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Happiest Season

I have 15 double passes to the preview screening of HAPPIEST SEASON, 6:30pm Wednesday November 25, at Event Cinemas, Myer Centre

For your chance to win a double pass,
1) Tag who you’d like to take along with you, and
2) Let me know: “What’s your favourite part of the holiday season?”

Put your answer on Twitter, Instagram (with the #HappiestSeason, tagging @reviewbrisbane), Facebook, or below!

In Cinemas NOVEMBER 26

Meeting your girlfriend’s family for the first time can be tough. Planning to propose at her family’s annual Christmas dinner – until you realize that they don’t even know she’s gay – is even harder. When Abby (Kristen Stewart) learns that Harper (Mackenzie Davis) has kept their relationship a secret from her family, she begins to question the girlfriend she thought she knew. Happiest Season is a holiday romantic comedy that hilariously captures the range of emotions tied to wanting your family’s acceptance, being true to yourself, and trying not to ruin Christmas.

Thanks to Sony Pictures Australia

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Misbehaviour

I have 5 double passes to the preview screening of MISBEHAVIOUR, 6:30pm Monday November 23, at Palace Barracks Cinemas

For your chance to win a double pass,
1) Tag who you’d like to take along with you, and
2) Let me know: “What would your talent be in a pagent?”

Put your answer on Twitter, Instagram (with the #MisbehaviourMovie, tagging @reviewbrisbane), Facebook, or below!

In Cinemas NOVEMBER 26

In 1970, the Miss World competition took place in London, hosted by US comedy legend, Bob Hope. At the time, Miss World was the most-watched TV show on the planet with over 100 million viewers. Claiming that beauty competitions demeaned women, the newly formed Women’s Liberation Movement achieved overnight fame by invading the stage and disrupting the live broadcast of the competition. Not only that, when the show resumed, the result caused uproar: the winner was not the Swedish favourite but Miss Grenada, the first black woman to be crowned Miss World. In a matter of hours, a global audience had witnessed the patriarchy driven from the stage and the Western ideal of beauty turned on its head. With an all-star cast including Keira Knightley, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Rhys Ifans and Greg Kinnear. In Cinemas November 26

Thanks to Studiocanal Australia

https://www.misbehaviourmovie.com.au/

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Summerland

Screening as part of the British Film Festival 2020 showing exclusively at Palace Cinemas : 10-29 November

A touching war drama about the endurance of love in trying times, Gemma Arterton stars in Summerland, a tale of compassion and womanhood.

Alice (Gemma Arterton, Vita and Virginia BFF18) is a reclusive writer, resigned to a solitary life on the seaside cliffs of Southern England while World War II rages across the channel. A workaholic who researches the natural explanations for mythical phenomena, Alice’s life is upended one day when she opens her front door and is forced to take in a young London Blitz evacuee named Frank. Despite initially resolving to get rid of the boy, it’s not long before Alice realises that they have more in common in their pasts than she had assumed. Inevitably a bond grows between the pair and Frank rekindles long suppressed feelings of affection in Alice.

Alternating between the 1970s, 1940s and 1920s, andfeaturing Gugu Mbatha-Raw, two times Oscar nominee Sir Tom Courtenay and Penelope Wilton as the older Alice, gorgeously shot Summerland is a sentimental tale from debut director Jessica Swale which delivers an uplifting story about the power of love and friendship.

Thanks to Palace Cinemas and the British Film Festival

https://britishfilmfestival.com.au/

REVIEW:

Nerida

This Directorial debut by Jessica Swale offers the viewer some main takeaways-Very strong acting from lead Gemma Arterton. A real powerhouse of an actor that one can see welcoming an Oscar into her home sometime in the next coming years. Arterton manages to captivate the character Alice smoothly for the entire length of the film not once losing the viewers interest to learn more about what makes her tick. Also, Swale offers a cast of adults and children that work together very well with chemistry and comedic timing. Lucas Bond and Dixie Egerickx have a strong future in film and stage ahead of them for sure! Plus, a production team that makes a visual impact using set designs, scenery and colours to hold the greatest cinephiles attention to even the smallest of details like the red push pins Alice uses on her boards.

The story is one of magic, family, love and loss with possibility threading it all together. Where it missed being a 10 out of 10 for me was the relationship aspect with Gugu Mbatha-Raw for I would have like to have seen her acting abilities a bit heightened instead of simply radiating beauty. At the climax of the film, her acting tended to be a bit rehearsed and the lines flowed without expression yet Arterton surely makes up for anything that might be out of sorts. The cinematography is beautiful. I highly recommend and am just being picky yet I really respect this film and am so glad it was made. An enjoyable movie to escape to, to enjoy the happy endings of storytelling.

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Radioactive

I have 5 double passes to the preview screening of RADIOACTIVE, 6:30pm November 4, at Palace Barracks Cinemas

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1) Tag who you’d like to take along with you, and
2) Let me know: “Who is your favourite scientist?”

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In Cinemas NOVEMBER 5

RADIOACTIVE is a journey through Marie Curie’s (Rosamund Pike) enduring legacies – her passionate relationships, scientific breakthroughs, and the consequences that followed for her and for the world. After meeting fellow scientist Pierre Curie (Sam Riley), the pair go on to marry and change the face of science forever by their discovery of radioactivity. The genius of the Curies’ world-changing discoveries and the ensuing Nobel Prize propels the devoted couple into the international limelight. From renowned producers, WORKING TITLE (DARKEST HOUR) and Shoebox Films (ATONEMENT), and Academy Award® nominated director, Marjane Satrapi, comes a bold, visionary depiction of the transformative effects and ensuing fallout of the Curie’s work and how this shaped the defining moments of the 20th Century. In Cinemas November 5

Thanks to Studiocanal Australia

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The Show Must Go On

I have 1 double in-season pass to THE SHOW MUST GO ON Musical Film Festival screening at Dendy Cinemas Brisbane.

For your chance to win a double pass,
1) Tag who you’d like to take along with you, and
2) Let me know: “What musical film would you love to see as part of the Film Festival at Dendy Brisbane?”

Put your answer on Twitter, Instagram (with the hashtag #TheShowMustGoOn , tagging @reviewbrisbane), Facebook, or on our website!

In Cinemas OCTOBER 29 – DECEMBER 2

SYNOPSIS:

We are so happy to give you the chance to win tickets to the musical film festival The Show Must Go On at Dendy Cinemas Coorparoo! Enjoy some of the amazing musicals from the early 1900s to now, including Chicago, West Side Story, Greaser, All That Jazz, Rocketman, Mamma Mia, and more!

Beginning on the 29th of October, this film festival will display some of the amazing musicals from the early 1900s to now. Tickets can be purchased, and more information can be found via: https://www.dendy.com.au/events/the-show-must-go-on

Thanks to Dendy Cinemas, Brisbane

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Honest Thief

I have 5 double in-season passes to the preview screening of HONEST THIEF!

For your chance to win a double pass,
1) Tag who you’d like to take along with you, and
2) Let me know: “What’s your favourite Liam Neeson film?”

Put your answer on Twitter, Instagram (with the #HonestThiefMovie, tagging @reviewbrisbane), Facebook, or below!

In Cinemas OCTOBER 22

SYNOPSIS:
Tom (Liam Neeson) is a lot of things, but two in particular: an infamous thief and a newfound romantic. His feelings for his new flame Annie (Kate Walsh) have inspired him to right his past wrongs and leave behind his life of crime. Although he has always worked with integrity and precision, exclusively carrying out non-violent bank jobs, he does not want his relationship with Annie to be built upon lies.
He resolves to turn himself in to the FBI and forfeit the money he has stolen in return for a plea deal and a clean slate. When he calls the Boston FBI field office to confess and set a meeting, Agents Baker (Robert Patrick) and Meyers (Jeffrey Donovan) laugh it off as a prank.  They send their subordinates, Agents Nivens (Jai Courtney) and Hall (Anthony Ramos), instead. 

The two younger agents are shocked to discover that Tom is the real deal, and see Tom’s stolen money as their golden ticket to a better life. So begins a cat-and-mouse game where good and bad become tangled, but love always rings true.

Thanks to Rialto Distribution

https://rialtodistribution.com/film/honest-thief/

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Review

Irresistible

In Cinemas OCTOBER 15

SYNOPSIS:
Written and directed by Jon Stewart, Irresistible is a comedy about what happens when a small Wisconsin town becomes the main attraction of our modern-day political circus. When the Democratic National Committee’s top strategist Gary Zimmer (Steve Carell) sees a video of retired Marine colonel Jack Hastings (Chris Cooper) standing up for the rights of his town’s undocumented workers, he believes he has found the key to winning back voters in America’s heartland.

Paying an unscheduled visit to Hastings’ dairy farm in rural Deerlaken, Wisconsin, Gary persuades the largely apolitical retired Marine to run for mayor. Initially, Gary relies on Jack’s very capable daughter, Diana (Mackenzie Davis) and a team of enthusiastic, if inexperienced, volunteers. However, when the Republican National Committee counters him by sending in his brilliant nemesis Faith Brewster (Rose Byrne), Gary is more than primed to up his game. As Gary and Faith square off, what started out as a local race quickly becomes escalates to a national political battle and a hilarious fight for the soul of America.

Thanks to Universal Pictures Australia

REVIEW:

Nerida

Irresistible is a sweet simple movie that manages to cover a complicated topic. It will not blow your mind or imagination – there are no ground breaking performances or killer-jokes, but it’s still enjoyable.

It’s a charming, funny, and entertaining story while bringing in scary facts about the USA election system and placing the blame squarely on both party’s shoulders. If you’re concerned about the movie having a left lean because of John Stewart you shouldn’t be too worried. He is more concerned with pointing out the ridiculousness of the entire election system and how both parties capitalise off of it then “pushing a liberal agenda”. Quite entertaining and educational from the other side of the world.


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The Broken Hearts Gallery

I have 10 double passes to the preview screening of THE BROKEN HEARTS GALLERY, Wednesday 16 September, 6:30pm at Event Cinemas, Indooroopilly.

For your chance to win a double pass,
1) Tag who you’d like to take along with you, and
2) Let me know: “What souvenir have you kept from a previous relationship?”

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In Cinemas SEPTEMBER 17
But see it first at the preview screening

SYNOPSIS:
What if you saved a souvenir from every relationship you’ve ever been in? THE BROKEN HEARTS GALLERY follows the always unique Lucy (Geraldine Viswanathan), a 20-something art gallery assistant living in New York City, who also happens to be an emotional hoarder. After she gets dumped by her latest boyfriend, Lucy is inspired to create The Broken Heart Gallery, a pop-up space for the items love has left behind. Word of the gallery spreads, encouraging a movement and a fresh start for all the romantics out there, including Lucy herself.

Thanks to Sony Pictures Australia

REVIEW:

Nerida

For the most part a fluffy, easy-going romantic comedy, The Broken Hearts Gallery is a really lovely watch from start to finish. With energetic pacing, good humour and a wonderful lead performance from Geraldine Viswanathan, it’s a film to really make you smile, even if it doesn’t necessarily exploit the full dramatic potential of its story.

Even if you are averse to the romantic comedy, or prefer your love stories with a tinge more real-world cynicism, The Broken Hearts Gallery is one of those movies that even the biggest pessimists won’t be able to resist.

A lot of that has to do with the lead performance from Geraldine Viswanathan, who is outstanding in this film. Although she starts off by overplaying the quirky, clumsy type, she soon finds her feet as an ambitious, optimistic and delightfully energetic lead, bringing such a strong sense of joy to the whole film. Without Viswanathan, The Broken Hearts Gallery could have been a rather flat, monotonous romantic comedy, but thanks to her scene-stealing joyful energy, I found myself beaming ear to ear on a number of occasions here.

Of course, the central love story is entirely predictable at every beat, but although that does mean the movie loses a certain emotional effect, its fluffy nature makes it a light-hearted joy to watch throughout.

Where The Broken Hearts Gallery does unfortunately miss the mark, however, is in its focus on the deeper, long-lasting impact of relationships. Beyond the immediate trauma of going through a breakup, the story touches briefly on how people hang onto the memories – physical or not – of their past loves for a long, long time.

It’s a wonderful idea to bring up, and an enjoyably sentimental one too, but the film doesn’t go further and offer up an emotionally captivating portrayal of people who are still so wrapped up in their previous romances. It’s a quirky feature of the movie, but it could have been much more.

Overall, I rather liked The Broken Hearts Gallery. It may be a fluffy, easy-going romantic comedy, but thanks to an enjoyable story, good humour, an optimistic mindset and a dynamite lead performance, it’s an effortlessly enjoyable and gratifying watch.