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Summary: An ‘average’ woman suddenly finds herself being followed by an A.I. who informs her that by watching her he will decide whether he is going to end humanity or not.

Year: 2020

Cinema Release Dates: 17th December 2020 (Australia)11th December 2020 (UK)

VOD Release Dates: 26th November 2020 (USA)

Country: USA

Director: Ben Falcone

Screenwriter: Steve Mallory

Cast: Usman Ally (Sergei), Mac Alsfeld (Fletcher Dobbs), Sarah Baker (Emily), Michael Beach (General Saul Gomez), Patrick Bristow (Digitel Superintelligence (voice)), Tommy Campbell (Army Major Irvine), Bobby Cannavale (George), James Corden (Voice Of Superintelligence/himself), Nigel Crocker (Airman (Birdman) Brayton), William Daniels (KITT (voice)), Ben Falcone (Agent Charles Kuiper), Eduardo Franco (Todd), Ken Griffey Jnr. (himself), Bryan Tyree Henry (Dennis), Damon Jones (Victor), Jay Lay (Jay), Andrew Tinpo Lee (Mr. Peacock), Steve Mallory (Dean), Melissa McCarthy (Carol), John McKissic (Rico), Courtney Patterson (Carla), Jenny Perusich (Helga), Greg Puckett (Sergeant Cross), Sam Richardson (Agent John Donahue), Jean Smart (President Monahan), Karan Soni (Ahmed), Octavia Spencer (Female Superintelligence (voice)), Jessica St. Clair (Leslie), Rachel Ticoton (Director Tyson), Caroline Trahan (Waitress Debbie)

Running Time: 106 mins

Classification: PG (Australia), PG (UK), PG (USA)

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David Griffiths’ Superintelligence Review:

I will always be the first to admit that I am somewhat of a hard marker when it comes to comedy. I love stand-up comedy –  I can watch it for hours – yet when it comes to comedy in cinema a majority of films just don’t do it for me. For some reason most of the comedies watch don’t even get a chuckle out of me… and it is normally because they are trying too hard to get their audience to laugh.

That is why it surprises me when very, very simple comedies like Superintelligence work for me. The plot for this film is so simple it is ridiculous yet somehow the film worked for me, largely due to the fact that it never pushes too hard for a laugh yet somehow made me chuckle once or twice anyway.

Directed by Ben Falcone (Tammy) Superintelligence centres around Carol (Melissa McCarthy – Brides Maids) who since losing her job at Yahoo has done what she has can to help a number of charities. During that time she also broke up with the love of her life, the baseball mad writer George (Bobby Cannavale – Ant-Man), and that is something she deeply regrets. Despite how hard her best friend, the very kind Dennis (Brian Tyree Henry – Widows), pushes her Carol just can’t get her life back together.

Her life is then turned completely upside down though when she is suddenly stalked by an A.I (voiced by James Corden – Trolls) who announces that he is going to watch her to learn about humanity. If he likes what he sees he will spare humanity and if he doesn’t he is more than willing to wipe out the entire planet.

Despite the fact the film is a comedy Steve Mallory’s (Life Of The Party) screenplay does take the audience through a wave of emotions. Yes there are times during this film when you will laugh, but there will also be times when you are close to tears and even on the edge of your seat. While this doesn’t seem like the kind of film that I would normally describe this way – this is a very well-rounded film.

There is a really natural feel to this film and McCarthy is a good enough actress to further enhance that feeling. She doesn’t try to overact or work too hard to get a laugh here. Yes, she does her ‘talk to herself’ stick that seems to follow her into every film but for the most part she plays the well-meaning Carol exceptionally well and the scenes that she shares with Bobby Cannavale are filled with emotion. Given the circumstances that the two characters find themselves in, those are the scenes that will see you reaching for the nearest packet of tissues.

What surprised me the most about this film though was the suspense that was generated throughout the film. By the time you reach the half-way mark of this film you soon start to realise that this is not going to be a film where the ending is easily predictable. In a lot of ways that sense of suspense and emotion that this film created reminded me a lot of the Steve Carrell film Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World, and yes that was another film that I fell in love with.

I guess the best way for me to sum up how I felt about Superintelligence was surprised. I expected absolutely nothing from this film but somehow it ended up giving me a delightful afternoon filled with emotion. You certainly wouldn’t be wasting your time giving this film a viewing.

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Summary: Two friends with very different ideals start a beauty company together. One is more practical while the other wants to earn her fortune and live a lavish lifestyle.

Year: 2020

Australian Cinema Release Date: 23rd January 2020

Thailand Cinema Release Date: TBA

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: United States

Director: Miguel Arteta

Screenwriter: Sam Pitman, Adam Cole-Kelly

Cast: Jaylah Alise (Young Mia), Caroline Arapoglou (Brook), Rose Byrne (Mel Carter), Catherine Carlen (Aunt Margo), Jennifer Coolidge (Sydney), Aaron Dominguez (Justin), Ari Graynor (Angela), Brittany Guess (Ellie), Tiffany Haddish (Mia), Ryan Hansen (Greg), Salma Hayek (Claire Luna), Lisa Kudrow (cameo), Vanessa Merrell (Lux), Veronica Merrell (Zaylee),  Mackenzie Messick (Mackenzie), Donece Monk (herself), Billy Porter (Barrett), Natasha Rothwell (Jill), Melissa Saint-Amand (Jess), Karan Soni (Josh), Jessica St. Clair (Kim), Jimmy O. Yang (Ron), Lana Young (Shay Whittmore)

Running Time: 83 mins

Classification: M (Australia) TBC (Thailand)

 

 

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Enough Said

Summary: A divorced and single parent, Eva (Julia Louis Dreyfus) spends her days enjoying work as a masseuse but dreading her daughter’s impending departure for college. She meets Albert (James Gandolfini in one of his final performances) – a sweet, funny and like-minded man also facing an empty nest. As their romance quickly blossoms, Eva befriends Marianne (Catherine Keener), her new massage client who happens to be Albert’s ex-wife. Suddenly, Eva finds herself doubting her own relationship with Albert as she learns the truth about Marianne’s ex.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 14th November, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: 2nd April, 2014

Country: USA

Director: Nicole Holofcener

Screenwriter: Nicole Holofcener

Cast: Alina Adams (Grace), Philip Brock (Jason), Toni Collette (Sarah), Tracey Fairaway (Ellen), Ben Falcone (Will), James Gandolfini (Albert), Tavi Gevinson (Chloe), Luke Grakal (Brandon), Eve Hewson (Tess), Toby Huss (Peter), Anjelah Johnson-Reyes (Cathy), Catherine Keener (Marianne), Amy Landecker (Debbie), Natasha Sky Lipson (Sage), Lennie Loftin (Martin), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Eva), Kathleen Rose Perkins (Fran), Christopher Niicholas Smith (Hal), Jessica St. Clair (Cynthia), Ivy Stohmaier (Maddy), Michaela Watkins (Hilary), Nick Williams (Chris)

Runtime: 91 mins

Classification:M

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David Griffiths: 

“Enough Said” is guaranteed to have film lovers going to have a look at it. After all, it is the final film for the talented James Gandolfini (“Nicky Deuce,” “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone”), although this is a film that deserves an audience for an entirely different reason. So often romance films hit the cinema and then are quickly criticised for their poor scripts and woeful acting. This isn’t the case for “Enough Said” that overcomes a couple of low patches with some strong acting performances and a script that is guaranteed to engage.

Directed and written by Nicole Holofcener (“I Hate That I Love You,” “Please Give”) “Enough Said” centres around divorced masseuse Eva (Julia Louis-Dreyfus – “Planes,” TV’S “Veep”) who struggles through her mundane job while preparing for the fact that her daughter Tess (Eve Hewson – “Blood Ties,” “This Must Be The Place”) is about to leave home and head to college.

Her life however becomes a little better when she attends a party with her best friend Sarah (Toni Collette – “Lucky Them,” “The Way Way Back”) and firstly meets an exciting new client, a poet named Marianne (Catherine Keener – “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa,” “Captain Phillips”) and then the intriguing Albert (James Gandolfini).

While Albert is not the kind of guy that Eva would date in a million years he fascinates her and despite some warning signs she decides to take a chance for once in her life and start a relationship with him.

A few things will hit you about “Enough Said”, beginning with the sensational script. Holofcener throws everything out the window when it comes to scripts for romantic films. There are a couple of clichés in the third act but aside from that, the script is almost as alternative as last year’s “Take This Waltz.” The film contains so much really natural dialogue which makes the characters endearing and just when it feels like Holofcener has put the film into cruise control the film hits hard with a twist that no one sees coming. It’s a twist that sets up a sensational second half of the film.

The script also throws in a few curveballs along the way. At time it does feel like the screenplay is man-slapping with characters such as Will (Ben Falcone – “Bad Words,” “The Heat”) but that evens out with some of the nasty, bitchy comments that are made about Albert throughout the film, which highlights a rarely explored topic in cinema – that sometimes it can be females that are all about body image.

Holofcener’s screenplay is manipulating in a good way. It draws the audience in and makes you like both Albert and Eva, meaning that real suspense builds around the relationship. The script also allows for the right mix of drama and comedy (yes this a comedy that you will actually laugh at), while it expertly uses its peripheral characters such Will and Chloe (Tavi Gevinson – “Cadaver,” “First Bass”) to full comedic and dramatic effect.

The second big thing that hits you about “Enough Said” are the quality of the acting performances of the cast. James Gandolfini overcomes an awkward opening few minutes and delivers a performance that is heartfelt. He is well supported by Julia Louis-Dreyfus who seems to brush aside the myth that “Seinfeld” actors haven’t had success in movies with a brilliant performance that will hopefully see her appear in more films in the future.

Also good in her smaller role is Toni Collette who does enough to make film lovers forget all about her woeful work on “Mental.” Also really announcing herself in “Enough Said” is young Tavi Gevinson who excels as the lost Chloe and often steals the spotlight away from her more esteemed cast mates.

“Enough Said” is surprisingly good and is a great reminder that there can be some classy well-written and engaging romantic films still made in Hollywood.

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