you that quality will out, as when I tried to find a cinema still showing Fifty Shades of Grey to catch that one, it was already off screen after only about five weeks. What We Did On Our Holidays is a sweet film about family without the perfectly tied up Hollywood ending. The kids in it are fantastic. Billy Connolly is lovely as the free-spirited grandfather, and it’s very English. A lovely little film to see on a Saturday afternoon.

Film Blurb
This is a fun-loving family film about life, love and what we hold most dear. Doug (David Tennant, Doctor Who) and Abi (Rosamund Pike, Pride & Prejudice) take their three children on a trip to Scotland for a family reunion. In the midst of a difficult divorce that they attempt to keep secret from their extended family, inevitable feuds kick in. With further tensions to rising to the surface, they are forced to put aside their differences and reconnect as a family.
This is a wildly entertaining first feature film by the comedy duo that created the hit British sitcom Outnumbered and also features a hilarious and loveable Billy Connolly (The Man Who Sued God).

THAT SUGAR FILM 

Now Easter is over, it’s safe to see That Sugar Film, so do try and catch it. It’s fascinating and will have you doing a lot of math around food labels. It’s definitely helped my kids understand why we try and limit some of their food choices, although Easter was a real blowout.

The same people who launched Supersize Me in the USA have recently signed a deal to release That Sugar Film in the US in July. So expect this film to do great things worldwide and Damon Gameau to pop up on shows like Ellen.

It’s going great guns at the box office and breaking records. Last count it was the third highest grossing Australian Documentary of all time already and it’s still going. The other two are Antarctica (1996) at $4,957,744 and Africa’s Elephant Kingdom (1998) at $3,491,995

The Website:           http://www.thatsugarfilm.com
For more info on the book: http://www.thatsugarfilm.com/thatsugarbook/ 

Film Blurb
THAT SUGAR FILM is one man’s journey to discover the bitter truth about sugar. Damon Gameau embarks on a unique experiment to document the effects of a high sugar diet on a healthy body, consuming only foods that are commonly perceived as ‘healthy’. Through this entertaining and informative journey, Damon highlights some of the issues that plague the sugar industry, and where sugar lurks on supermarket shelves. THAT SUGAR FILM will forever change the way you think about ‘healthy’ food.

FILM NEWS
I see last weekend Ed Sheeran popped into my favourite cinema in Perth The Backlot Studios for a private film screening while on tour in Perth. I don’t know which film he saw but I will find out. I wonder if he enjoyed Ian’s wonderful coffees (best in Perth). It’s a great little venue and is available for private bookings. You can watch a film or a sporting event or play a video game on the big screen. I’m thinking of booking there for my son’s birthday party.

They also had a screening of the new mini series Deadline Gallipoli during the week and one of the leads, Joel Jackson, was along for that with his family. He’s a West Aussie boy, growing up in Karratha and he’s just been cast in a biopic of Peter Allen alongside Rebecca Gibney ad Sigrid Thornton.

SPECIAL EVENT CINEMA
THE 2015 SPANISH FILM FESTIVAL
SCREENING AT CINEMA PARADISO 23 APRIL - 6 MAY


Having seen one of the films last night, WILD TALES, this is going to be a great festival. The Spanish films have a vibrancy and a wicked, dark, sense of humor you don’t find in other films.

This year’s Spanish Film Festival program exclusive to Luna Cinemas boasts 38 features from across Spain, Latin-America, and beyond, as varied as the ceramic tiles on a Gaudi masterpiece. The Festival will open with Emilio Martínez-Lázaro’s SPANISH AFFAIR, which was seen by over two million people in the fortnight following its release in Spain.

OUTDOOR CINEMA
Sadly the cold and wet weather is upon us, so the outdoor cinemas are coming to a close. Still a chance to rug up and catch those last open air experiences.

LOTTERWEST FESTIVAL FILMS - Somerville & Joondalup Pines
For Tickets and Times:  CLICK HERE
Coming to a close on the 12th April
CURRENTLY SHOWING:
PHOENIX 30th March-12th April
MOMMY  6th to 12th April

LUNA OUTDOOR CINEMA LEEDERVILLE
For Tickets and Times: CLICK HERE
CLOSES APRIL 19th
LEVIATHAN
INFINITELY POLAR BEAR
BIRDMAN
BIG EYES

CAMELOT OUTDOOR CINEMA
For Tickets and Times: CLICK HERE
CLOSES Saturday APRIL 18th
WILD (Wed April 15th) Funk Club presents Junkadelic
DIOR & I
PAPER PLANES
BIG EYES
THE IMITATION GAME

McDONALDS COMMUNITY CINEMA
CINEMAS are at Burswood, Mandurah, Murdoch, Bassendean and Curtin
For Tickets and Times: CLICK HERE
Burswood Highlights
CHAPPIE
INSURGENT
SECOND BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL
PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR
Gates open 5:30pm with film screening strictly at 6:15pm
Bring the kids and the kids at heart for these special early evening screenings on Saturdays during the Easter school vacations
PAPER PLANES                          11th April
HOME                                           18th April


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Friday, April 3, 2015

Film Stuff 3rd April 2015


There are so many films out this weekend to coincide with the school holidays, we are spoiled for choice. I never thought I'd say this, but I've been so looking forward to the holidays. Two weeks of no sport, no running the kids around to places they need to be, and no lunch making or snacks to organise for after school.

If you have high school-age children, you will know what I'm talking about. If you don't, it's all ahead of you. I don't want to scare you, but being organised is a skill you will need to develop to survive. Oh, and get accustomed to driving a lot. The taxi driver label is very apt for my stage of parenting.

I'm looking forward to relaxing and enjoying quality time with the children. Somewhere in there, I'm also going to stick to my writing schedule. At the moment, I'm half way through writing The Troubles Keeper, a real supernatural thriller that I think will please any Dean Koontz fans. According to my self-set deadline, I'm finishing it on the 18th April. So lets see if I can be a mum and keep up the pace. If you are looking for a good read over the holidays, skip over and maybe grab Back Again or one of my other books for the price of an Easter egg, and then I can afford my coffees to keep me going.

I hope you all have a wonderful Easter holiday, although I'm going light on the chocolate after watching That Sugar Film and reading That Sugar Book

REVIEWS

FAST & FURIOUS 7   
(opens 26th March) – Screens at most cinemas
My Thoughts
   The Fast & Furious franchise has certainly come a long way. They sure don’t let reality ora storyline get in the way of incredible action on screen. Fans don’t go to Fast & Furious films for thought provoking stories or Oscar winning performances, they go for the action and the cars, and nobody will be disappointed with Fast & Furious 7.
   I wasn’t a great fan of the franchise originally; I’m not even close to the young male demographic, but this one really hit the spot or multiple spots (with loud bangs and much debris) with dozens of cool cars and crazy breath-holding action scenes and stunts.
   Somehow the film’s creators have managed to balance not taking themselves seriously with staying true to the original concept. Even if you’ve never seen one of the films, I suggest you go along and see what all the fuss is about. Trust me, you don’t need to have seen the previous films, the plot won’t test your thinking skills. It’s about the cars and the incredible stunt driving, not the dialogue. Nice scene tribute at the end to Paul Walker who tragically died  during the filming. I loved it.

Film Blurb
Continuing the global exploits in the unstoppable franchise built on speed, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson lead the returning cast of Fast & Furious 7. James Wan directs this chapter of the hugely successful series that also welcomes back favorites Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Elsa Pataky and Lucas Black. They are joined by international action stars new to the franchise including Jason Statham, Djimon Hounsou, Tony Jaa, Ronda Rousey and Kurt Russell.

The Book of Life   ½ 
(opens 2nd April) Screens at most cinemas
My Thoughts
   This film is a glorious looking animation with a nice little story based on a Mexican myth. There’s enough in here for adults to enjoy as well as the kids. I love Channing Tatum’s voice. The littlies should really enjoy the colors and simple storyline. My boys didn’t mind it either, and the husband, who really doesn’t love being dragged to the kid movie previews on a Saturday or a Sunday, commented it was quite good. So, all round, a good family film with some lovely life lessons in there.

Film Blurb
THE BOOK OF LIFE, a vibrant fantasy-adventure, tells the legend of Manolo, a conflicted hero and dreamer who sets off on an epic quest through magical, mythical and wondrous worlds in order to rescue his one true love and defend his village. (c) Fox

The Sponge Bob Movie: Sponge Out of Water    
(opens 2nd April) – Screens at most cinemas
My Thoughts
   To be fair I need to give full disclosure, in the bits where I was awake, I did think it was quite fun and well done. For some reason if I see a film on a Sunday morning, I just can’t stay awake all the time. The week just wipes me out, and Sunday is meant to be my sleep-in. So it’s probably not the film’s fault I nod off for ten minutes.
   I’ve never watched a Sponge Bob show, but my kids adore the show and have watched it for years, and they were very excited to see this. However, they went expecting the intermix of animation and real life to play a larger role than a couple of scenes, so they were disappointed. They’re also now twelve and fourteen, so they might be sneaking out of the demographic range. I tapped a few young ones on the shoulder afterward and asked them what they thought, and the consensus was that the younger kids enjoyed it very much.
   If your kids are fans of Sponge Bob, then I think they will enjoy. Although it’s up against a lot of quality competition with Cinderella, Book of Life, and I’ve heard Shaun the Sheep Movie is good, too.

Film Blurb
SpongeBob SquarePants, the world's favorite sea dwelling invertebrate, comes ashore to our world for his most super-heroic adventure yet.(C) Paramount Pictures

While We’re Young     
(opens 2nd April) – Screens at most cinemas & LUNA cinemas
My Thoughts
   For the first half of this film, I was so thrilled. It’s so Woody Allen, and I LOVE Woody
Allen. It’s bang on with its juxtapositioning of the two couples—one pair of free-spirited young ‘uns and the other middle-aged where has our life gone, we’re still cool worriers.
   Where I fell out of love with it was in the third act where it becomes some kind of stalker mystery and attempts to be too clever. I felt let down because it had set itself up so well in the first acts. However, I think it will be a film that divides opinion. It’s a small film, so don’t expect the grandeur of  Ben Stiller’s last film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and you might walk out happy.

Film Blurb
Noah Boaumbach's comedy While We're Young stars Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as Josh and Cornelia, a childless New York married couple in their mid-forties. As their other friends all start having children, the couple gravitates toward a young hipster couple named Jamie (Adam Driver) and Darby (Amanda Seyfried). He's an aspiring documentary filmmaker, a vocation Josh already has. Soon the older couple begins enjoying the energy they feel hanging out with the younger generation, but eventually Josh begins to suspect his new best friend might not be as straightforward and trustworthy as he thought.

Samba   ½
(opens 2nd April) – Screens at Luna Cinemas
My Thoughts
   Unfortunately, we had a technical problem at our screening, so I’ve only seen half the film. However, what I did see, I enjoyed. It’s by the makers of the fantastic Intouchables, so I expected it would be a good watch. Showing currently in Perth at the French Film Festival and then general release, if it looks good to you, then go along. Let me know what you think.

Film Blurb
Samba migrated to France ten years ago from Senegal, and has since been plugging away at various lowly jobs. Alice is a senior executive who has recently undergone a burn-out. Both struggle to get out of their dead-end lives. Samba's willing to do whatever it takes to get working papers, while Alice tries to get her life back on track until fate draws them together.

Mommy  ½  
(opens 2nd April) – Screens at LotteryWest Film Festival in Perth
My Thoughts
   This film makes you feel as if you are the best parent in the world. Die (Dianne) is a free-spirited middle-aged woman who isn’t great at looking after her son. She now has to care for him full time because he can no longer be institutionalized. He is a charming teenager until his mood changes, and he becomes violent and aggressive. However, the film also aims to be a feel good story, and I think this is its downfall
  The director should have decided whether he was going to show us the dark side of parenting a troubled teen or find some solution to it all, and let us all go home happy. The ending doesn’t tie any of it up, which is terribly French. Fabulous performances all round, and a reasonably fascinating film. I just think it could have done a little more with the concept. In any case, I do now feel as if I can claim to be mother of the year. So on that count, it did very well.

Film Blurb
A widowed single mother, raising her violent son alone, finds new hope when a mysterious neighbor inserts herself into their household.

OTHER FILMS TO CATCH
I haven’t seen these films yet, but with school holidays, Easter, and Anzac holidays, I’ve included them here so you know some of your other choices. These first two have just opened, and I’ve listed all the other films I’ve already reviewed with a quick comment about them.

THE DUFF
Bianca (Mae Whitman) is a content high school senior whose world is shattered when she learns the student body knows her as 'The DUFF' (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) to her prettier, more popular friends (Skyler Samuels & Bianca Santos). Now, despite the words of caution from her favorite teacher (Ken Jeong), she puts aside the potential distraction of her crush, Toby (Nick Eversman), and enlists Wesley (Robbie Amell), a slick but charming jock, to help reinvent herself. To save her senior year from turning into a total disaster, Bianca must find the confidence to overthrow the school's ruthless label maker Madison (Bella Thorne) and remind everyone that no matter what people look or act like, we are all someone's DUFF. (C) CBS Films

TINKERBELL & THE LEGEND OF THE NEVER BEAST
When the scout fairies grow fearful that the mysterious NeverBeast will destroy Pixie Hollow, friendly Fawn must convince Tinker Bell and the rest of the locals that the creature is in fact a gentle giant.

SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE
When Shaun decides to take the day off and have some fun, he gets a little more action than he bargained for. A mix up with the Farmer, a caravan and a very steep hill lead them all to the Big City and it's up to Shaun and the flock to return everyone safely to the green grass of home.



FILMS ALREADY OPENED
CINDERELLA    Loved it. Go see it. A magical experience. 5/5
HOME                Cute, good for the very littlies. 3/5
INSURGENT      Very enjoyable #2 of the Divergent series 4/5
RUN ALL NIGHT   A much better thriller than I expected 3/5
CHAPPIE             I enjoyed this Sci-fi. Ignore the critics. It’s good. 4/5
THAT SUGAR FILM        You know I love this doco. Go see it 5/5




SPECIAL EVENT CINEMA

The 26th Alliance Française French Film Festival
To 7TH APRIL  Showing at Luna Leederville & Luna SX & Windsor

A highlight this weekend for Asterix fans would be: ASTERIX-THE MANSIONS OF THE GODS
Look out for:  3 HEARTS, GEMMA BOVERY

CLOSING NIGHT
PARIS JE T'AIME Tuesday 7th April @ Cinema Paradiso (6:30pm)
Live entertainment and macaroons provided by Maison-Saint-Honoré to be immersed in the magic of Paris. A roving magician will perform prior to the screening because Paris is magic! 7PM Film Screening

OUTDOOR CINEMA

LOTTERWEST FESTIVAL FILMS - Somerville & Joondalup Pines
For Tickets and Times:  CLICK HERE
Coming to a close on the 12th April
CURRENTLY SHOWING:
THE MAFIA KILLS ONLY IN SUMMER 23RD March to 5th April
PHOENIX 30th March-12th April
MOMMY  6th to 12th April

LUNA OUTDOOR CINEMA LEEDERVILLE
For Tickets and Times: CLICK HERE
THAT SUGAR FILM Friday 3rd April
A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE TONIGHT (Iranian Vampire Movie)

CAMELOT OUTDOOR CINEMA
For Tickets and Times: CLICK HERE
KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE
BIRDMAN
THE IMITATION GAME
PADDINGTON
LOVE IS STRANGE (FAIRBRIDGE FESTIVAL TASTER SOUL MUSIC Wed April 8)
Stars John Lithgow and Alfred Molina.

McDONALDS COMMUNITY CINEMA
CINEMAS are at Burswood, Mandurah, Murdoch, Bassendean and Curtin
For Tickets and Times: CLICK HERE
Burswood Highlights
THE SECOND BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL (Saturday 4th April)
THE IMITATION GAME
UNFINISHED BUSINESS
FOCUS

25/03/2014 - 19/04/2014
Gates open 5:30pm with film screening strictly at 6:15pm
Bring the kids and the kids at heart for these special early evening screenings on Saturdays during the Easter school vacations
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