Film Review: Tully

Directed by Jason Reitman and written by Diablo Cody, Tully follows a mother of two (Charlize Theron) who is about to have her third child. Overwhelmed and desperate, she accepts the offer of a “night nanny” from her wealthy brother (Mark Duplass). Tully (Mackenzie Davis) is sharp, sexy and slickly efficient, looking after the baby while Marlo and her husband (Ron Livingston) sleep. Hesitant to the extravagance at first, Marlo comes to form a unique bond with the Tully, leading her to wonder: where’s the catch?

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Film Review: Dark Places

The second adaptation of a Gillian Flynn novel to make it onto the big screen, the first being the hugely successful Gone Girl which was directed by David Fincher and released last year, Dark Places is a crime mystery based on Flynn’s second novel of the same name, which was originally published in 2009. Dark Places follows Libby Day (Charlize Theron) who, at the age of eight, witnessed the brutal murder of her family in their rural Kansas farmhouse, for which her brother was convicted for at the time. 30 years later, running out of money and with doubts beginning to creep up, Libby agrees to revisit the crime in an attempt to uncover the wrenching truths that led up to that tragic night.

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Book v Film: Dark Places

“I felt hollowed out. My mom’s death was not useful. I felt a shot of rage at her, and then imagined those last bloody moments in the house, when she realised it had gone wrong, when Debby lay dying, and it was all over, her unsterling life. My anger gave way to a strange tenderness, what a mother might feel for her child, and I thought, at least she tried. She tried, on that final day, as hard as anyone could have tried. And I would try to find peace in that.”

The second adaptation of a Gillian Flynn novel to make it onto the big screen, the first being the hugely successful Gone Girl which was directed by David Fincher and released last year, Dark Places is a crime mystery based on Flynn’s second novel of the same name, which was originally published in 2009. Dark Places follows Libby Day (Charlize Theron) who, at the age of eight, witnessed the brutal murder of her family in their rural Kansas farmhouse, for which her brother was convicted for at the time. 30 years later, running out of money and with doubts beginning to creep up, Libby agrees to revisit the crime in an attempt to uncover the wrenching truths that led up to that tragic night.

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Film Review: Mad Max – Fury Road

The fourth film in the Australian dystopian franchise which began in 1979, and once again directed by George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road is the first film in the franchise in 30 years, which sees Tom Hardy replace Mel Gibson as “Mad” Max Rockatansky. Set in a future desert wasteland where gasoline and water are scarce commodities and where humanity is broken, Max joins forces with Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron), who is looking to make it back to her childhood homeland, as they flee from cult leader Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne) and his army in an armoured tanker truck, leading to an explosive road battle.

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Film Review: Prometheus

(Published in Issue 11 of my publication In Retrospect)

Directed by Ridley Scott, Prometheus follows a pair of archaeologists, Dr. Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and Dr. Charlie Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green), who discover a star map to the origins of mankind on Earth. Boarded on a ship called Prometheus that is run by Captain Janek (Idris Elba), android David (Michael Fassbender) and Meredith (Charlize Theron), a team of explorers are lead a journey to the darkest corners of the universe where age-old questions are answered and new horrors force the team to face a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.

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Film Review: Snow White And The Huntsman

(Published in Issue 11 of my publication In Retrospect)

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Directed by Rupert Sanders, Snow White And The Huntsman is the latest in a series of childhood fairytale re-imaginings. Based on the classic Brothers Grimm tale Snow White and The Seven Dwarves, the film follows the story of a Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) who is ordered to find and kill the princess of the realm, Snow White (Kristen Stewart), who has run into the haunted woods after escaping being locked up by the Evil Queen (Charlize Theron), a sorceress whose dark magic has immersed the kingdom into complete despair. The Huntsman, however, finds himself becoming Snow White’s protector, as they meet seven dwarves on their quest through the forest and begin to conspire a plan to defeat the Evil Queen for good.

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Snow White And Even More Posters

(Written for Lost In The Multiplex)

Yes, that’s right. We have even more new posters for Rupert Sander’s upcoming fairy tale re-telling, Snow White And The Huntsman.

Featuring the three characters depicted in the new posters as the film’s lead, Snow White And The Huntsman follows a Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) who is ordered to take Snow White (Kristen Stewart) into the woods to kill her, but who winds up becoming her protector in a quest to defeat the Evil Queen (Charlize Theron).

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Snow White And The International Poster

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A new international poster for Rupert SandersSnow White And The Huntsman has been released this week.

Adding itself to the top of the already highly piled-up collection of promotional releases, it’s likely that you’ve already been impressed from the number of trailers and new images for this film recently, so you’ve probably made up your mind on this epic and dark twist on the classic fairytale. The new poster, however, is pretty decent and will only further flourish your expectations.

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Film Review: Young Adult

(Published in Issue 7 of my publication In Retrospect)

From the duo that created Juno, directed by Jason Reitman and based on a screenplay written by Diablo Cody, Young Adult is a dark comedy that followers teen literature author Mavis Gary (Charlize Theron) who hasn’t quite gotten over high school. After a recent divorce and on deadline with her editor to finish the last book of her soon-to-be-cancelled series, Mavis returns to her hometown after receiving a photograph of her ex-high school boyfriend Buddy’s (Patrick Wilson) new baby, thinking it to be a sign that the two are meant to be together. Despite Buddy’s new family with his wife Beth (Elizabeth Reaser), Mavis is determined to rekindle their romance, but her drinking sessions with fellow high school classmate Matt (Patton Oswalt) don’t bring out her best side, as it becomes obvious that Mavis still has a few lessons to learn in life.

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