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The Interview

We take a look at the most popular movies and TV shows searched for the internet over the past week.

  1. The Interview (2014) – James Franco, Seth Rogen, Randall Park, Lizzy Caplan
  2. Into The Woods (2014) – Anna Kendrick, Meryl Streep, Chris Pine, Emily Blunt
  3. The Hobbit: The Battle Of Five Armies (2014) – Ian McKellan, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Cate Blanchett
  4. Unbroken (2014) – Jack O’Connell, Takamasa Ishihara, Domhnall Gleeson, Garrett Hedlung
  5. Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014) – Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana
  6. Gone Girl (2014) – Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry
  7. American Sniper (2014) – Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Kyle Gallner, Cole Konis
  8. Game Of Thrones (2011) – Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage, Maisie Wiliams, Emilia Clarke
  9. Exodus: Gods & Kings (2014) – Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Ben Kingsley, Sigourney Weaver
  10. Interstellar (2014) – Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Mackenzie Foy
  11. The Imitation Game (2014) – Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Allen Leech
  12. American Horror Story (2011) – Evan Peters, Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Frances Conroy
  13. The Equalizer (2014) – Denzel Washington, Marton Csokas, Chloe Grace Moretz, David Harbour
  14. Cinderella (2015) – Lily James, Helena Bonham Carter, Hayley Atwell, Cate Blanchett
  15. The Walking Dead (2010) – Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Steven Yuen
  16. The Drop (2014) – Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, James Gandolfini, Matthias Schoenaerts
  17. Foxcatcher (2014) – Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Vanessa Redgrave
  18. Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015) – Robert Downey Jnr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth
  19. Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb (2014): Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Own Wilson, Dick Van Dyke
  20. Marco Polo (2014) – Lorenzo Richelmy, Benedict Wong, Joan Chen, Remy Hii
  21. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (2014) – Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson
  22. The Maze Runner (2014) – Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Will Poulter, Thomas Brodie-Sangster
  23. Penny Dreadful (2014) – Josh Harnett, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green, Simon Russell Beale
  24. Arrow (2012) – Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Susanna Thompson
  25. Annie (2014) – Quvenzhane Wallis, Cameron Diaz, Jamie Foxx, Rose Byrne

The Interview

Let’s take a look at the most popular movies and TV shows on the Net this week

  1. The Interview (2014) – James Franco, Seth Rogen, Randall Park, Lizzy Caplan
  2. The Hobbit: The Battle Of Five Armies (2014) – Ian McKellan, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Cate Blanchett
  3. Into The Woods (2014) – Anna Kendrick, Meryl Streep, Chris Pine, Emily Blunt
  4. Unbroken (2014) – Jack O’Connell, Takamasa Ishihara, Domhnall Gleeson, Garrett Hedlund
  5. Gone Girl (2014) – Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry
  6. Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014) – Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana
  7. American Sniper (2014) – Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Kyle Gallner, Cole Konis
  8. Exodus: Gods & Kings (2014) – Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Ben Kingsley, Sigourney Weaver
  9. Annie (2014) – Quvenzhane Wallis, Cameron Diaz, Jamie Foxx, Rose Byrne
  10. American Horror Story (2011) – Evan Peters, Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Frances Conroy
  11. Interstellar (2014) – Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Mackenzie Foy
  12. Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb (2014) – Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Own Wilson, Dick Van Dyke
  13. A Christmas Story (1983) – Peter Billingsley, Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin, Scott Schwartz
  14. Christmas Vacation (1989) – Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Juliette Lewis, Johnny Galecki
  15. Game Of Thrones (2011) – Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage, Maisie Wiliams, Emilia Clarke
  16. Marco Polo (2014) – Lorenzo Richelmy, Benedict Wong, Joan Chen, Remy Hii
  17. The Maze Runner (2014) – Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Will Poulter, Thomas Brodie-Sangster
  18. Homeland (2011) – Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Damian Lewis, Morena Baccarin
  19. Divergent (2014) – Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet, Jai Courtney
  20. Love Actually (2003) – Hugh Grant, Martine McCutcheon, Liam Neeson, Laura Linney
  21. Arrow (2012) – Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Susanna Thompson
  22. The Equalizer (2014) – Denzel Washington, Marton Csokas, Chloe Grace Moretz, David Harbour
  23. The Imitation Game (2014) – Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Allen Leech
  24. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (2014): Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson
  25. P.K. (2014) – Aamir Khan, Anushka Sharma, Sanjay Dutt, Boman Irani

Annie

Summary: In the remake of the classic musical Annie (Quvenzhane Wallis) is a young orphan who lives with Hannigan (Cameron Diaz), a washed-up, alcoholic pop star who now lives off the money she earns for looking after a number of foster children… none of which she particularly likes.

Annie spends most of her time trying to keep out of Hannigan’s way and trying to piece together what happened to her parents who abandoned her at a restaurant years earlier. Things change for her however when a chance encounter occurs between her and wannabe-Mayor, mobile phone tycoon Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx), his assistant Grace (Rose Byrne) and campaign manager Guy (Bobby Cannavale).

Year: 2014

Australian Cinema Release Date: 19th December, 2014

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Will Gluck

Screenwriter: Will Gluck, Aline Brosh McKenna, Thomas Meehan (play), Harold Gray (comic)

Cast: Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Nash), Scarlett Benchley (Fish Goddess), Mike Birbiglia (Social Services Inspector), Brad Bong (Pickle Stevens), Rose Byrne (Grace), Bobby Cannavale (Guy), Zoe Margaret Colletti (Tessie), Cameron Diaz (Hannigan), Eden Duncan-Smith (Isabella), Andrew Fleming (Cleve Sweetzer), Michael J. Fox (himself), Jamie Foxx (Will Stacks), Ray Iannicelli (Waiter at Domani), Mila Kunis (Andrea Alvin), Stephanie Kurtzuba (Mrs. Kovacevic), Ashton Kutcher (Simon Goodspeed), Dorian Missick (Annie’s “Dad”), Jill Nicolini (Ms. Giannetti), Nicolette Pierini (Mia), Taylor Richardson (Red Haired Annie), Rihanna (Moon Goddess), Jessica Sherr (Mary Gillen), Pauline Simkin (Maria), Raushanah Simmons (YaYa L’Occitane), Temple University Diamond Marching Band (themselves), Tracie Thoms (Annie’s “Mom”), Amanda Troya (Pepper), Peter Van Wagner (Harold Gray), Quvenzhane Wallis (Annie), David Zayas (Lou)

Runtime: 118 mins

Classification: PG

 

OUR ANNIE REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

Greg KingYou can check out Greg’s Annie review on www.filmreviews.net.au

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David Griffiths:

The critics seemed to by baying for blood for Annie before the film had even been released. Many were tipping that it was the kind of film that was perfect for a Worst Films Of 2014 list and many even seemed to rejoice in the fact that the cast seemed to be ever revolving door as producer Will Smith tried to put the film together.

Then of course there was disaster for the film’s distributors Sony when Annie turned out to be one of the films that the hackers managed to steal from them and release online weeks before it was due to the cinemas. Yes it really did seem like it was going to be a hard-luck life for Annie, but luckily this has turned out to be a film that comes with a few surprises.

By the time Annie did reach the cinemas early there should have been more than enough warning signs to indicate that Annie might have a few things in its corner. First of all its director Will Gluck has good pedigree being the man responsible for the fairly well received comedies Easy A and Friends With Benefits. Add that to the fact that the cast contained the likes of Jamie Foxx, Rose Byrne and Cameron Diaz and maybe it was time to start re-evaluating things.

Having said all that though Annie is the kind of film though that will divide audiences. Some will instantly dismiss it will others will be able to spot a certain quirkiness that makes Annie it an enjoyable, dumb-but-fun film.

Gluck it seems is the perfect man to be at the helm of Annie as he makes sure the film never takes itself too seriously, something that he sets-up from the get-go with an opening shot of a red haired Annie, showing he is only too aware of the original film. He then manages to keep the fun and games going while at the same time pointing out some very relevant facts such as how many black American students slip through the cracks when it comes to things like reading and writing. Gluck makes sure that the film is just the right amount of over-the-top, he allows Cameron Diaz to really go all out and also allows to Jamie Foxx to center himself in the middle ground between comedy and drama.

Even the early concerns that this was just going to be a rap/hip-hip version of Annie are put to rest with most of the original songs getting just the right amount of R&B flavour to make them new and interesting but not getting to the point where they are unrecognisable from the original. Bringing on board Sia to oversee a lot of the musical side of things was also a fair touch of genius from the people behind the scenes.

The one thing that will hit most people about Annie is how many actors use this film to showcase their many other talents. Rose Byrne has already shown the world she can do more than just drama with her comedic performances in films such as Bridesmaids and Bad Neighbors, here she shows she has another string on her bow by adding singing and dancing to her resume. Likewise Jamie Foxx capitalises on the fact that he already has a successful singing career behind him and manages to make himself a triple threat with music, comedy and drama.

Perhaps the biggest acting surprise in Annie though comes from pint-sized Quvenzhane Wallis who has already wowed audiences with her dramatic performances in Beasts Of The Southern Wild (which she scored an Academy Award nomination for) and 12 Years A Slave. Here Wallis also shows she is a worthy little singer and dancer and she quickly wins you over as she plays the sassy and intelligent Annie.

Annie isn’t exactly going to be the film that you are going to be raving about for years to come but it is fun enough that you won’t exactly be leaving the cinemas complaining about it either. It’s cute and funny, but never gets annoying, while it’s reworking of the story is just modern enough to make it work and create its own identity.

The real plus though are the acting performances. Everyone seems to be having fun and it shows on the screen, especially with Cameron Diaz who seems to love the fact that she is playing a role that completely allows her to lose control. Meanwhile the film even finds time to take a swipe at social issues such as modern politics and how the rich treat the poor making sure the film does have some substance as well. Also watch out for some smart cameos from Michael J. Fox, Sia, Rihanna, Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis.

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Average Subculture Rating (out of 5):  Stars(3)

 

IMDB Rating: Annie (2014) on IMDb

 

Other Subculture Entertainment Annie reviews: For our full Annie review make sure you check out The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #110. You can also read our review on The Book The Film The T-Shirt.

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Joaquin Phoenix (Inherent Vice)

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Jessica Chastain (A Most Violent Year)

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