Thursday, June 9, 2016

What's on at the movies 9 June 2016?

THE CONJURING 2 ✪✪✪✪ Opens JUNE 9 Most cinemas
 Whooo-ooooo, this is a scary movie. I didn’t see the first one because I thought it would be like all the other B-grade films such as the Paranormal series. This is a different demon, however. Directed and written by James Wan, (SAW, Annabelle, Conjuring, Insidious) it takes its time allowing us to get to know the characters, so that when they are threatened later, we are truly afraid for them. That’s not saying it takes very long to get into the action, either. It just means it’s well scripted.
   Based on a true story of the most documented poltergeist haunting activity in the UK, it’s not only scary, it’s fascinating. When I arrived home from the preview, I did a little research on the Enfield haunting, and while many call it a hoax, you can’t help wonder if there isn’t some truth, when you listen to the actual tapes of the little girl Janet (who was supposedly possessed) talking in a deep demonic voice. As my dad used to say, “There are more things in heaven and earth.”
  If you are prone to nightmares, don’t see this. It is very immersive in the cinema. If you love a good horror scare, then you must see it in the cinema for the same reason. Two girls next to me looked terrified, and my friend who accompanied me agreed it was a very good film with excellent production values. I’m going to go back and look for the previous film on my streaming services now. Nothing like a good horror film says the horror writer, even though I’m as scared as the next person.
Film Blurb
Reprising their roles, Oscar nominee Vera Farmiga ("Up In the Air," TV's "Bates Motel") and Patrick Wilson (the "Insidious" films), star as Lorraine and Ed Warren, who, in one of their most terrifying paranormal investigations, travel to north London to help a single mother raising four children alone in a house plagued by malicious spirits.

In August 1977, single parent Peggy Hodgson called police to her rented home in Enfield after two of her four children claimed that furniture was moving and knocking sounds were heard on walls. The children included Margaret, age 13, Janet, age 11, Johnny, age 10 and Billy, age 7. A police constable saw a chair slide on the floor but couldn't determine if it moved by itself or was pushed by someone. Later claims included allegedly demonic voices, loud noises, thrown rocks and toys, overturned chairs and levitation of children. Reports of further incidents in the house attracted considerable press attention and the story was covered in British newspapers such as the Daily Mail and Daily Mirror until reports came to an end in 1979. On Halloween 2011, BBC News featured comments from a radio interview with photographer Graham Morris, who claimed that many of the events were genuine.

In a television interview for BBC Scotland, Janet was observed to gain attention by waving her hand, and then putting her hand in front of her mouth while a claimed "disembodied" voice was heard. During the interview, both girls were asked the question "How does it feel to be haunted by a poltergeist?" Janet replied "It's not haunting" and Margaret interrupted "Shut up". These factors have been regarded by skeptics as evidence against the case.  Skeptics have also noted that the alleged poltergeist voice that originated from Janet was produced by false vocal cords above the larynx and had the phraseology and vocabulary of a child. Maurice Grosse made tape recordings of Janet, and believed that there was no trickery involved, but the magician Bob Couttie has written, "he made some of the recordings available to me and, having listened to them very carefully, I came to the conclusion that there was nothing in what I had heard that was beyond the capabilities of an imaginative teenager."

Opens JUNE 9 Most cinemas
Rotten Tomato Rating 36% Reviewers/ Audience 61%
Not reviewed. I couldn’t convince my children to go to see this. I think the Turtles are now a childhood memory.
Film Blurb
The turtles face a new challenge when Shredder escapes from custody and joins forces with Baxter Stockman, a mad scientist who plans to use a serum to take over the world. Along for the ride are Bebop and Rocksteady, two dimwitted henchmen who provide plenty of muscle. Luckily, the turtles have their own allies in April O'Neil, Vernon Fenwick and Casey Jones, a hockey-masked vigilante. As the pizza-loving heroes prepare for battle, the notorious Krang also emerges to pose an even greater threat.

The 2016 Polish Film Festival
Date: Opens June 16 – July 3
Time:  Various Times
Location: Cinema Paradiso, Northbridge Details and Booking

    After the success of the inaugural Polish Film Festival in Perth last year, the 2016 event brings another exciting program full of recent releases that will make you laugh, thrill, surprise and reflect.
    Highlights of this year’s program include THESE DAUGHTERS OF MINE, a heart-warming drama about the strength of family ties, PLANET SINGLE, a spectacularly good rom-com and a smash hit of 2016, and WALPURGIS NIGHT, an outstanding feature debut that will remind you of the works of the greatest film masters. Screening alongside them are an award-winning thriller THE RED SPIDER, the box office stand out LETTERS TO SANTA 2 and a drama with Poland’s favorite actor, Tomasz Kot, LIFE MUST GO ON.
    Each film will screen only once, so don’t miss your chance and book tickets today!

Date:  Sat Jun 11 & Sun June 12
Time:  1:30 pm (check Luna Cinemas site for exact times)
Location: Cinema Paradiso Details and Booking

   A feast for the eyes! Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse will explore the intriguing relationship between the world’s greatest artists and horticulture. The film will transport viewers across Europe to some of the most beautiful gardens depicted in art, from Monet’s water lilies at Giverny to Bonnard’s privately owned garden in Vernonnet. It will also offer privileged
access to the artworks they inspired, on display at the Royal Academy exhibition Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse 
   Behind-the-scenes visits to these stunning landscapes provide an essential backdrop to the exhibition, which examines the role of the garden in art history from Impressionism to the Avant-Garde. Cinemagoers will be able to appreciate the natural beauty from which painters such as Liebermann, Sorolla and Nolde worked, and discover how these inspiring surroundings translated onto the canvas.

Date:   Saturday June 10
Time: 7:00pm (check Luna Cinemas site for exact details)
Location: Luna Leederville Details and Booking

Warren Miller's Chasing Shadows  is  Warren Miller Entertainment's 66th Ski and Snowboard film. Warren Miller once said , "A pair of skis are the ultimate  transportation to freedom,"  and this year we're chasing storms, snow, big  lines  and the freedom that they grant us.
Come along as we follow top names like Seth Wescott, Rachel Burks, Ingrid Backstrom, Mark Abma and more all-star athletes as they chase their dreams across the globe and cast shadows on some of the world’s highest peaks. Destinations: Nepal, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Alaska, France, Chile, Italy, Japan, Switzerland. For  more information visit

One Screening Only on June 10 at Luna Leederville: Early Bird Adult: $29.50(commencing now up to 3rd June); Adult: $32.50 (4th June - 10th June); Child / Concession: $29.50; Family: $92.00

SHAKESPEARE LIVE! FROM Royal Shakespeare Company ... ENCORE!  
Date:   Saturday JUNE 11 & Sunday JUNE 12
Time: 1:30pm  (check Luna Cinemas site for exact details)
Location: Windsor Cinema Nedlands Details and Booking

    Celebrating Shakespeare’s legacy in all the arts to mark the 400th anniversary of the world’s greatest playwright  with an embarrassment of riches that includes His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales treading the boards for us!
   Hosted by David Tennant (Dr Who), this star-studded show from the BBC and the Royal Shakespeare Company celebrates Shakespeare’s plays and their enduring influence on music, dance, opera, musical theatre and comedy. Captured live from Stratford-Upon-Avon on the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran has assembled an astonishing once-in-a-lifetime cast, including Dame Judi Dench, Sir Ian McKellen, Dame Helen Mirren, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tim Minchin, Rufus Wainwright, John Lithgow, David Suchet, Rory Kinnear, Joseph Fiennes, the cast of Horrible Histories, The Royal Ballet, English National Opera (ENO), Birmingham Royal Ballet, and many more, to perform in a unique tribute to the genius and influence of the world’s greatest playwright and storyteller.

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