Sunday Territorian 12 Jun 2016
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SUNDAY JUNE 12 2016 MOVIES FRONTIER 39 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA NOW YOU SEE ME 2 (M) A great sequel to the 2013 sleeper hit that delivers plenty of inexplicable tricks and highspirited high jinks effortlessly and energetically. The crew is back (minus Isla Fisher) and find themselves as living props in a trick conjured by an unseen illusionist. MONEY MONSTER (M) This promises more than it can deliver, despite the presence of Julia Roberts and George Clooney. Clooney plays Lee Gates, host of a gimmick-driven stockmarket TV show; Roberts is his producer. Live on air a gun-wielding man who lost his life savings by following Gatess advice takes him hostage, and wants him to pay. HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE (PG) One of those rare comedic offerings where the audience can sense magic is afoot. Ricky, 13, has had a difficult upbringing and is sent to a remote NZ farm as a last-ditch attempt to keep him out of juvenile detention. There he goes missing, along with a grouchy old coot named Hec. THE NICE GUYS (MA15+) An excellent crime caper set in 1970s LA. This is a nutty yarn about a conspiracy involving the porn industry, corrupt car manufacturers and unjust officers of the law. The subtly precise stylings of Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe are the perfect match for a busy screenplay. X-MEN: APOCALYPSE (M) Possibly the dullest offering in the X-Men series this sees the supreme deity Apocalypse awake from a 5500-year slumber to find a world he is less than pleased with. Queue a battle between him and the anti-Apocalypse crew including Professor X, Magento and Raven/Mystique. WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT (M) A blend of light comedy and intelligent drama, this follows news producer Kay Baker (Tina Fey) as she takes a job no one else wants covering the war in Afghanistan with US troops. An excellent depiction of the bonds that form between those covering and caught up in conflict. BAD NEIGHBOURS 2 (MA15+) One of the better comedy sequels of recent times, this sees Mac and Kelly waiting out a 30day cooling off period on the sale of their house ... which is fine until a female sorority led by a party queen moves in next door. ALSO SHOWING The flicks THE CONJURING 2 is a bit of a familiar exorcise, while TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS fails to totally come out of its shell leigh paatsch movie review THE CONJURING 2 (MA15+) Director: James Wan (Saw) Starring: Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Frances OConnor, Madison Wolfe, Simon McBurney, Franka Potente Rating: **1/2 In the years since the breakout success of 2013s smash-hit spook-fest The Conjuring, no mainstream chiller has come close to captivating and creeping out audiences in the same way. Unfortunately, we can now add the all-tooobligatory sequel The Conjuring 2 to an everlengthening list of so-so entries on the Hollywood horror ledger. Always competent, but rarely compelling, The Conjuring 2 marks the return of Australianborn filmmaker James Wan to his preferred genre. In his time away, Wan confidently steered Fast and Furious 7 towards becoming the sixth highest-grossing film of all-time. Wan certainly didnt tear a leaf from that franchises drivers manual when it came to his latest work, however. Initially, the most disconcerting thing about The Conjuring 2 is just how long it takes to get its paranormally active engines revving at full power. Almost an entire hour is frittered away on working up a few mild, meandering mood swings, most of which involve self-rearranging furniture and self-starting domestic appliances. By that time, all that has been firmly established is that there is a decrepit family home in 1977 England in urgent need of some good old-fashioned ghost-busting by husbandand-wife duo Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga). It has been a good while since the spiritchasing spouses solved their most famous case at Harrisville, Rhode Island (which served as the true story basis for The Conjuring). In that time, the Warrens have scaled back their workload, mainly because Lorraine has been having visions of Ed meeting an unseemly fate on some future job. Nevertheless, when the Catholic Church intercedes and pushes the Warrens towards helping out in England, they reluctantly remount the haunted-house horse. Upon arrival, Ed and Lorraine proceed straight to a ramshackle residence where a shapeshifting spectre (a grouchy old pensioner one minute, Marilyn Manson in a nuns outfit the next) is terrorising a single mum (Frances OConnor) and her four children. What follows in the second hour if you havent already dozed off is a moderately scary collection of jolts and one big, sustained burst of unworldly fury, all well-executed by a director of Wans extensive experience. But the magic and soulful grip of period-era production design that were both such a big part of The Conjuring are notably absent from the sequel. Performances from series regulars and newcomers alike also fall slightly short of the mark, though sluggish scripting (adapted from actual events widely regarded in a far more tenuous light than those that transpired at Amityville) does not give the actors a lot to work with. Things that go bump in the night arent enough to make The Conjuring 2 all that thrilling TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS (M) Director: Dave Green (Earth by Echo) Starring: Megan Fox, Will Arnett, Laura Linney, Noel Fisher, Jeremy Howard, Pete Ploszek, Alan Ritchson Rating: ** The best thing that can be said of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows? It is marginally superior to 2014s tolerably turgid TMNT reboot. The improvement is principally technical: the deployment of high-end specialeffects during action sequences is impressive. But while Out of the Shadows more than holds its own as a visual spectacle, you may be tempted to hold your nose when taking a whiff of what occurs between the fights and stuff. The Turtles themselves? Physically, theyre still in remarkably good shape. Youd think after eating all that pizza beside an open sewer for all those years at least one of them would have contracted hospital-grade gastro by now. Emotionally, however, Leonardo (Pete Ploszek), Donatello (Jeremy Howard), Raphael (Alan Ritchson), and Michelangelo (Noel Fisher) are in need of some healing. In their quieter moments, the Turtles all display the symptoms of a strong case of Its Not Easy Being Green syndrome. Shucks, they just want to hang out above ground, doing the normal things other teenage boys do. Instead, they have to spend their time vanquishing an unfeasible number of villains only to have any hard-earned pats on the shell go to others. In this particular adventure the Turtles spend a lot of time airborne. While this isnt really held to be a specialty of their species, it does trigger one undeniably enjoyable action sequence. This scene kicks off with the Turtles skydiving between planes to conduct a pitched battle with a warthog and rhino, one of whom is operating an artillery tank. The surreal skirmish ends on an even stranger note. If that is the extent of it for highlights, there are far more lowlights, including the prominence given to Megan Fox as the token eye-candy, particularly considering the youngmale demographic being targeted here. Scenes where the camera is literally drooling over the leading lady (such as when she wears a skimpy schoolgirl outfit) are imprinting the wrong image of women on impressionable minds. It aint easy being green FOR UPDATED SESSIONS & TO BUY TICKETS VISIT birch.com.au NO FREE TICKETS FAMILY PASS BOLLYWOOD FILM CINE ASIA FAMILY WEEKEND FLICK CHICKS AT THE FLICKS BRING YOUR BABY Session times are subject to change without notice. Session Times Copyright 2016 - EVENT Cinemas TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOW (PG) 3D SUN - TUE 3.40PM WED 4.35PM 2D SUN - WED 1.25, 6.30, 9.05PM QUEEN OF THE DESERT (M) SUN - WED 3.50PM MONEY MONSTER (M) SUN - TUE 11.20, 1.30, 7.00, 9.15PM WED 11.00, 1.15, 7.00, 9.15PM NOW YOU SEE ME 2 (M) SUN - WED 11.15, 1.55, 6.40, 9.15PM HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE (PG) SUN - WED 11.15, 1.30, 4.30, 6.45PM THE NICE GUYS (MA15+) SUN - TUE 2.00, 4.35, 8.55PM WED 2.00, 3.30, 8.55PM X MEN - APOCALYPSE (M) SUN - WED 11.00, 3.45, 8.45PM ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS (PG) SUN - TUE 11.00, 6.15PM WED 11.00AM CITY TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS (PG) 3D SUN - WED 12.50, 9.30PM 2D SUN - TUE 10.20, 11.50, 2.15, 4.40, 7.05, 8.30PM 2D WED 10.20, 11.40, 2.05, 4.25, 6.45, 8.30PM ME BEFORE YOU (PG) WED 7.00PM NOW YOU SEE ME 2 (M) SUN - WED 10.20, 1.00, 6.30, 9.00PM THE CONJURING 2 (MA15+) SUN 12.40, 3.35, 6.30, 9.20PM MON - WED 12.45, 3.40, 6.30, 9.20PM X MEN - APOCALYPSE (M) SUN/MON 12.15, 3.10, 6.00, 9.15PM TUE 10.20, 12.15, 3.10, 6.00, 9.15PM WED 10.20, 12.30 , 3.30, 6.00, 9.15PM CAPTAIN AMERICA CIVIL WAR (M) SUN - WED 10.00AM HOUSEFULL 3 (M) SUN - WED 3.15PM LOVE ME TOMORROW (CTC) SUN - WED 3.50, 6.30PM THE NICE GUYS (MA15+) SUN 4.35, 7.00, 9.30PM MON 4.30, 7.00, 9.30PM TUE 1.30, 6.45, 9.15PM WED 1.15, 9.15PM ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS (PG) SUN - WED 10.15, 1.00, 3.30, 6.00, 9.00PM ANGRY BIRDS (PG) SUN 10.00, 12.10, 2.25PM MON 10.00, 12.10, 2.20PM TUE 10.00, 4.15PM WED 10.15, 3.45PM JUNGLE BOOK (PG) SUN/MON 10.00AM CASUARINA SEE IT IN
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