Thursday, January 29, 2015

Film Reviews & News 30th January 2015

Every Friday at 12:40 you can catch little old me and Jenny Seaton or Brian Corr chatting films on the CurtinFm Afternoon Show. You can listen from the website here: 

If you live in Perth, we also discuss film events and special screenings, so come back every Friday if you want to know about all things film. Love free stuff? There's usually giveaways, too. So stay tuned.  Make sure you sign up for my newsletter to hear about book and film ticket giveaways and news. CLICK HERE to sign up.

Here's what I'll be talking about tomorrow, Friday 30th January, 2015.  


The Theory of Everything (opened 29th Jan) Screens wide 4.5/5 stars
Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones.  The relationship between the famous physicist Stephen Hawking and his wife. Nominated for 5 oscars. Best Film, Best Actor, Actress, Musical Score, Adapted Screenplay. Beautiful, tragic romance that is well worth seeing. Any other year and I would think it would be a shoe-in for Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones to take out the oscars for Best Actor and Best Actress, but this year I think the Academy will hand them to the veterans, Michael Keaton and Julianne Moore. The Oscars are as much about politics as art. This is also extraordinary uplifting despite the sad true life story.

Still Alice (opened 29th Jan) - Screens wide 3.5/5 stars
Julianne Moore, her character, Alice Howland, a renowned linguistics professor suffering from early onset Alzheimer’s. Great performance. She’s nominated for the Best Actress Oscar. And probably will win. I found this film not as heart-wrenching as I imagined it would be, especially after viewing Still Mine early last year. 

Foxcatcher (opened 29th Jan) - Screens wide 3/5 stars
Oscar Nominations incl Best Actor, Best Director. Stars Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo Based on true story about Olympic wrestling brothers who end up training at Du Pont (one of American’s richest men’s) estate for the 1988 Olympics and the events that follow. I didn’t love it, but it’s receiving great accolades. It seemed overly long and plodding in places. However, Steve Carell is fabulous and barely recognisable in this.

American Sniper (opened 22nd Jan) - Screens wide 4.5/5 stars
Directed by Clint Eastwood Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle's most deadly sniper in the history of the Seals saves countless lives on the battlefield, but he struggles with life back home on his furlows between his 4 tours. Edge of the seat film. I really enjoyed it. Even better than Zero Dark Thirty and Black Hawk Down. Thank you to Harper Collins for our great book giveaway. My full review here

Wild (opened 22nd Jan) - Screens wide 3.5 /5 stars
Reese Witherspoon plays Cheryl Strayed who walks 1100 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail to deal with personal tragedy. Reese Witherspoon nominated for best actress & Laura Dern as best supporting actress. It’s an average film. My full review here

Paper Planes (opened 15th Jan) - Screens wide 5/5 stars
Fantastic Australian movie filmed in Perth starring Ed Oxenbould (Aussie 12yo) who also starred in Disney’s Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Also stars Sam Worthington and Debra Mailman. Make sure you catch it on the big screen and take your kids and grandkids, and if you don’t have any, see it anyway. My full review here

All tickets and details are at:

Bolshei Ballet: The Nutcracker at the Windsor in Nedlands Sat 7th and Sun 8th Feb
The Barber of Seville - The Met Opera at Luna on SX and Luna Leederville Saturday 31st Jan
Treasure Island National Theatre Live – direct from the UK. National theatre broadcasts. Luna Leederville & SX 14th-15th Feb
The Room – Great fun, immersive cinema. Showing at the Luna Leederville on Sunday 1st Feb


Lotterywest Festival Films Somerville & Joondalup Pines
Currently showing: Jimmy’s Hall (Irish Film) and Force Majeure (Swedish/Denmark/Norway)

CAMELOT Outdoor Cinema
Russell Crowe - Fri Jan 30 & Sat  Jan  31
Bill Murray  - Sun Feb 1 & Mon Feb 2
Russell Crowe - Tue Feb 3

McDonalds Community Cinema Burswood
CINEMAS are also at Mandurah, Murdoch,  Bassendean and Curtin
Programme is at

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