Ladies in Black

Film #2 of the ‘we forgot to go to the cinema’ movie weekend. We were going to watch McQueen and found out we were too late … we didn’t want that to happen for the other movies on our list.

Emmy says:
A mesmerising journey through Australia’s enchanting 1950’s. 10/10.

Jeff says:
This film took Bruce Beresford 30 years to make. It was worth it. This is a delightful film centred around the lives of women working for a department store in Sydney in the 1950’s. While that might not sound interesting, the lives of these women – their families, their dreams and aspirations, starting to deal with a changing demographic and what that means – was both emotional and uplifting in parts and sometimes at the same time. While there were obviously negatives for some in Sydney in the 50’s that this film doesn’t explore, this film was honest in the lives of the people represented. A truly wonderful film. 10/10.

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The House with a Clock in Its Walls

Film #1 of the ‘we forgot to go to the cinema’ movie weekend. We were going to watch McQueen and found out we were too late … we didn’t want that to happen for the other movies on our list.

Emmy says:
The costumes and sets are glorious and are perfect for the splendiferous lines delivered throughout. I was magnificently entertained. 9/10.

Jeff says:
A gorgeous and stylish film, this movie starts strongly but starts to flag as the magic in the story replaces the magic of storytelling. The acting is fantastic, but the material is more like a long Goosebumps episode. Apparently the books this is based on predate Harry Potter, Miss Peregrine and all the other special magic child kids books, but on screen it seems derivative which is unfortunate. In the end, I loved everything that didn’t involve the villain (who was a detraction from the otherwise delightfully whimsical story). 8/10.

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Teen Titans Go! to the Movies

Emmy says:
A fun partying story with some wonderful insertions for adults. Definitely a number of laughing out loud moments. 7/10.

Jeff says:
Listening to reviews I believe, this movie was going to be awesome for adults and children alike. I’m not completely sure that was entirely accurate, but it was definitely fun. There were gags for the adults, gags for the kids, serious moments, fun moments, cameos, call backs and cross-overs. It was the big screen epitome of a Teen Titans Go! episode, and what more could you actually ask for? As an adult, it flagged a little towards the end of the second act, as it’s hard to make jokes work in the “rock bottom” phase of the hero’s journey (and Teen Titans Go! doesn’t work as a serious story). Good (and in some cases, surprising) voice acting and a good story for a good family film. 7/10.

(Guest Reaction) Jono says:
Thoroughly enjoyable. Although aimed at children, I enjoyed every moment. 7/10.

(Guest Reaction) Erin says:
Enjoyed most of it. Some parts were slow, but the funny moments made it worth it. 7/10.

(Guest Reaction) Children say:
A fun movie (they) would happily see again. 7/10.

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The Happytime Murders

Emmy says:
The crass humour was jarring, although there were funny one-liners. The puppet work didn’t stand out as anything special. Not sure what else to say. 6/10.

Jeff says:
“Remember, this is low-brow.” I said this as the movie started, and it certainly helped me through the more cringe-worthy moments. There was some attempt at race coding (puppets as allegory for racial minorities) but not enough was done with it to make it more than tokenism. The explicit content was there for shock value (because puppets!) but Avenue Q did it much better without the overt vulgarity. The central story was cliched (although that has to be at least partly deliberate due to some of the obvious homages). Having said all that, I enjoyed it more than it had any right to expect. 8/10.

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Beirut

Movie Marathon Film 9 of 9, thanks to Palace Cinemas‘ $5 Movie Week.

Emmy says:
A stark look at the less pleasant side of history. Grey colour predominated in the war torn settings lending an emotional edge to the narrative. There were no subtitles for the Arabic, but pain needs no translation. 9/10.

Jeff says:
An incredibly well told tale of a difficult time in an unsettled place. The ending left me feeling dirty and unsure whether or not it was a “happy” ending … which is probably the only way the story should end after all. 9/10.

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The Breaker Upperers

Movie Marathon Film 8 of 9, thanks to Palace Cinemas‘ $5 Movie Week.

Emmy says:
Had the meat of some good laughs but the connective tissue was absent. 6/10.

Jeff says:
I had heard good things about this, how it didn’t go down the standard women being mean to each other route. While mostly true, I was disappointed. There were definite laughs, but more in the vein of a series of skits from a running gag. The story didn’t really gel, and lost oomph about halfway through. A decent payoff, but by then I’d stopped being invested in the outcome. The writers/directors have promise though, and I’d watch their next film. 5/10..

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The Spy Who Dumped Me

Movie Marathon Film 7 of 9, thanks to Palace Cinemas‘ $5 Movie Week.

Emmy says:
Totally ridiculous and I loved every moment of it 9/10.

Jeff says:
When we have a movie marathon weekend, our reviews tend to be short since we are typing them in our phones as the credits roll. We want to the reaction to be fresh. Sorry about that. Meanwhile, this movie should have been a hard to watch cringe fest. Instead it was clever, very funny, and charming. Kate McKinnon at her best and Mila Kunis managed to seem clueless and yet credible at the same time. A fun romp. 9/10.

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The Wife

Movie Marathon Film 6 of 9, thanks to Palace Cinemas‘ $5 Movie Week.

Emmy says:
The complexities and frailties of the human condition are exquisitely illustrated in this confronting work of art. 9/10.

Jeff says:
A tight, layered narrative which suits a literary tale. Some of the characters are a bit too one dimensional, and the central conceit is a little too hard to believe. I feel that the ending was also a cheap cop-out. Well acted nonetheless, but with this cast it’s expected. 8/10.

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RBG

Movie Marathon Film 5 of 9, thanks to Palace Cinemas‘ $5 Movie Week.

Emmy says:
A entertaining, educational and mirthful lesson in one woman’s journey to what she believes in. 10/10.

Jeff says:
Whether US judicial decisions interest you, they have an impact. RBG has been making her own mark since the 60’s and is now an unlikely “rock star” judge. This documentary covers her life and artfully conveys the woman sure has always been. An excellent film. 10/10.

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Incredibles 2

Movie Marathon Film 4 of 9, thanks to Palace Cinemas‘ $5 Movie Week.

Emmy says:
Story script and animation are absolutely incredible! Great family dynamics in this one. 10/10.

Jeff says:
A sequel that was possibly better than the original. Engaging story, excellent role reversals. Villain’s identity was predictable, but it’s a kids movie. Funny, well-written, thoroughly enjoyable. 10/10.

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On Chesil Beach

Movie Marathon Film 3 of 9, thanks to Palace Cinemas‘ $5 Movie Week.

Emmy says:
A window inside the uncomfortable and awkward moments in life, showing the opportunities missed. Bring your tissues. 8/10.

Jeff says:
I wasn’t sure how this story would translate to the screen, but the flashbacks poignantly told the tale of the relationship exquisitely. The use of music (and the lack) was expertly done. A tragic tale told terrifically. Not for everyone, but very well done. 8/10.

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Two Is a Family

Movie Marathon Film 2 of 9, thanks to Palace Cinemas‘ $5 Movie Week.

Emmy says:
A great movie that pulls at the heart strings and shows a childhood and family life the eight year old in all of us would be envious of. Emotionally charged script and acting that draws the viewer into the story. 9/10.

Jeff says:
Omar Sy is an amazingly expressive actor, perfectly cast for this role. The movie almost didn’t go where the trailer implied and when it did it was almost irrelevant. A movie full of surprises both delightful and heartbreaking. 9/10.

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