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Summary: 
Film adaptation of the Tony and Grammy Award-winning musical about Evan Hansen, a high school senior with Social Anxiety disorder and his journey of self-discovery and acceptance following the suicide of a fellow classmate.

Year: 2021

Cinema Release Dates:  9th December 2021 (Australia), 22nd October 2021 (UK), 24th September 2021 (USA)

VOD Release Dates: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Stephen Chbosky

Screenwriter: Steven Levenson

Cast: Amy Adams (Cynthia Murphy), Mariana Alvarez (Mrs. G), Avery Bederman (Isabelle), Shane Berengue (himself), Gerald Caesar (Josh), DeMarius Copes (Oliver), Kaitlyn Dever (Zoe Murphy), Nick Dodani (Jared Kalwani), Hadiya Eshe (Cherise), Tommy Kane (Greg), Liz Kate (Gemma), Marvin Leon (Skye), Zoey Luna (Leila), Julianne Moore (Heide Hansen), Julia Chen Myers (Naomi), Danny Pino (Larry Mora), Ben Platt (Evan Hansen), Isaac Powell (Rhys), Swift Rice (Mr. Howard), Colton Ryan (Connor Murphy), Amandla Stenbeck (Alana Beck)

Running Time: 137 mins

Classification: M (Australia), 12A (UK), Pg-13 (USA)

OUR DEAR EVAN HANSEN REVIEWS

David Griffiths’ Dear Evan Hansen Review:

Often when I talk to people about my passion for musicals they tell me the reason they don’t share that passion is because they find musicals old-fashioned and non-relatable. When they use that excuse to me in the future my response is going to be “have you seen Dear Evan Hansen?”

If you want something modern and relatable then look no further than Dear Evan Hansen. Set in a modern day High School the film follows Evan Hansen (Ben Platt – Pitch Perfect) a student who is battling severe mental illness to the point where he struggles to even talk to other people, let alone trying to make friends and settle into a regular High School routine.

Instead Evan spends most of his days trying to avoid social interactions while watching his crush, Zoe (Kaitlyn Dever – Booksmart) from afar. However things take a big turn when Zoe’s brother, Connor (Colton Ryan – Uncle Frank) commits suicide. His grieving parents, Larry (Danny Pino – Cold Case) and Cynthia (Amy Adams – Arrival), find a letter on his body addressed to Evan, but as they start grilling him for information about their son Evan finds that he is unable to tell them the truth – that the letter was one of his ‘therapy’ letters that he wrote himself that Connor stole from him.

I think the thing that impressed me so much about Dear Evan Hansen is that while it sticks true to its musical roots it has a deep story that takes the audience into an event where it is obvious that there is not going to be a winner. I think many will see that the film is in the musical genre and just assume that it is going to be light and fluffy – that certainly isn’t the case and in no way can this film ever be accused of making light serious subjects such as suicide and mental illness.

Based on a Tony Award-winning stage show Dear Evan Hansen is a film that engrosses its audience in a way that will divide people. From my point of view I could see why Evan chose the path that he chose after the letter was discovered. I knew that it would it was murky path filled with danger for him but I understood it. But I can also see why others watching this film will almost hate Evan for what he does… I mean basically let’s face it he is blatantly lying and catfishing a dead teenager’s family.

Director Stephen Chbosky (The Perks Of Being A Wallflower) and screenwriter Steven Levenson (Fosse/Verdon) don’t try to protect Evan as a character. I’m sure at some point in the production of this film someone would have pointed out that the character and his actions might be viewed is apprehensible and perhaps something should be done to make him a ‘hero.’ That doesn’t happen though and in my view that makes this film so much powerful. To me one of the most powerful things about this film is the fact that as an audience you find yourself watching on being filled with suspense as you just know that the truth is going to be revealed at some time.

Musically the film also works. People have asked me to describe this film to them and I say it is pretty much Glee meets 13 Reasons Why. I thought I may struggle with the idea of people going through some of the darkest days of their lives and breaking out into song, but I didn’t. The songs match the film perfectly and if you stop and listen to the lyrics of tracks like Waving Through A Window and For Forever they only further enhance the emotions and feelings that the various characters are going through. In fact they become a valuable tool for the filmmaker to use to allow characters to reveal their inner thoughts to the audience.

Of course one of the biggest criticisms that has surfaced from people before they have even seen the film is the fact that 28-year-old Ben Platt plays a teenager here. I would be lying at times if it didn’t stand out at times throughout the film. At times it does look like there is a man-child attending a high school but Platt is so good in the role that you soon forget about it. The stars who steal the show here are Kaitlyn Dever and Amy Adams who are brilliant playing characters going through an extremely emotional event. I have said since first seeing Dever in Justfied that she is going to be a star and her performance here just further enhances my views on that. I found Dear Evan Hansen to be a strong and deeply meaningful film that explores some dark issues while taking its audience on an emotional journey. Sure the character of Evan and his action will divide audiences but isn’t that part of what cinema is meant to do – create discussions amongst its audience once the final credits have rolled?

Dear Evan Hansen might not be quite as powerful as Writing On Bathroom Walls but it is still an insightful and realistic look at what it is like for somebody to live with mental illness.

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Trailer:

The breathtaking, generation defining Broadway phenomenon becomes a soaring cinematic event as Tony Award winner Ben Platt reprises his role as an anxious, isolated high schooler aching for understanding and belonging amid the chaos and cruelty of the social media age.

Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Stephen Chbosky (The Perks of Being A WallflowerWonder), the film is written for the screen by the show’s Tony winner Steven Levenson with music and lyrics by the show’s Oscar®, Grammy and Tony-winning songwriting team of Benj Pasek & Justin Paul (La La LandThe Greatest Showman).

Featuring Grammy winning songs, including the iconic anthem “You Will Be Found,” “Waving Through a Window,” “For Forever” and “Words Fail,” Dear Evan Hansen stars six-time Oscar® nominee Amy Adams, Oscar® winner Julianne Moore, Kaitlyn Dever (Booksmart), Amandla Stenberg (The Hate U Give), Colton Ryan (Apple TV+’s Little Voice), Nik Dodani (Netflix’s Atypical), DeMarius Copes (Broadway’s Mean Girls) and Danny Pino (NBC’s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit).

An epic adventure about a headstrong girl longing for a place to belong who discovers a kindred spirit when her life intersects with a wild horse, Spirit Untamed is the next chapter in the beloved story from DreamWorks Animation.

Lucky Prescott (Isabela Merced, Dora and the Lost City of Gold) never really knew her late mother, Milagro Navarro (Eiza González, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw), a fearless horse-riding stunt performer from Miradero, a small town on the edge of the wide-open frontier.

Like her mother, Lucky isn’t exactly a fan of rules and restrictions, which has caused her Aunt Cora (Academy Award® winner Julianne Moore) no small amount of worry. Lucky has grown up in an East Coast city under Cora’s watchful eye, but when Lucky presses her own luck with one too many risky escapades, Cora picks up stakes and moves them both back with Lucky’s father, Jim (Oscar® nominee Jake Gyllenhaal), in Miradero.

Lucky is decidedly unimpressed with the sleepy little town. She has a change of heart when she meets Spirit, a wild Mustang who shares her independent streak, and befriends two local horseback riders, Abigail Stone (Mckenna Grace, Captain Marvel) and Pru Granger (Marsai Martin, Little). Pru’s father, stable owner Al Granger (Emmy winner Andre Braugher, Fox’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine), is the best friend of Lucky’s father.

When a heartless horse wrangler (Emmy nominee Walton Goggins, FX’s Justified) and his team plan to capture Spirit and his herd and auction them off to a life of captivity and hard labor, Lucky enlists her new friends and bravely embarks on the adventure of a lifetime to rescue the horse who has given her freedom and a sense of purpose, and has helped Lucky discover a connection to her mother’s legacy and to her Mexican heritage that she never expected.

Spirit Untamed is the next chapter in DreamWorks Animation’s beloved franchise that began with the 2002 Oscar-nominated film Spirit: Stallion of Cimarron and includes an Emmy-winning TV series. The film is directed by Elaine Bogan (Netflix and DreamWorks Animation Television’s Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia) and is produced by Karen Foster (co-producer, How to Train Your Dragon). The film’s co-director is Ennio Torresan (head of story, The Boss Baby), and the film’s score is by composer Amie Doherty (Amazon’s Undone, DreamWorks Animation’s Marooned).

 

The brand new trailer for The Woman In The Window has just been released. Directed by Joe Wright and starring Amy Adams, Gary Oldman, Anthony Mackie, Wyatt Russell, Brian Tyree Henry, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Julianne Moore the film will be released in Australian cinemas on May 14th, 2020.

In “The Woman in the Window,” an agoraphobic child psychologist befriends a neighbour across the street from her New York City brownstone, only to see her own life turned upside down when the woman disappears and she suspects foul play. A stellar ensemble cast brings Tracy Letts’ screenplay based on the gripping, best-selling novel to life, where shocking secrets are revealed, and no one—and nothing—is what it seems.

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The 2016 Golden Razzie nominations have just been announced. The biggest winners (ah…losers) are Fifty Shades Of Grey (with 6 nominations), Jupiter Ascending (6), Paul Blart Mall Cop 2 (6), Pixels (6) and Fantastic Four (5).

And the nominations are:

 

WORST ACTOR

Johnny Depp (Mordecai)

Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades Of Grey)

Kevin James (Paul Blart Mall Cop 2)

Adam Sandler (The Cobbler + Pixels)

Channing Tatum (Jupiter Ascending)

WORST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Chevy Chase (Hot Tub Time Machine 2 + Vacation)

Josh Gad (Pixels + The Wedding Ringer)

Kevin James (Pixels)

Jason Lee (Alvin & The Chipmunks: Road Chip)

Eddie Redmayne (Jupiter Ascending)

WORST ACTRESS

Katherine Heigl (Home Sweet Hell)

Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades of Grey)

Mila Kunis (Jupiter Ascending)

Jennifer Lopez (The Boy Next Door)

Gwyneth Paltrow (Mortdecai)

WORST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Kayley Cuoco-Sweeting (Alvin & The Chipmunks Road Chip + The Wedding Ringer)

Rooney Mara (Pan)

Michelle Monaghan (Pixels)

Julianne Moore (Seventh Son)

Amanda Seyfried (Love The Coopers + Pan)

WORST DIRECTOR

Andy Fickman (Paul Blart Mall Cop 2)

Tom Six (Human Centipede 3 Final Sequence)

Sam Taylor-Johnson (Fifty Shades of Grey)

Josh Tank (Fantastic Four)

Andy & Lana Wachowski (Jupiter Ascending)

WORST PICTURE

Fantastic Four

Fifty Shades Of Grey

Jupiter Ascending

Paul Blart Mall Cop 2

Pixels

WORST REMAKE, RIP-OFF OR SEQUEL

Alvin & The Chipmunks: Road Chip

Fantastic Four

Hot Tub Time Machine 2

Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence)

Paul Blart Mall Cop 2

WORST SCREEN COMBO

All Four Fantastics (Fantastic Four)

Johnny Depp + His Glued On Mustache (Mortdecai)

Jamie Dornan + Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades of Grey)

Kevin James + His Glued On Mustache + His Segue (Paul Blart Mall Cop 2)

Adam Sandler + Any Pair Of Shoes (The Cobbler)

WORT SCREENPLAY

Fantastic Four

Fifty Shades of Grey

Jupiter Ascending

Paul Blart Mall Cop 2

Pixels

REDEEMER AWARD

Elizabeth Banks (Movie 47 to Pitch Perfect 2)

M. Night Shyamalan (Previous Winner to The Visit)

Will Smith (After Earth to Concussion)

Sylvester Stallone (All Time Razzie Champ to Creed)

The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Logo

This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Adam, Dave, Greg and Nick take a look at new release films ‘Mistress America,’ ‘Freeheld,’ ‘Scouts Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse,’ ‘The Green Inferno,’ ‘Man Up,’ and ‘The Assassin’. This episode also contains interviews with Greta Gerwig, Ellen Page, Julianne Moore, Tye Sheridan, Sarah Dumont, Goran Spoljaric (The Priest), Neil Foley (Monster Fest), Owen Tilbury (BOFA), Nicholas Maksymow (RR Film Festival), Joe Bauer (Australiens) and Rita Artmann (Australiens).

Also  take a listen as the boys launch a brand new giveaway thanks to our friends at Icon Distrubution. Take a listen to see how you could win tickets to see Simon Pegg’s new film Absolutley Anything.

To listen to the show or can download it for free from our Podcast Channel – Listen/Download here.

The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Logo

This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Adam, Dave, Greg and Nick take a look at new release films ‘A Most Violent Year,’ ‘Unfished Business,’ ‘Eastern Boys,’ ‘Focus,’ ‘Lucky Them,’ ‘Seventh Son,’ ‘The Second Best Exotic Motel’ and ‘Project Almanac′ . This episode also contains interviews with Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore, Kit Harrington, Richard Gere, Jonny Weston, Sofia Black-D’Elia and Johan Hegg.

Cult film King Zak Hepburn also stops by to talk about the release of Manborg and Emmanuelle Devanit-Feller chats about the French Film Festival.

To listen to the show you can download it for free from our Podcast Channel – Listen/Dowload here.

Dakota Johnson

We take a look at who were the most popular stars online this week.

 

  1. Dakota Johnson
  2. Margot Robbie
  3. Eddie Redmayne
  4. Jamie Dornan
  5. Emma Stone
  6. Shailene Woodley
  7. Julianne Moore
  8. Rosamund Pike
  9. Miles Teller
  10. Jennifer Lawrence
  11. Patricia Arquette
  12. Chloe Grace Moretz
  13. J.K. Simmons
  14. Leonard Nimoy
  15. Felicity Jones
  16. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
  17. Michael Keaton
  18. Katheryn Winnick
  19. Scarlett Johansson
  20. Bella Thorne
  21. Mae Whitman
  22. Anna Kendrick
  23. Melanie Griffith
  24. Kate Mara
  25. Taron Egerton

Fifty Shades Of Grey

We take a look at the most popular movies and television shows online over the past week.

 

  1. Fifty Shades Of Grey (2015) – Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Jennifer Ehle, Eloise Mumford
  2. Birdman (2014) – Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough
  3. Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) – Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Samual L. Jackson, Michael Caine
  4. Whiplash (2014) – Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist, Paul Reiser
  5. Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015) – Robert Downey Jnr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth
  6. The Walking Dead (2010) – Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernathal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Steven Yuen
  7. The Theory Of Everything (2014) – Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Tom Prior, Sophie Perry
  8. The Oscars (2015) – Neil Patrick Harris, Anna Kendrick, Jack Black, Lupita Nyong’o
  9. Focus (2015) – Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Rodrigo Santoro, Adrian Martinez
  10. The DUFF (2015) – Mae Whitman, Bella Thorne, Robbie Amell, Allison Janney
  11. Games Of Thrones (2011) – Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Maisie Williams
  12. American Sniper (2014) – Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Kyle Gallner, Cole Konis
  13. Boyhood (2014) – Ellar Coltraine, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, Elijah Smith
  14. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) – Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody
  15. The Imitation Game (2014) – Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Allen Leech
  16. Arrow (2012) – Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Susanna Thompson
  17. Big Hero 6 (2014) – Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Jamie Chung, T.J. Miller
  18. Jupiter Ascending (2015) – Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, Eddie Redmayne, Sean Bean
  19. House Of Cards (2013) – Kevin Spacey, Michael Gill, Robin Wright, Kate Mara
  20. Better Call Saul (2015) – Bob Odenkirk, Rhea Seehorn, Patrick Fabian, Jonathan Banks
  21. Batman v Superman (2016) – Ben Affleck, HenryCavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg
  22. Vikings (2013) – Robert MacDomhnail, Travis Fimmel, Clive Standen, Jessalyn Gilsig
  23. Gone Girl (2014) – Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry
  24. Still ALice (2014) – Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth
  25. The Flash (2014) – Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Rick Cosnett

Golden Globe Awards

The 2015 Golden Globes nominations are now in… here they are.

BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA

Boyhood

Selma

The Imitation Game

Foxcatcher

The Theory Of Everything

BEST MOTION PICTURE – MUSICAL OR COMEDY

Birdman

The Grand Budapest Hotel

St. Vincent

Into The Woods

Pride

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA

Steve Carell (Foxcatcher)

Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game)

Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler)

Eddie Redmayne (The Theory Of Everything)

David Oyelowo (Selma)

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA

Jennifer Aniston (Cake)

Julianne Moore (Still Alice)

Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl)

Reese Witherspoon (Wild)

Felicity Jones (The Theory Of Everything)

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – MUSICAL OR COMEDY

Michael Keaton (Birdman)

Ralph Fiennes (The Grand Budapest Hotel)

Christoph Waltz (Big Eyes)

Bill Murray (St. Vincent)

Joaquin Phoenix (Inherent Vice)

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – MUSICAL OR COMEDY

Amy Adams (Big Eyes)

Emily Blunt (Into The Woods)

Julianne Moore (Maps To The Stars)

Helen Mirren (The Hundred Foot Journey)

Quvenzhane Wallis (Annie)

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE

Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher)

Ethan Hawke (Boyhood)

J.K. Simmons (Whiplash)

Robert Duvall (The Judge)

Edward Norton (Birdman)

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE

Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)

Keira Knightley (The Imitation Game)

Emma Stone (Birdman)

Meryl Streep (Into The Woods)

Jessica Chastain (A Most Violent Year)

BEST DIRECTOR – MOTION PICTURE

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Birdman)

Richard Linklater (Boyhood)

Ava DuVernay (Selma)

David Fincher (Gone Girl)

Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel)

BEST SCREENPLAY – MOTION PICTURE

Boyhood

Birdman

Gone Girl

The Imitation Game

The Grand Budapest Hotel

BEST ORIGINAL SONG – MOTION PICTURE

Big Eyes by Lana Del Ray (Big Eyes)

Glory by John Legend & Common (Selma)

Mercy Is by Patty Smith & Lenny Kaye (Noah)

Opportunity by Sia (Annie)

Yellow Flicker Beat by Lorde (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1)

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE – MOTION PICTURE

Alexandre Desplat (The Imitation Game)

Johann Johannsson (The Theory Of Everything)

Trent Reznor (Gone Girl)

Antonio Sanchez (Birdman)

Hans Zimmer (Intersteallar)

BEST ANIMATED FILM

The Book Of Life

The Boxtrolls

Big Hero 6

How To Train Your Dragon 2

The Lego Movie

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Ida

Leviathan

Force Majeure

Gett: The Trial Of Viviane Amsalem

Tangerines

BEST TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA

Downton Abbey

The Good Wife

House Of Cards

Game Of Thrones

The Affair

BEST TELEVISION SERIES – MUSICAL OR COMEDY

Girls

Orange In The New Black

Transparent

Silicon Valley

Jane The Virgin

BEST MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

Olive Kitteridge

True Detective

Fargo

The Missing

The Normal Heart

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA

Kevin Spacey (House Of Cards)

Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan)

James Spader (The Blacklist)

Dominic West (The Affair)

Clive Owen (The Knick)

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA

Robin Wright (House Of Cards)

Julianna Marguiles (The Good Wife)

Viola Davis (How To Get Away With Murder)

Claire Danes (Homeland)

Ruth Wilson (The Affair)

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – MUSICAL OR COMEDY

Lena Dunham (Girls)

Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie)

Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep)

Taylor Schilling (Orange Is The New Black)

Gina Rodriguez (Jane The Virgin)

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – MUSICAL OR COMEDY

Don Cheadle (House Of Lies)

Ricky Gervais (Derek)

Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent)

William H. Macy (Shameless)

Louis C.K. (Louie)

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MINI-SERIES OR A MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

Martin Freeman (Fargo)

Billy Bob Thornton (Fargo)

Matthew McConaughey (True Detective)

Woody Harrelson (True Detective)

Mark Ruffalo (The Normal Heart)

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MINI-SERIES OR A MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

Jessica Lange (American Horror Story)

Maggie Gyllenhaal (The Honourable Woman)

Frances McDormand (Olvie Kitteridge)

Frances O’Connor (The Missing)

Allison Tolman (Fargo)

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MINI-SERIES OR A MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

Jon Voight (Ray Donovan)

Alan Cumming (The Good Wife)

Bill Murray (Olive Kitteridge)

Colin Hanks (Fargo)

Matt Bomer (The Normal Heart)

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MINI-SERIES OR A MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

Allison Janney (Mom)

Uzo Aduba (Orange Is The New Black)

Kathy Bates (American Horror Story)

Michelle Monaghan (True Detective)

Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey)