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Rikki & The Flash ✪½ (Opens 27TH Screens at most cinemas)
Sadly this music film is the complete opposite to the brilliant biopic Straight Outta Compton. It is simply dull and there’s no story. We are forced to sit and listen to Meryl Streep sing badly across from Rick Springfield for at least 30 minutes of the 101 minutes. If I wanted to listen to a bad pub band I’d go to a pub. In fact, I wouldn’t. I don’t want to listen to a bad pub band.
If they had at least played Jessie’s Girl I would have given it an extra star, but no cigar. Boring mess that was trying to beat us over the head with the idea that if you abandon your kids and you’re a woman you are perceived as a bad person whereas a man can and that's okay. These days I don't think we think that. If you abandon your kids, well, you reap the consequences no matter if you're a father or a mother. This story will have you believe if you want to make it all right again, then just go sing badly at your son’s wedding. Strictly for Meryl Streep die-hard fans, and even then it's her real life daughter Mamie Gummer who steals the show from her mom.
Meryl Streep takes on a whole new gig – a hard-rocking singer/guitarist – for Oscar®-winning director Jonathan Demme and Academy Award®-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody in Ricki and The Flash. In an original and electrifying film loaded with live musical performances, Streep stars as Ricki Rendazzo, a guitar heroine who made a world of mistakes as she followed her dreams of rock-and-roll stardom. Returning home, Ricki gets a shot at redemption and a chance to make things right as she faces the music with her family. Streep stars opposite her real-life daughter Mamie Gummer; Rick Springfield, portraying a Flash member in love with Ricki; Kevin Kline as Ricki’s ex-husband; and Audra McDonald as Kline’s new wife.
The Gift ✪✪✪ (Opens 27TH August Screens at most cinemas)
I heard Joel Edgerton discussing this film on radio last week and it sounded really good. So maybe my expectations were high. It’s produced by Jason Blum who is the producer behind all the Paranormal films, Unfriended, Insidious, basically horror films, but also the recent brilliant Whiplash. So go figure.
While a few of the reviewers actually liked it and it's receiving very good reviews, I thought it was really only a DVD film. It’s also very slow and I feel I've seen this all before. Think Fatal Attraction meets The Cable Guy. Good to see Joel Edgerton, though over in Hollywood doing well. He wrote, directed and starred in this, alongside Jason Bateman (Horrible Bosses). You might enjoy it or you might think what is with this hype.
n.b. Thanks to Roadshow though for my lovely little gift. Creepy, but still nice. You have to see the film to get the joke.
Simon and Robyn are a young married couple whose life is going just as planned until a chance encounter with an acquaintance from Simon's high school sends their world into a harrowing tailspin. Simon doesn't recognize Gordo at first, but after a series of uninvited encounters and mysterious gifts prove troubling, a horrifying secret from the past is uncovered after more than 20 years. As Robyn learns the unsettling truth about what happened between Simon and Gordo, she starts to question: how well do we really know the people closest to us, and are past bygones ever really bygones? (C) Styx
She’s Funny That Way ✪✪✪½ (opens 27TH AUGUST—Luna cinemas)
This is more Woody Allen than last week’s Woody Allen film Irrational Man. It’s a throwback to screwball comedies of the olden days of Hollywood. Quite understandable as the director Peter Bogdanovich directed such classics as What’s Up Doc, Paper Moon, The Last Picture Show, Mask (Cher). Some of my favourite films of old.
It’s a fun, pleasant ensemble piece to wile away a couple of hours. Stars Rhys Ifans, Owen Wilson, Imogen Poots,and Jennifer Aniston as the most terrible, meanest but very funny therapist. I quite enjoyed it and laughed throughout. I wouldn’t call it hilarious, but its still fun. Nice to see a comedy that doesn't go crazy with swearing and simulated sex.
From renowned director Peter Bogdanovich, SHE'S FUNNY THAT WAY is a screwball comedy featuring the interconnected personal lives of the cast and crew of a Broadway production. When established director Arnold Albertson (Owen Wilson) casts his call girl-turned-actress Isabella "Izzy" Patterson (Imogen Poots) in a new play to star alongside his wife Delta (Kathryn Hahn) and her ex-lover Seth Gilbert (Rhys Ifans), a zany love tangle forms with hilarious twists. Jennifer Aniston plays Izzy's therapist Jane, who is consumed with her own failing relationship with Arnold's playwright Joshua Fleet (Will Forte), who is also developing a crush on Izzy. (C) Lionsgate
Kill Me Three Times director Q&A
Date: Monday 31st August
Location: Luna Leederville Details and Booking
Join us on Monday 31 August at Luna Leederville as we present a Talking Pictures Q&A screening with guest director Kriv 'Red Dog' Stenders who will talk about his latest film Kill Me Three Times, filmed in WA following the 6.30pm screening. Hosted by Travis Johnson film critic, cultural commentator, X-Press Magazine and celluloidandwhiskey.com
Kill Me Three Times, a comedic thriller directed by Kriv Stenders whose hit film Red Dog became a beloved favourite among home-grown and international audiences. His latest film couples the same fresh approach and sense of fun with a comic darker wit. Produced by Tania Chambers (Tango Underpants), the film stars Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead), Sullivan Stapleton (Animal Kingdom), Alice Braga (On the Road), Teresa Palmer, Callan Mulvey, Luke Hemsworth and Bryan Brown,
Acclaimed British actor Simon Pegg is a charismatic hitman who acts as the spark that ignites murder, blackmail and revenge in sun-drenched West Australian town. Having been hired by a wealthy gent (Callan Mulvey) to ‘take care’ of his wife (Alice Braga), this mercurial assassin gets down to business only to discover there’s more than one person after her. Throw in a gambling addict (Sullivan Stapleton), a small-town Lady Macbeth (Teresa Palmer) and a corrupt cop (Bryan Brown), and you’ve got the makings of a saga that rises to Rashomon-esque heights.
Date: Sunday 30th August
Location: LunaSX Fremantle Details and Booking
ALSO: 20th September Luna Leederville 7:00PM
Throw your spoons! The Room is back on the Big Screen at Luna Cinemas Leederville. The evenings will be hosted by our resident Room gurus who will guide you through a really strange, bizarre & unique cinematic experience! Viewer guides and plastics spoons provided.
Bring your friends and plastic spoons and join us once again as Wiseau returns to the big screen for another sensational night of this of the cult phenomena that’s so bad it’s good! The Room is basically a love triangle set in a San Francisco apartment building. But it’s filled with sub-plots that go nowhere, dodgy green-screen skylines, lots of un-sexy sex scenes and acting that wouldn't pass muster on a soft-focus soapie. The Room has garnered a massive world-wide cult following (especially in Perth!) leaving audiences stunned and laughing and is beloved by comic actors such as Kristen Bell, Paul Rudd and Alec Baldwin.