Friday, July 29, 2016

What's on at the movies 28th July 2016

JASON BOURNE  ✪✪½ Opens July 28 Most cinemas
   I can still remember reading the opening passages of Robert Ludlum’s Bourne Identity over thirty years ago, and years later I still think of it as one of my favorite thriller novels. The trilogy franchise starring Matt Damon, which concluded nine years ago, did a reasonable job of taking us into this complex character’s espionage world.
  Here we are excitedly awaiting the next instalment and sadly it’s a big disappointment. They would have done better to reboot the original. Mind you, they tried that with The Bourne Legacy and Jeremy Renner off on a tangent and that didn’t go so well. That’s not to say this is a totally unenjoyable film, it’s kinda entertaining, but feels very long at just on two hours, which means it failed as an action-packed film (which is all it is). You shouldn’t even notice the length of a film if it’s all happening right on screen.
  While nobody will complain about the action, because it’s there in nearly every scene, bigger and better than probably previous Bourne films. The action is, also, its downfall.
   The plot is whisper-thin and if you removed the action, there wouldn’t be enough there for an ad break in an episode of 24. Director Paul Greengrass who also helmed two of the previous Bourne films seems to have a fascination with walking chases. Most of the chases, excluding a good Fast and Furious car chase at the end and a lengthy bike chase in the beginning are walking fast through crowds. One is exciting for a film. Repeating is not good. 
  The hugely talented Alicia Vikander and Matt Damon are wasted with their monotone deliveries and characterization. Yes, it’s serious film, but when everybody is serious, there is no respite. Just like when it is all chase scenes and horrible, jumpy, hand held shots of said scenes our mind starts to wander. Directors, please stop with these jump cut, hand-held styles. Nobody enjoys them and many people are made ill by them. Half the time, you can’t see what is going on and who is hitting who or crashing into who.
   After nine years, the plot feels cobbled together and merely a grab at gaining some income from an older franchise after Mission Impossible has proved so enduring and Jack Reacher is now onto his second outing. The difference between this and those films is the plot and the characters and some good pacing. A film doesn’t need full throttle the whole way, like a book it’s needs some changing of pace.
  You will enjoy this film, but like Bourne’s past, your memory will allow it to fade.
Film Blurb
Years after the events of The Bourne Ultimatum, former CIA assassin Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) resurfaces just as his former employers are implementing a new program aimed at hunting him down. Now fully recovered from his amnesia, Bourne teams up with Nicky Parsons (Julia Stiles) to uncover the ultimate truth about his past and his family while simultaneously exacting revenge and eluding capture by the government forces hot on his trail. Paul Greengrass returns to helm this sequel, with Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander, and Vincent Cassel co-starring.

Opens July 28 Luna Cinemas
69% on Rotten Tomatoes
  "Strange and ambling and sad and whimsical … A beautiful and eccentric waking dream about a modern-day Willy Loman played to subtle perfection by America's most beloved and accomplished leading man." – Chicago Sun-Times
Cultures collide when an American businessman (Tom Hanks) is sent to Saudi Arabia to close what he hopes will be the deal of a lifetime. Baffled by local customs and stymied by an opaque bureaucracy, he eventually finds his footing with the help of a wise-cracking taxi driver (Alexander Black) and a beautiful Saudi doctor (Sarita Choudhury).

Volvo Scandinavian Film Festival

Date: Opens July 21 – August 3
Time:  Various Times
Location: Cinema Paradiso, Northbridge Details and Booking

    Now a much anticipated fixture on the festival calendar, the third Volvo Scandinavian Film Festival, presented by Palace, Luna Palace Cinemas and The West Australian will see some of the most exciting and fresh movies from Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Iceland grace screens at Cinema Paradiso in Northbridge from 21 July – 3 August.

Alfred Hitchock Film Festival

Date: Opens July 28 – August 10
Time:  Various Times
Location: Windsor Cinema  Details and Booking

Featuring REBECCA (1940) Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine book by Daphen du Maurier ; SPELLBOUND (1945) Ingrid Berman, Gregory Peck; NOTORIOUS (1946) Ingrid Bergman, Cary Grant; STRANGERS ON A TRAIN (1951) Robert Walker; DIAL M FOR MURDER IN 3D (1954) Ray Milan, Grace Kelly; REAR WINDOW (1954), Grace Kelly, James Stewart; TO CATCH A THIEF (1955); VERTIGO (1958) Kim Novak, James Stewart; NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959) Eva Marie-Saint, Carey Grant PSYCHO (1960) Anthony Perkins; THE BIRDS (1963) Tippie Hedren

ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS Readings Advance Screening
Date:   Wednesday August 3
Time:  7:00pm
Location: READING CINEMA Belmont Details and Booking
Film season opens Thursday August 4

If you can’t wait until the opening day, catch Absolutely Fabulous at the Advance Screening at Readings for only $10. Guests are encouraged to dress up as Readings are running a ‘best dressed’ competition on the night, as well as giving out a number of other prizes. Guests will also receive a free non-alcoholic frozen martini and fairy floss. A photographer will also be roaming around.
Arrive at least half an hour early for this screening to enjoy the fun! What a great girl’s night out!

Date:   Thursday August 4
Time:  6:30pm for fun & treats. Films starts 7:00pm (check Luna Cinemas site for exact details)
Location: Cinema Paradiso Details and Booking
Film season opens Thursday August 4

    Sweetie darling! Join us in celebrating the return of everyone's favourite fashion duo Edi and Patsy for the opening night of Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie at Cinema Paradiso on August 4.
Enjoy prosecco tastings from Brown Brothers, immersive fun and prize giveaways for the best dressed, plus every ticket gets a free entry to Connections Nightclub and glass of bubbly on arrival.
   In Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, Edi (Jennifer Saunders) and Patsy (Joanna Lumley) are still oozing glitz and glamor, living the high life they are accustomed to; shopping, drinking and clubbing their way around London's trendiest hot-spots. Blamed for a major incident at an uber fashionable launch party, they become entangled in a media storm and are relentlessly pursued by the paparazzi. Back are regulars like Saffron (Julia Sawalha)
     Fleeing penniless to the glamorous playground of the super-rich, the French Riviera, they hatch a plan to make their escape permanent and live the high life forever more.
Based on TV show from 1992-2012

Date:   Friday 29 July & Sunday 31 July
Time:  10:30am (check Luna Cinemas site for exact details)
Location: Cinema Paradiso Details and Booking
The Royal Opera’s heart-breaking Werther will be screened direct from London in cinemas across Australia. Conducted by Antonio Pappano, and starring two of opera’s most in-demand talents Vittorio Grigòlo’ and Joyce DiDonato, Massenet’s tragedy is full of supressed desire and family duty. 

    The tormented poet Werther is in love with the married Charlotte. Unable to forget his love, Werther travels the world but their romance continues through a series of passionate letters. On his unexpected return Charlotte once again rejects Werther and he shoots himself, dying in her arms. 

    Known for his illustrious career in French cinema, Benoit Jacquot’s production is sumptuously staged in the 18th Century. Lavish costumes and grand houses by set designer Charles Edwards represent the stifling society the couple live within whilst passion rages beneath. 
     Werther from London’s Covent Garden screens as part of the 2016 Palace Opera & Ballet Cinema Season, which also features opera and ballet performances from Paris’ Bastille Opéra and historic Palais Garnier, and for the first time this year, Milan’s famous La Scala. (Sung in Italian with English subtitles) Duration approx. 3h incl. 2 interval.

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