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.

Claims
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.

Criticism
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."

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS 
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.

SPECIAL EVENTS
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!

PAINTING THE MODERN GARDEN ENCORES
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.

WARREN MILLER: CHASING SHADOWS        
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 warrenmiller.com.au

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.


Thursday, June 2, 2016

What's at the movies 2nd June 2016?



NOW YOU SEE ME 2 ✪✪✪ Opens JUNE 2 Most cinemas
   No Isla Fisher? Too busy doing her ING ads perhaps? The Four Horseman are back, but this film is a real sleight of hand. They take your money, without delivering the goods, while making you feel as though you’ve seen some nifty tricks, while really the magic is just a less well-executed rehash of the first 2013 outing.  While the actors are certainly fun to watch—all except the terribly miscast Daniel Radcliffe as the bad guy—don’t think too hard about it, or the plot holes will fly thicker and quicker in your mind than the cards that seem to whirl everywhere. 
   The characters lack any depth, the FBI are completely side-benched as incompetent, and while there are a couple of polished trick scenes, the explanations on ‘how they did it,’ don’t add up.  There're enough color and movement to please fans, I guess, but it doesn’t have the impact of the first. It’s a money grab, people.
   My fifteen-year-old who enjoyed it a lot, insisted I give it three stars. I was going for two-and-a-half because it was half good. So that ought to tell you the demographic to which it will appeal. The producers seem to have left it open for a third Now You See Me. To which, I say, I really, really, hope not. Seeing you twice is enough.
Film Blurb
THE FOUR HORSEMEN [Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Lizzy Caplan] return for a second mind-bending adventure, elevating the limits of stage illusion to new heights and taking them around the globe. One year after outwitting the FBI and winning the public's adulation with their Robin Hood-style magic spectacles, the illusionists resurface for a comeback performance in hopes of exposing the unethical practices of a tech magnate. The man behind their vanishing act is none other than WALTER MABRY [Daniel Radcliffe], a tech prodigy who threatens the Horsemen into pulling off their most impossible heist yet. Their only hope is to perform one last unprecedented stunt to clear their names and reveal the mastermind behind it all.

QUEEN OF THE DESERT Opens JUNE 2 Most cinemas &  Luna Cinemas
  This film has been likened to Lawrence of Arabia and Nicole Kidman labelled as ‘the female version.’ Nicole Kidman is no Peter O’Toole. I am sure this would have been a good book, but the film makes you feel as though you are trudging across the desert, waist deep in the sand. There is no oasis here. It’s all undulating dunes of slow, plodding nothing. Despite years of traveling across the desert, Nicole Kidman’s character doesn’t age, doesn’t tan, and remains overly feminine. James Franco is horrible as her initial love interest. So uncharming despite trying very hard to be just that. No chemistry between the two either.
   I, also, have a huge problem with the script. Why would you tell a story about one of the most influential women involved in the politics of the Orient and British empire after the first World War and diminish her to a Mills & Boon creature who worries constantly about missing men? I’ve renamed this Queen of the Drudge. Watch it on stream or DVD if you must or take a pillow to the cinema.
                                            
Film Blurb
   From legendary director Werner Herzog comes the adventures of the thrilling life of Gertrude Bell (Nicole Kidman); traveller, writer, archaeologist and political attachĂ© for the British Secret Service at the dawn of the twentieth century.
   Completely unsatisfied with life in England and no possible suitor, Gertrude journeys to the Middle East and to Tehran where she falls into a tragic love affair with diplomat and gambler Henry Cadogan (James Franco). As the Ottoman Empire is crumbling, Gertrude explores the vast region, learning all she can and meeting Muslim dignitaries in Cairo and Baghdad.
   As a mediator between the Orient and the British Empire, she contributes to defining the new borders in the region; particularly after the World War, where she finds tumultuous love again in the arms of Charles Doughty-Wylie (Damian Lewis). Dubbed 'the female Lawrence of Arabia', Herzog uses the vast and epic landscapes around Bell to tell an emotional and inspirational tale of discovery and desire.

MONEY MONSTER ✪✪✪½ Opens JUNE 2 Most cinemas &  Luna Cinemas
   Not reviewed. Sadly, dopey here got the date of the preview mixed up!
Film Blurb
  Gripping drama as dispossessed working-class man combusts. “The system is rigged. They’re stealing everything from us. They’re stealing the country.”
   In this high-stakes thriller directed by Jodie Foster, George Clooney and Julia Roberts star as financial TV host Lee Gates and his ace producer Patty, who are put in an explosive situation when an irate investor who has lost everything (Jack O’Connell) forcefully takes over their studio.
  During a deadly standoff broadcast to millions on live TV, Lee and Patty must work furiously against the clock to uncover the truth behind a tangle of big money lies – while also keeping themselves and their crew members alive in the process.

God Willing ✪✪✪✪½ Opens June 2  Luna Cinemas)
This is Italian cinema at its best. What they do so well is mock themselves. This time, writer-director Edoardo Falcone takes on Catholicism, pitting medically based atheism against the almighty belief. In the first half of the film, the laughs are thick and fast. In fact, I haven’t heard an audience laugh so much and so loud in a long time. Most of the comedy comes from the fabulous timing of Marco Giallini as the arrogant Tommaso, the surgeon appalled his son has decided to become a priest. The characters are rich, their lives based on a familiarity with which we can identify, and even the slapstick, although minor, is perfect. 
  The second half, although still amusing, settles in to deal with the issues of belief as Tomasso becomes obsessed with proving to his son that the charismatic priest, whom he believes has brain-washed his son, is indeed a fraud.
   My Italian mother-in-law laughed and thought it was a great film and gave it four stars. She, also, commented it had a perfect ending. With that, I have no disagreement. It reminds me of the sweet French comedy The BĂ©lier Family which screened late last year. Films with genuine comedy and heart. Hollywood please note, yes, you can be funny without the excessive drinking and toilet humour. Go see this. It is a delight.

Film Blurb
   The #1 smash-hit comedy success of the 2015 Lavazza Italian Film Festival (where it premiered as the Opening Night Gala), this wildly entertaining and multi award-winning debut feature from writer-director Edoardo Falcone is the story of an almighty battle of wills that pits a man with a God complex against the hip local priest.
   Tommaso (Marco Giallini) is an esteemed and defiantly self-confident cardiac surgeon, and an unabashed atheist. But the veneer of his perfect life is abruptly cracked when his only son Andrea (Enrico Oetiker) brings the family together for an important announcement; it’s not a heavily speculated-upon declaration relating to his sexuality, but rather – to his father’s great horror – his intention to abandon his medical studies to become a priest!
    Tommaso refuses to accept his son’s newfound vocation and decides to ‘go undercover’ to expose the charismatic Father Don Pietro (Alessandro Gassman) whom he is convinced has brainwashed his son. Meanwhile the other members of the family – unfulfilled wife Carla (a wonderful Laura Morante) and listless daughter Bianca – are provoked by Andrea’s revelation in different ways, undertaking their own renaissance-of-sorts…
WINNER – AUDIENCE PRIZE – 2015 TOKYO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
WINNER – BEST NEW DIRECTOR – 2015 ITALIAN ACADEMY AWARDS
WINNER – BEST NEW DIRECTOR – 2015 ITALIAN NATIONAL SYNDICATE OF FILM JOURNALISTS

CHASING ASYLUM ✪✪✪✪✪✪✪✪✪✪ out of 5
(Opens 2nd June) Luna Cinemas
   I attended a very early screening of this film with about five others on a Sunday morning. I don’t easily give up my Sunday mornings away from my family, but I wanted to understand this issue that constantly headlines our news here in Australia. I hadn’t formed an opinion on the refugee debate because it all seemed too hard, too unsolvable, and, to be frank, it didn’t impact my life. I attended because I, finally, did want to understand this issue, and the trailer promised to peel back the veil of rumor. I expected the documentary to be upsetting but enlightening. What I didn’t expect was to be moved to tears and frustrated anger that still resonates more than six weeks later.
  What director Eva Orner and her brave whistleblowers have done is take us inside the offshore detention centres on Nauru and Manus Island, no holds barred. They’ve done it with great craft and in the fly-on-the-wall style of great documentaries, they’ve said: “Here’s the reality. You decide.”
   A picture paints a thousand words. This one paints a . . . 
Click here to read the full review and more. It's worth the click: Why Australians & the world need to watch CHASING ASYLUM

Film Blurb
Oscar winner Eva Orner's (Taxi To The Dark Side) explosive documentary exposes the impact of Australia’s offshore detention policies and explores how political leaders have chosen detention ahead of compassion and governments deprive asylum seekers of their human rights.
   Featuring never before seen footage shot inside Australia’s offshore detention camps, CHASING ASYLUM looks at the impact of sending those in search of a safe home to languish in limbo.
   Exploring the mental, physical and fiscal consequences of Australia’s decision to detain families in unsanitary conditions hidden from media scrutiny, CHASING ASYLUM promises to be a flashpoint for discussion in this federal election year.

SPECIAL EVENTS

CHASING ASYLUM: DIRECTOR Q & A 
Date: SUNDAY 5 June
Time: 5:15 pm
Location: Luna Leederville Details and Booking

   Oscar winner Eva Orner's (Taxi To The Dark Side) explosive documentary exposes the impact of Australia’s offshore detention policies and explores how political leaders have chosen detention ahead of compassion and governments deprive asylum seekers of their human rights.
   Featuring never before seen footage shot inside Australia’s offshore detention camps, CHASING ASYLUM looks at the impact of sending those in search of a safe home to languish in limbo.
   Exploring the mental, physical and fiscal consequences of Australia’s decision to detain families in unsanitary conditions hidden from media scrutiny, CHASING ASYLUM promises to be a flashpoint for discussion in this federal election year.
   Join us for a special Q&A screening event with Oscar winner Eva Orner who will be  Luna Leederville on Sunday 2 June to present and talk about her explosive documentary feature following the 5.15pm session. Eva will also be on hand to sign her book provided by Northsidebooks courtesy of Harper Collins

MADAMA BUTTERFLY          
Date:   Saturday June 4 & Sunday 5 June
Time: 1:00pm (check Luna Cinemas site for exact details)
Location: Luna Leederville & Luna on SX Details and Booking

Kristine Opolais brings her heartbreaking interpretation of the title role in Madama Butterfly to Captured Live in HD screens for the first time, in Anthony Minghella’s critically acclaimed 2006 production. Roberto Alagna sings Lieutenant Pinkerton, the callous officer who crushes Butterfly’s dreams of love. Debuting conductor Karel Mark Chichon leads a cast that also includes Maria Zifchak as Suzuki and Dwayne Croft as Sharpless.
Production: Anthony Minghella; Director and Choreographer: Carolyn Choa; Set Designer: Michael Levine; Costume Designer: Han Feng ; Lighting Designer: Peter Mumford; Puppetry: Blind Summit Theatre. Sung in Italian with Met Titles in English. Approx RT: 3 hours 40 minutes incl. intermission.

WARREN MILLER: CHASING SHADOWS        
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 warrenmiller.com.au

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

ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW - IMMERSIVE EVENT
Date: July 3
Time:  9pm Sunday
Location: Luna Leederville Details and Booking

After 2 sold out screenings in 2015, Monkey Collective presents:

THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW! (1975) (Selling out last year in as little as 7 hours, If this is your film don't wait)
Pre-screening entertainment from 8PM, film screening 9PM. Tickets $22 include a goodie bag.
“You're very lucky to be invited up to Frank's laboratory. Some people would give their right arm for the privilege.”
This is no Ordinary Screening.......
Tonight you are IN the film!! Your goodie bag packed with items and chants to play along with through the screening. From 8pm you can grab pre-show drinks, Get Wrapped up with our Frankenfurter Photobooth and witness Actors run amok in the foyer. In Cinema Bar with Cocktails and Costume Competition! Stars Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick, Meatloaf.

Rocky Horror is a classic Immersive Cinema that has been running in the States for many years. Monkey Collective pays homage with our own style.
Strictly 18+ We will be rude, crude and extremely unapologetic Touch-a touch-a touch-a touch me, I wanna be dirty!