Month: December 2015

Moviedoc’s Best & Worst Films of 2015, and more!

The Top 20

20

The Wolfpack (2015) Poster

19

Citizenfour (2014) Poster

18

The Homesman (2014) Poster

17

99 Homes (2014) Poster

16

Far from Men (2014) Poster

15

The Age of Adaline (2015) Poster

14

Paddington (2014) Poster

13

Inside Out (2015) Poster

12

Ex Machina (2015) Poster

11

Holding the Man (2015) Poster

10

Truth (2015) Poster

9

Partisan (2015) Poster

8

A Brilliant Young Mind (2014) Poster

7

Sicario (2015) Poster

6

Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) Poster

5

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (2015) Poster

4

The Theory of Everything (2014) Poster

3

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) Poster
2

The Imitation Game (2014) Poster

1

Amy (2015) Poster

The Bottom 5

5

Chappie (2015) Poster

4

Now Add Honey (2015) Poster

3

Love the Coopers (2015) Poster

2

The Last Witch Hunter (2015) Poster

1

Get Hard (2015) Poster

Now, Outside of the Top 20 and Bottom 5…

Underrated/Better Than Expected!

The Intern (2015) Poster

The Visit (2015) Poster

Gemma Bovery (2014) Poster

Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) Poster

Unfriended (2014) Poster

Run All Night (2015) Poster

The Walk Poster

San Andreas (2015) Poster

Overrated/Biggest Let Downs

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014) Poster

Clouds of Sils Maria (2014) Poster

Everest (2015) Poster


Minions (2015) Poster

Magic Mike XXL (2015) Poster

Miss You Already (2015) Poster

Terminator Genisys (2015) Poster

Deserves a Mention/Check These Out Too!

The Martian (2015) Poster

The Gift (2015) Poster

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Poster

The Dressmaker (2015) Poster

Woman in Gold (2015) Poster

Mommy (2014) Poster

Irrational Man (2015) Poster

And now, for a little bit of reading…

Most Influential & Strongest Acting Performances
(In no particular order)

Eddie Redmayne & Felicity Jones for The Theory of Everything
Benedict Cumberbatch & Keira Knightley for The Imitation Game
Charize Theron for Mad Max: Fury Road
Jeremy Chabriel for Partisan
Ryan Corr & Craig Stott for Holding The Man
Viggo Mortensen for Far From Men
Andrew Garfield for 99 Homes
Hilary Swank & Tommy Lee Jones for The Homesman
Matt Damon for The Martian
Jake Gyllenhaal for Southpaw
Jack O’Connell for Unbroken & ’71
Bradley Cooper for American Sniper
Karidja Toure for Girlhood
Michael B Jordan for Creed
Fabrice Lucini for Gemma Bovery
Bel Powley for The Diary of a Teenage Girl
Dakota Johnson for Fifty Shades of Grey
Judy Davis for The Dressmaker
Julianne Moore for Still Alice & Freeheld
Romain Duris for The New Girlfriend
Louane Emera for The Belier Family
Sullivan Stapleton for Cut Snake
Joseph Gordon-Levitt for The Walk
Cate Blanchett for Truth
Daisy Ridley for Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Most Debilitating & Weakest Performances
(In no particular order)

Vin Diesel for Furious 7 & The Last Witch Hunter
Yo-Landi Visser & Ninja for Chappie
Lucy Fry for Now Add Honey
Christoph Waltz for Spectre &
Big Eyes
Karin Viard for The Belier Family

Best Movie Moments
(In no particular order)

The hair-raising action sequences in Mad Max: Fury Road
The church massacre in Kingsmen: The Secret Service
The final moments of Irrational Man
The final scene in Phoenix
Kate Winslet
‘s opening line and explosive revenge in The Dressmaker
Judy Davis’ many cracking one-liners in The Dressmaker
The mishap with bottled body fluids in Ted 2
Amanda Seyfried’s look-alike scene in Ted 2

The twist revealed in The Visit
The somber final moments of American Sniper
The uplifting and touching finale of The Belier Family
The opening sequence of Spectre
The final scene of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

That’s it!

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LA FAMILLE BELIER (THE BELIER FAMILY)

106 Minutes, French Comedy/Drama, M

It may not be spring in Paris right now, but Paris is growing some fresh talent. Her name is Louane Emera and she is the star of the new French comedy/drama, LA FAMILLE BELIER (THE BELIER FAMILY), one of several new releases this Boxing Day. Although Emera will be a new face French cinema aficionados are sure to see more of in coming years, she isn’t a complete unknown back home – Louane Emera was a semi-finalist in the second season of reality TV show, “The Voice”. In her first feature film role, she is Paula Belier, the daughter of two deaf parents, living on a farm, who depend heavily on her. But all will soon change in LA FAMILLE BELIER household when Paula’s music teacher, Fabien (Eric Elmosnino – SUMMER HOURS) discovers Paula can sing.

LA FAMILLE BELIER - Film Poster

There’s really only one reason to see LA FAMILLE BELIER. Yep, you guessed it – Louane Emera. In a truly breakthrough performance, Emera is forced to carry this film on her own two shoulders at times, and does so effortlessly. Featured in almost every scene, Emera is required to act, sing, and to also perform sign language all throughout. Sometimes all at once! She makes it all look easy with a very natural rhythm and sincere presence, and is so captivating to watch as she sings. A challenge she may not have expected was to keep her composure whilst acting opposite French veteran Karin Viard (DELICATESSEN) who gives a clumsy, overly physical performance in an equally over-the-top written character. Eric Elmosnino as the brash Music teacher Fabien, who knows true talent when he hears it, is given some pretty insulting, incisive dialogue that would impress Fletcher (J. K Simmons) from WHIPLASH! Thankfully, and luckily, the writers were smart enough to make sure Paula is (almost) always the centre of attention and for doing so, LA FAMILLE BELIER remains a fairly crowd-pleasing and entertaining movie for fans of the French way of filmmaking.

3 out of 5

LA FAMILLE BELIER – Film Trailer

Footnote to Parents
Insulting dialogue, some offensive language as well as some sexual references and intimacy are contained in this comedy/drama best suited to 13 years and above.

Moviedoc wishes to thank Paige, Palace Films and Cinema NOVA for the invite to the screening of LA FAMILLE BELIER.

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TRUTH

125 minutes, Biography/Drama, M

In 2004, during the lead-up to President George W. Bush’s re-election, CBS News aired a story on their 60 Minutes program that aimed to discover the true whereabouts of Bush during his time at the Texas Air National Guard, during the early 1970’s. Journalist & Producer Mary Mapes (Cate Blanchett) along with her team, race against time to finalise their project which is to be presented by long-serving news anchor Dan Rather (Robert Redford). When some details that question the authenticity of their story are publicly raised, the entire team and news station are embroiled in several controversies that endanger their careers and reputation.

Truth (2015) Poster

As so sensationally demonstrated by TRUTH’S screenplay, when the focus shifts from achieving the aim of a task, whatever it may be, to nitpicking its every detail in an overly-meticulous manner, the true reason why it’s even happening can easily be lost. A fine line is easily crossed. However, evidential support for facts are most certainly necessary and is something that TRUTH does not ignore, even if it is opinionated. First-time filmmaker James Vanderbilt has directed an informative biographical film that is powerfully conveyed, stirring to watch and boasts razor sharp performances from all its cast. But none more so than our own Cate Blanchett – her ability to summon and release emotional tension and imploding anxiety to the degree she does is not a gift many actors possess. It’s worth the price of admission alone. Right from the beginning, we are dropped and left right in the epicentre of this dramatisation that never loses its own motivation or direction. Right through to the end, it is galvanising to watch this fearlessly honest film. Highly recommend.

4 out of 5

TRUTH – Film Trailer

Footnote to Parents
The subject of the film probably won’t engage too many children under 15. Should it though, there are some brief, frontal nude pictures seen, and a moderate level of coarse language.

Moviedoc wishes to thank Jesse from Roadshow Films, Roadshow Films & Village Cinemas Jam Factory for the invitation to the Media Screening of TRUTH.

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IN THE HEART OF THE SEA

121 minutes, Drama/Adventure, M

If you’re hoping to catch Chris Hemsworth in a film that isn’t a sequel, prequel or remake of any kind, any time soon, then IN THE HEART OF THE SEA is your only bait. With the likes of THOR: RAGNAROK, THE HUNTSMAN WINTER’S WAR and GHOSTBUSTERS swimming to Australian shores in 2016, our home-grown mega-star won’t have too many original works on offer coming up. IN THE HEART OF THE SEA chronicles the story and events that led Herman Melville to writing his highly regarded novel “Moby Dick”, in 1851. Herman (Ben Whishaw – Q from SPECTRE) visits the only remaining survivor of the Essex tragedy, 30 years after it occurred. Via extended flashback sequences, we witness the expedition of a group of whalers and their encounter with a monster-sized white whale.

In the Heart of the Sea (2015) Poster

Based on the non-fiction novel of the same name by Nathaniel Philbrick, IN THE HEART OF THE SEA floats in a similar boat to recent release EVEREST. Its ability to genuinely involve its audience and have any emotional impact will strongly depend on your willingness to lend compassion to a group of men placing themselves in an environment that is knowingly unpredictable and potentially dangerous, not to mention they’re out there to hunt whales! Tough ask! Thankfully, and unlike EVEREST, IN THE HEART OF THE SEA averts any confusion in deciphering one characters plight & fate from the next, and conveys where and when scenarios take place in a comprehensible manner. While scenes set at sea don’t produce the awe they promise or capture the mysterious beauty of the deep unknown as profoundly as it could have, IN THE HEART OF THE SEA engages when telling its story in poetic fashion and is quite entertainingly rendered for a passable two hours.

3 out of 5

IN THE HEART OF THE SEA – Film Trailer

Footnote to Parents
This is a film depicting a fight for survival in dying conditions, so survival themes along with some brief violence and blood is to be acknowledged for a younger and/or sensitive audience.

 

Moviedoc wishes to thank Harriet, Roadshow Films and Village Cinemas, Jam Factory for the invite to the media screening of IN THE HEART OF THE SEA.

 

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Phoenix

98 minutes, German Drama, M

PHOENIX offers a truly compelling premise that is somewhat original too for those who don’t mind the odd venture into the world of foreign and art house cinema. Loosely based on a novel “Le Retour des cendres” (French for “The Return from the Ashes”) by Hubert Monteillhet, this German drama, set post WWII in Berlin, centres in on Nelly’s (Nina Hoss) return to her homeland, after she was sent away during the war to the concentration camps. Having required extensive facial surgery after injuries sustained there, a now unrecognisable Nelly searches for her husband (Ronald Zehrfeld), who may have betrayed her to the Nazi’s.

The undeniable ability PHOENIX possesses to be every ounce full of intrigue is intrinsically developed within its core story. And it needs to be, for with no sub-plots there is no escapism from the many questionable decisions made by our lead character and the potentially dangerous situation she is setting herself up for. Over a modest running time of 97 minutes, the developments within the story progress fashionably, yet they leave behind certain elements that may impact the films capacity to fully convince. By the extraordinary final moments of PHOENIX, a wave of satisfaction and appreciation for the refined performances and stunning conclusion ought to keep an irrefutable feeling of ambiguity at bay.

3.5 out of 5

PHOENIX – Film Trailer

Footnote to Parents
The thematic storyline is the sole reason PHOENIX is recommended for a mature audience. And an audience that have genuine appreciation for foreign and art house cinema.

Moviedoc wishes to thank Tessa, Madman and Cinema NOVA for the invite to the media screening of PHOENIX.

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DVD & Blu Ray Releases for December 2015

MOVIEDOC’S MONTHLY RECOMMENDATIONS 

Far From Men
IMDB – 7.4/10 Rotten Tomatoes – 80% Moviedoc – 4 out of 5
Released on the 9th, Foreign Drama/Western

Marshland
IMDB – 7.4/10 Rotten Tomatoes – 88% Moviedoc Yet to see
Released on the 9th, Foreign Crime/Thriller

Last Cab To Darwin
IMDB – 7.6/10 Rotten Tomatoes – 86% Moviedoc Yet to see
Released on the 9th, Australian Comedy/Drama

Dope
IMDB – 7.3/10 Rotten Tomatoes – 88% Moviedoc Yet to see
Released on the 17th, Crime/Comedy

Southpaw
IMDB – 7.5/10 Rotten Tomatoes – 59% Moviedoc – 4 out of 5
Released on the 23rd, Sport Drama

The Gift
IMDB – 7.2/10 Rotten Tomatoes – 93% Moviedoc – 3.5 out of 5
Released on the 30th, Mystery/Thriller

All Other December Releases

Ant-Man
IMDB – 7.6/10 Rotten Tomatoes – 79% Moviedoc – 3 out of 5
Released on the 2nd, Family Action/Comedy

Paper Towns
IMDB – 6.5/10 Rotten Tomatoes – 56% Moviedoc – Yet to see
Released on the 2nd, Mystery Drama/Romance

The Gallows
IMDB – 4.3/10 Rotten Tomatoes – 15% Moviedoc – 1.5 out of 5
Released on the 2nd, Horror/Thriller

Ricki And The Flash
IMDB – 6.0/10 Rotten Tomatoes – 65% Moviedoc – Yet to see
Released on the 3rd, Comedy/Drama

Fantastic Four
IMDB – 4.3/10 Rotten Tomatoes – 10% Moviedoc – Yet to see
Released on the 9th, Action/Sci-Fi

I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story
IMDB – 7.4/10 Rotten Tomatoes – 84% Moviedoc – Yet to see
Released on the 9th, Documentary

Pixels

IMDB – 5.7/10 Rotten Tomatoes – 17% Moviedoc – Yet to see
Released on the 10th, Action/Comedy

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
IMDB – 7.5/10 Rotten Tomatoes – 92% Moviedoc – 3.5 out of 5
Released on the 10th, Action/Adventure


5 Flights Up
IMDB – 6.1/10 Rotten Tomatoes – 51% Moviedoc – Yet to see
Released on the 16th, Drama

Maze Runner: Scorch Trials
IMDB – 6.6/10 Rotten Tomatoes – 49% Moviedoc – 2.5 out of 5
Released on the 16th, Action/Sci-Fi

The Man From U.N.C.L.E
IMDB – 7.4/10 Rotten Tomatoes – 67% Moviedoc – 3 out of 5
Released on the 16th, Action/Adventure Comedy

Survivor
IMDB – 5.6/10 Rotten Tomatoes – 8% Moviedoc – Yet to see
Released on the 16th, Action/Crime Thriller

Oddball
IMDB – 6.8/10 Rotten Tomatoes – 70% Moviedoc – 3 out of 5
Released on the 16th, Family True Story

Life
IMDB – 6.3/10 Rotten Tomatoes – 66% Moviedoc – Yet to see
Released on the 17th, Drama

Mr Holmes
IMDB – 7.0/10 Rotten Tomatoes – 87% Moviedoc – Fell asleep ;(
Released on the 17th, Mystery Drama

Pan
IMDB – 6.0/10 Rotten Tomatoes – 26% Moviedoc – 2 out of 5
Released on the 23rd, Family Adventure/Fantasy

Vacation
IMDB – 6.2/10 Rotten Tomatoes – 27% Moviedoc Yet to see
Released on the 23rd, Comedy

We Are Your Friends
IMDB – 5.9/10 Rotten Tomatoes – 41% Moviedoc – Yet to see
Released on the 24th, Drama

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