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This Is Where I Leave You

Summary: A Jewish family that isn’t used to observing their faith’s traditions is forced to fulfill their father’s final wish and sit Shivah together and confront their problems.

Year: 2014

Australian Cinema Release Date: 23rd October, 2014

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Shawn Levy

Screenwriter: Jonathan Tropper

Cast: Michael Barra (Ollie), Jason Bateman (Judd Altman), Barbara Bleier (Trish), Connie Britton (Tracy Sullivan), Carly Brooke (Chelsea), Rose Byrne (Penny Moore), Cantor Mia Fram Davidson (Cantor), Adam Driver (Phillip Altman), Oakes Fegley (Young Judd), Tina Fey (Wendy Altman), Jane Fonda (Hillary Altman), Michael Bryan French (Dr. Rausch), Kathryn Hahn (Annie Altman), Cade Lappin (Cole), Aaron Lazar (Barry Weissman), Beth Leavel (Renee), Debra Monk (Linda Callen), Olivia Oguma (Shelby), Timothy Olyphant (Hory Callen), Lance Roberts (Calvin), Ben Schwartz (Rabbi Charles Grodner (Boner)), Carolyn Seiff (Mrs. Applebaum), Dax Shepard (Wade Beaufort), Abigail Spencer (Quinn Altman), Cheryl Stern (Lois), Corey Stoll (Paul Altman), Will Swenson (Younger Mort), Gerry Vichi (Uncle Joe)

Runtime: 103 mins

Classification: M

 

OUR THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

Greg King: You can check out Greg’s This Is Where I Leave You review on www.filmreviews.net.au

Stars(2.5)

 

David Griffiths:

Jason Bateman has been a bit of a comedic golden path just recently. It seems every comedy film that he has touched has turned to box office gold with the likes of Due Date and Horrible Bosses leading the way. But you can only wonder whether he has gone skidding of that path badly with This Is Where I Leave You a film that manages to pack together a stellar ensemble cast… but forgets that a film just can’t work if you overcrowd it with so many characters that people can’t keep track of who is who.

Based on the hit novel by Jonathan Tropper (who also pens the screenplay here) This Is Where I Leave You sees one of life’s losers Judd Altman’s (Jason Bateman) life take a turn for a new low, when he comes home from work to find his wife in bed with his egotistical boss, Wade (Dax Shepard).

Then life delivers another blow to Judd when he learns that his father has died. While at the funeral Judd and his siblings learn from their mother, Hillary (Jane Fonda) that their father’s dying wish was that they all turn back to their Jewish roots and return home to their mother for a week. So soon Judd, Wendy (Tina Fey), Phillip (Adam Driver) and Paul (Corey Stoll) are all back under the roof and digging up painful memories from the past that puts them all on edge. Judd is also faced with the new dilemma of does he finally decide to take a risk in his life and turn his back on his cheating wife and take a chance with his friend from High School Penny Moore (Rose Byrne).

On paper This Is Where I Leave You should be a brilliant film. The all star comedic cast should suggest that this film should glitter with comedy gold while the fact that it is based on a hit novel means the film should have a ready made audience. But perhaps the biggest problem here is that the novel has been adapted for the screen by the same man who penned the novel in the first place, a practice that never really works because an author treats his novel like a baby and never wants to cut a thing out of it. As a result This Is Where I Leave You is a film that has just too many characters and is packed absolutely full of subplots.

The result is an over-long film that loses its audience at times with scenes that don’t need to be there and flat spots that end up overshadowing the good comedic moments such as the boys smoking a joint in the synagogue causing mayhem to ensue. Then there are also the comedy moments that do nothing else but make you groan like Wade’s car being overturned by a bunch of steroid abusing idiots.

The other major problem with having so many characters piled into the film is that it means that no actor really ever gets a chance to shine. Jason Bateman just seems to breeze through this film with no effort whatsoever while people such as Rose Byrne and Connie Britton are completely wasted in roles that could have really been filled by nobodies.

Likewise the comedic skills of Jane Fonda and Tina Fey are completely stunted as the weak script rarely gives them a chance to impress or even get a chuckle out of their audience. Even Timothy Olyphant and Dax Shepard are in stunted roles while Adam Driver manages to buck the trend a little by bringing some skills to the table as he portrays the juvenile yet unhappy playboy, Phillip.

This Is Where I Leave You should have been an interesting comedic drama that explored the world of a family in turmoil. With the cast assembled it should have been a beautifully delivered character drama but all because of one weak script it ends up becoming a bit of a mess. The over indulgence of characters means that nobody ever gets a chance to shine while too many opportunities for a good laugh fall by the wayside. Sadly This Is Where I Leave You will be jotted down as one of the disappointments of 2014.

Stars(3)

 

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

 

IMDB Rating: This Is Where I Leave You (2014) on IMDb

 

Other Subculture Entertainment Reviews of ‘This Is Where I Leave You′: For our full This Is Where I Leave You review please check The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #102 . You can also check Dave’s This Is Where I Leave You review on The Book The Film The T-Shirt.

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The Walk Still

Principal photography has wrapped on the inaugural film from Tom Rothman’s TriStar Productions, now officially titled The Walk.  Directed by Robert Zemeckis, the film is a true story based on Philippe Petit’s book “To Reach the Clouds,” starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the young dreamer who dared the impossible: an illegal wire walk between the World Trade Center towers.  Zemeckis wrote the screenplay with Christopher Browne. Producers are Steve Starkey, Robert Zemeckis, and Jack Rapke.  The film will be released in Australian cinemas on October 8, 2015 (October 2 in the USA).

 Today is the 40th anniversary of the astounding event, now being brought back to vivid life in the third act climax of the film.

 Twelve people have walked on the moon, but only one man has ever, or will ever, walk in the immense void between the World Trade Center towers.  Guided by his real-life mentor, Papa Rudy (Ben Kingsley), and aided by an unlikely band of international recruits, Petit and his gang overcome long odds, betrayals, dissension and countless close calls to conceive and execute their mad plan.  Robert Zemeckis, the director of such marvels as Forrest Gump, Cast Away, Back to the Future, Polar Express and Flight, again uses cutting edge technology in the service of an emotional, character-driven story.  With innovative photorealistic techniques and IMAX 3D wizardry, The Walk is true big-screen cinema, a chance for moviegoers to viscerally experience the feeling of reaching the clouds. The film is a love letter to Paris and New York City in the 1970s, but most of all, to the Towers of the World Trade Center.

 Also starring in the film are James Badge Dale, Ben Schwartz, Charlotte Le Bon, Clément Sibony and César Domboy.

 The production’s creative team includes director of photography Dariusz Wolski, production designer Naomi Shohan, editor Jeremiah O’Driscoll, and costume designer Suttirat Larlarb. The composer is Alan Silvestri.

 Moviegoers can follow the film on the official movie site at www.thewalkmovie.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheWalkMovie or on Twitter @TheWalkMovie

Runner Runner

Summary: A businessman who owns an offshore gambling operation finds his relationship with his protege reaching a boiling point.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 26th September, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Brad Furman

Screenwriter: Brian Koppelman, David Levien

Cast: Ben Affleck (Ivan Block), Gemma Arterton (Rebecca Shafran), Jordan Beder (Paul Arnaud), Oliver Cooper (Andrew Cronin), Randall M. Corsi (Robe), David Costabile (Professor Horstein), Michael Esper (Billy ‘Pet’ Petricoff), Christina George (Wilson), Bob Gunton (Dean Alex Monroe), John Heard (Harry Furst), Jeannine Kaspar (Ashley), Vincent Laresca (Sergeant Barrancas), Louis Lombardi (Archie), Anthony Mackie (Agent Shavers), Christopher McLinden (Lico), James Molina (Esteban), Clifford Myatt (Towel), Dayo Okeniyi (Lionel), Sam Palladio (Shecky), Mekaila Ray (Jane), Ben Schwartz (Craig), Justin Timberlake (Richie Furst), Sam Upton (Agent Poole), Yul Vazquez (Delegate Herrera), Steven Weisz (Doorman John)

Runtime: 91 mins

Classification:MA15+

OUR REVIEWS/RATINGS OF ‘RUNNER RUNNER’:

David Griffiths: Stars(2.5)

Please check Dave’s review of ‘Runner Runner’ that is available on The Helium Entertainment Channel

Adam Ross: Stars(3)

Average Subculture Rating (out of 5): Stars(2.5)

IMDB Rating:  Runner Runner (2013) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Runner Runner′: Please check The Good The Bad The Ugly Ep 51 for a more in depth review of ‘Runner Runner’.

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Turbo

Summary: A freak accident might just help an everyday garden snail achieve his biggest dream: winning the Indy 500.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 19th September, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: David Soren

Screenwriter: Darren Lemke, Robert D. Siegel, David Soren

Cast: Michael Patrick Bell (White Shadow (voice)), Aaron Berger (Danny (voice)), Paul Dooley (The Foreman (voice)), Paul Giamatti (Chet (voice)), Luis Guzman (Angelo (voice)), Bill Hader (Guy Gagne (voice)), Samuel L. Jackson (Whiplash (voice)), Richard Jenkins (Bobby (voice)),  Ken Jeong (Kim Ly (voice)), Michael Pena (Tito (voice)), Will Power (Australian Anchor (voice)), Ryan Reynolds (Turbo (voice)), Michelle Rodriguez (Paz (voice)), Maya Rudolph (Burn (voice)), Ben Schwartz (Skidmark (voice)), Snoop Dogg (Smoove Move (voice)),

Runtime: 96 mins

Classification:G

OUR REVIEWS/RATINGS OF ‘TURBO’:

David Griffiths: Stars(3.5)

Please check Dave’s review of ‘Turbo’ that is available on The Helium Entertainment Channel

Greg King: Stars(3)

Please check Greg’s review of ‘Turbo’ that is available on www.filmreviews.net.au

Nick Gardener: Stars(3)

Please check Nick’s review of ‘Turbo’ that is available on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Episode 50

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

IMDB Rating:  Turbo (2013) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Turbo′: Please check The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Episode 50 for our more in-depth review of ‘Turbo’.

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