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Summary: 
In a world where supervillains are commonplace, two estranged childhood best friends reunite after one devises a treatment that gives them powers to protect their city.

Year: 2021

Cinema Release Dates: NA

VOD Release Dates: 9th April 2021 (Australia), 9th April 2021 (Thailand), 9th April 2021 (UK), 9th April 2021 (USA)

Country: USA

Director: Ben Falcone

Screenwriter: Ben Falcone

Cast: Marc Alsfeld (Marty), Sarah Baker (Sarah (Security Guard)), Jason Bateman (The Crab), Bobby Cannavale (The King), Shawn Ray Cartel (Officer Connors), Jackson Dippel (Young Wayne), Kevin Dunn (Frank), Ben Falcone (Kenny), Georgette Falcone (Evelyn), Vivian Falcone (Young Lydia), Isaac Hughes (Tony (Boxing Instructor)), Brendan Jennings (Clyde), Mia Kaplan (Teen Lydia), Pom Klementieff (Laser), Trevor Larcom (Young Clyde), Melissa Leo (Allie), Tai Leshaun (Teen Emily), Marcella Lowery (Grandma Norma), Steve Mallory (Mr. Emerson), Melissa McCarthy (Lydia Berman), Taylor Mosby (Tracy), Melissa Ponzio (Rachel Gonzales), Bria Danielle Singleton (Young Emily), Octavia Spencer (Emily Stanton), David Storrs (Andrew – Robber 2), Tyrel Jackson Williams (Jessie)

Running Time: 106 mins

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

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David Griffiths’ Thunder Force Review:

With cinemas currently closed in Phuket luckily film fans can turn to streaming services for some entertainment. Once again worldwide we have seen Netflix get the jump on cinema chains due to the pandemic and they are proudly showing the brand new Melissa McCarthy (Brides Maids) film Thunder Force.

Written and directed by McCarthy’s real-life husband Ben Falcone (Superintelligence) Thunder Force sees her play Lydia – a dock worker who has always regretted the argument that ended her friendship with her former friend in high school Emily Stanton (Octavia Spencer – The Help). The fight itself was over Emily never wanting to have fun – instead she wanted to spend all her time studying so that she could one day develop a way to destroy the mutants that plague society and killed her parents.

In the present day Emily is now the owner of one of the biggest scientific firms in the world and the world is still plagued by these mutants which include the deadly Laser (Pom Klementieff – Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2) and the just plain strange The Crab (Jason Bateman – Juno). Determined to make things right between them again Lydia reaches out to Emily on the night of their High School reunion and the disastrous result sees the pair become super-heroes.

Now the world finally has a duo that can stand up to the mutants but that also suddenly sees the new-found heroes thrust into the middle of a political election that sees the larger than life celebrity know as The King (Bobby Cannavale – Superintelligence) take on the mild-mannered and serious Rachel Gonzalez (Melissa Ponzio – The Walking Dead).

For fans of super-hero movies there was no way that Thunder Force was ever going to stack up against anything that Marvel or DC could ever deliver but for fans of comedy – well you might be in for a little bit of a surprising treat.

To Ben Falcone’s credit he doesn’t try to make Thunder Force anything it isn’t. From the get go he would have wanted this film to be mentioned alongside films like Galaxy Quest. While Thunder Force is not exactly a parody of a Marvel film it is the next best thing. It is loud and it is dumb, but at the end day it does what it is designed to do – and that is makes its audience laugh.

The key to whether or not you not you enjoy this film all comes down whether or not you normally like the comedy styling of Melissa McCarthy. McCarthy doesn’t do anything different here to what she has been doing for the last decade in cinema. Once again she plays a character who sees herself as a ‘loser’. There are jokes about her looks, joke about her weight, lots of slap-stick comedy and once again her character has to do things she never ever thought she was capable of. Yep, if you’ve seen a majority of McCarthy’s films you’ll know exactly what to expect. But hey, if what she does works, why should she change it?

Aside from McCarthy the rest of the actors and actresses here also seem to have a hell of a lot of fun. Bobby Cannavale seems to be his element playing an over-the-top rogue while Octavia Spencer seems to relish one of the lighter roles of her career. Then there is Jason Bateman who once again re-creates the comedy magic that he had with McCarthy in Identity Thief.

Thunder Force is your typical Melissa McCarthy shtick. You are either going to watch it and laugh along or you’ll be wondering why on earth everybody around is laughing at a film that you find unfunny.

Dave’s rating Out Of 5

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You can read our Thunder Force review for The Phuket News right here – https://www.thephuketnews.com/melissa-mccarthy-true-to-formula-in-thunder-force-79851.php

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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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This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Dave, Greg and Nick take a look at new release films ‘The Boss,’ ‘Wide Open Sky,’ ‘The Jungle Book,’ ‘Rams,’ ‘Where To Invade Next,’ ‘The Hunstman: Winter’s War,’ and ‘The Divergent Series: Allegiant’. This episode also contains interviews with Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Bell, Scarlett Johansson, Neel Sethi , Idris Elba, Emily Blunt, Charlize Theron, Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Miles Teller, Lisa Nicol, Mark Coles Smith (Airlock), Paul Ireland (Pawno), Genevieve Kelly (Spanish Film Festival) and Richard Lowenstein/Lynn-Maree Milburn (Ecco Homo).

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Terminator Genisys

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

 

  1. Terminator Genisys (2015) – Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney
  2. Magic Mike XXL (2015) – Channing Tatum, Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer, Adam Rodriguez
  3. Minions (2015) – Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton, Pierre Coffin
  4. Jurassic World (2015) – Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Judy Greer
  5. True Detective (2014) – Vince Vaughn, Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams, Taylor Kitsch
  6. Orange Is The New Black (2013) – Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning, Emma Myles
  7. Inside Out (2015) – Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling
  8. Ant-Man (2015) – Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Corey Stoll, Evangeline Lilly
  9. Game Of Thrones (2011) – Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Lena Headey
  10. Batman vs Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016) – Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg
  11. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 (2015) – Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson
  12. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) – Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz
  13. Ted 2 (2015) – Mark wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane, Amanda Seyfried, Jessica Barth
  14. Mr. Robot (2015) – Rami Malek, Carly Chaikin, Portia Doubleday, Martin Wallstrom
  15. The Gallows (2015) – Reese Mishley, Pfeifer Brown, Ryan Shoos, Cassidy Gifford
  16. Spy (2015) – Melissa McCarthy, Rose Byrne, Jude Law, Jason Statham
  17. Goosebumps (2015) – Odeya Rush, Dylan Minnette, Halston Sage, Jack Black
  18. From Dusk Til Dawn (2014) – D.J. Cotrona, Zane Holtz, Jesse Garcia, Eiza Gonzalez
  19. Snowden (2015) – Shailene Woodley, Scott Eastwood, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Nicolas Cage
  20. Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) – Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Caine
  21. Sense8 (2015) – Aml Ameen, Doona Bae, Jamie Clayton, Tina Desai
  22. The Longest Ride (2015) – Scott Eastwood, Britt Robertson, Alan Alda, Jack Huston
  23. Stars Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015) – Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver
  24. Insurgent (2015) – Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Theo James, Kate Winslet
  25. Pretty Little Liars (2010) – Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale, Shay Mitchell

Terminator Genisys

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

 

  1. Terminator Genisys (2015) – Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney
  2. Magic Mike XXL (2015) – Channing Tatum, Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer, Adam Rodriguez
  3. Jurassic World (2015) – Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Judy Greer
  4. Orange is The New Black (2013) – Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning, Emma Myles
  5. Inside Out (2015) – Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling
  6. True Detective (2014) – Matthew McConaughey, Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson, Rachel McAdams
  7. Ted 2 (2015) – Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane, Amanda Seyfried, Jessica Barth
  8. Games Of Thrones (2011) – Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Kit Harrington
  9. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) – Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz
  10. Minions (2015) – Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton, Pierre Coffin
  11. Mr. Robot (2015) – Rami Malek, Carly Chaikin, Portia Doubleday, Martin Wallstrom
  12. Scream (2015) – Willa Fitzgerald, Bex Taylor-Klaus, John Karma, Amadeus Serafini
  13. Ant-Man (2015) – Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Corey Stoll, Evangeline Lilly
  14. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) – Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg
  15. Legend (2015) – Tom Hardy, Emily Browning, Taron Egerton, Colin Morgan
  16. Sense8 (2015) – Aml Ameen, Doona Be, Jamie Clayton, Tina Desai
  17. Teen Wolf (2011) – Tyler Posey, Dylan O’Brien, Holland Roden, Tyler Hoechlin
  18. The Longest Ride (2015) – Scott Eastwood, Britt Robertson, Alan Alda, Jack Huston
  19. Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) – Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Caine
  20. Spy (2015) – Melissa McCarthy, Rose Byrne, Jude Law, Jason Staham
  21. London Has Fallen (2016) – Gerard Butler, Charlotte Riley, Morgan Freeman, Melissa Leo
  22. Creed (2015) – Sylvester Stallone, Michael B. Jordon, Tessa Thompson, Graham McTavish
  23. Max (2015) – Thomas Haden Church, Josh Wiggins, Luke Kleintank, Lauren Graham
  24. Jurassic Park (1993) – Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough
  25. Pretty Little Liars (2010) – Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale, Laura Leighton

Jurassic World

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

 

  1. Jurassic World (2015) – Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Judy Greer
  2. Organge Is The New Black (2013) – Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning, Emma Myles
  3. Inside Out (2015) – Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling
  4. True Detective (2014) – Matthew McConaughey, Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson, Rachel McAdams
  5. Game Of Thrones (2011) – Peter Dinklade, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Kit Harrington
  6. Terminator Genisys (2015) – Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney
  7. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) – Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz
  8. Ted 2 (2015) – Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane, Amanda Seyfried, Jessica Barth
  9. Sense8 (2015) – Aml Ameen, Doona Bae, Jamie Clayton, Tina Desai
  10. Sicario (2015) – Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro, Jon Bernthal, Josh Brolin
  11. Jurassic Park (1993) – Sam Neil, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough
  12. Mr. Robot (2015) – Raimi Malek, Michael Gill, Carly Chaikin, Portia Doubleday
  13. Spy (2015) – Melissa McCarthy, Rose Byrne, Jude Law, Jason Statham
  14. Magic Mike XXL (2015) – Channing Tatum, Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer, Adam Rodriguez
  15. Minions (2015) – Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton, Pierre Coffin
  16. Dope (2015) – Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori, Kiersey Clemons, Kimberly Elise
  17. Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) – Colin Firth, taron Egerton, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Caine
  18. Gone Girl (2014) – Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry
  19. Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015) – Dermot Mulroney, Stefanie Scott, Angus Sampson, Leigh Whannell
  20. San Andreas (2015) – Dwayne Johnston, Carla Gugino, Alexandra Daddario, Colton Haynes
  21. A Deadly Adoption (2015) – Will Ferrell, Kristne Wiig, Jessica Lowndes, Debra Christofferson
  22. Ballers (2015) – Jazmyn Simon, Dwayne Johnson, John David Washington, Omar Benson Miller
  23. Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015) – Robert Downey Jnr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth
  24. Cinderella (2015) – Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden, Helena Bonham Carter
  25. Hannibal (2013) – Caroline Dhavernas, Laurence Fishburne, Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen

Khaleesi game Of Thrones

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

  1. Game Of Thrones (2011) – Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington
  2. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) – Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hault, Zoe Kravitz
  3. San Andreas (2015) – Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino, Alexandra Daddario, Colton Haynes
  4. Jurassic World (2015) – Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Judy Greer
  5. Entourage (2015) – Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Jerry Ferrara, Kevin Dillon
  6. Spy (2015) – Melissa McCarthy, Rose Byrne, Jude Law, Jason Statham
  7. Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) – Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Brittany Snow
  8. Tomorrowland (2015) – George Clooney, Britt Robertson, Hugh Laurie, Raffey Cassidy
  9. Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015) – Robert Downey Jnr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth
  10. Aloha (2015) – Bradley Cooper, Rachel McAdams, Emma Stone, Alec Baldwin
  11. Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015) – Dermot Mulroney, Stefanie Scott, Angus Sampson, Leigh Whannell
  12. Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) – Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Caine
  13. Ex Machina (2015) – Alicia Vikander, Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, Sonoya Mizuno
  14. True Detective (2014) – Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Monaghan, Michael Potts
  15. Aquarius (2015) – David Duchovny, Grey Damon, Gethin Anthony, Emma Dumont
  16. Survivor (2015) – Paddy Wallace, Parker Sawyers, Bashar Rahal, Royce Patterson
  17. Wayward Pines (2015) – Matt Dillon, Carla Gugino, Toby Jones, Shannyn Sossamon
  18. Hannibal (2013) – Caroline Dhavernas, Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Laurence Fishburne
  19. Outlander (2014) – Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies, Duncan Lacroix
  20. Descendants (2015) – Dove Cameron, Kristin Chenoweth, Booboo Stewart, Keegan Coonor Tracy
  21. It Follows (2014) – Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Olivia Luccardi, Lili Sepe
  22. Chappie (2015) – Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel, High Jackman, Sigourney Weaver
  23. American Ultra (2015) – Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg, Connie Britton, Walton Goggins
  24. Sense8 (2015) – Miguel Angel Silvestre, Doona Bae, Jamie Clayton, Tina Desai
  25. Juarssic Park (1993) – Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

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This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Adam, Greg and Nick take a look at new release films ‘Woman In Gold,’ ‘Wild Tales’ and ‘Spy′ . This episode also contains interviews with Melissa McCarthy, Rose Byrne, Jason Statham, Arpad Solter (about the German Film Festival) and Paul Harris (St Kilda Film Fesitval).

The boys also take a look at a few of the films screening at this year’s German Film Festival.

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St. Vincent

Summary: When Maggie (Melissa McCarthy) is forced to move house with her son Oliver (Jaeden Lieberher) due to a divorce she doesn’t count on the fact that her new next door neighbour is going to be someone that she will never forget.

On the outside Vincent (Bill Murray) is a grump who has let his house go to ruin, wastes all of his money at the track (which is just one of his many vices), never has a kind word to say to anyone and is usually in the company of his ‘good friend and companion’ stripper-turned-prostitute Daka (Naomi Watts). But when Oliver one day returns home from school after bullies have stolen his key and turns to Vincent for help Maggie finds herself hiring the ‘neighbour from hell’ as her babysitter, something that can only lead to trouble or so it seems.

Year: 2014

Australian Cinema Release Date: TBA

Australian DVD Release Date: 19th December, 2014

Country: USA

Director: Theodore Melfi

Screenwriter: Theodore Melfi

Cast: Scott Adsit (David), Dario Barosso (Ocinski), Reg E. Cathey (Gus), Amber Clayton (Amber), Nate Corddry (Terry), Sade Demorcy (Keesha), Ann Dowd (Shirley), Emma Fisher (Bridgette), Niles Fitch (Brooklyn), Alexandra Fong (Rachele), Terrence Howard (Zucko), David Iacono (Jeremiah), Ray Iannicelli (Roger), Jaeden Lieberher (Oliver), Melissa McCarthy (Maggie), Ron McLarty (Principal O’Brien), Donna Mitchell (Sandy), Bill Murray (Vincent), Deirdre O’Connell (Linda), James Andrew O’Connor (Antwan), Chris O’Dowd (Brother Geraghty), Kimberly Quinn (Nurse Ana), Maria Elena Ramirez (Amelda), Lenny Venito (Coach Mitchell), Naomi Watts (Daka), Brenda Wehle (Judge Reynolds)

Runtime: 102 mins

Classification: M

 

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

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Nick GardenerYou can check out Nick’s St. Vincent review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #110

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Over recent years acting legend Bill Murray has become an actor who really knows how to pick a decent script. Sure he will always be remembered for cult classics like Groundhog Day or Ghostbusters but back then Murray also delivered up a dog of a film quite regularly. Flash forward to recent years when Murray has taken chances on films such as The Darjeeling Limited, Get Low, Zombieland and Moonrise Kingdom and they have resulted in him appearing in some of the top films of the years they were released. Well it seems that Murray’s knack of picking the right script has worked again with a role in new comedy St. Vincent.

There haven’t been many comedy highs over the last year or so, and to be honest Melissa McCarthy has sadly been involved in some of the worst of those but St. Vincent is the one comedy that should remind people that every now and then America still knows how to hit an audience right on a funny bone. Add that to the fact that this film also delivers some thought pondering drama and it is easy to see why St. Vincent should be considered one of the films of the year.

The most surprising thing about St. Vincent is that it comes from a relative newcomer to the directing/screenwriting game. Aside from short films the only time that Theodore Melfi has ventured into feature film territory was to deliver the very average Rachel Hunter led Winding Roads back in 1999. Just one viewing of St. Vincent will quickly tell you that the fact that Melfi has delivered a film in the fifteen years since is an absolute crime because this is a gem.

Melfi’s screenplay is clearly one of the best of the year as it makes a completely unlikable character literally a saint. A brief look at Vincent and you would think that he has all the merits to make him a ‘bad guy’ in a film like this. A foul-mouthed and dirty living old man who is prepared to sue a single, struggling, divorced mother over a small amount of damage to a car and a fence is not the kind of character an audience will normally warm to, but such is the power of Melfi’s script that soon you find yourself laughing out loud at Vincent’s crassness and even ‘barracking’ for him as he tries to outrun the loan shark who is desperate to get his money and break some knees. The fact that Melfi has the sense to use his screenplay to give Vincent real characterisation and not just make him a one dimensional character also goes a long way to making this film work.

Supported by such a well written screenplay it is hardly surprising that the cast also comes to the fore in St. Vincent. Melissa McCarthy puts outside some recent poor performances to put in a credible performance in a role where she isn’t called upon to deliver a laugh a minute. Murray is at his exceptional best mixing comedy and drama into a character that seems like he will become a cult cinema favourite.

Young Jaeden Lieberher also puts in a stunning debut, he certainly seems to be an actor who his acting well above his age range, while the film is further enhanced by good acting performances by actors in the smaller roles. Naomi Watt’s is a standout as European prostitute Daka while Chris O’Dowd also puts in a warm, nice performance even though he is skirting thin ice but almost becoming type cast to play Catholic priests in films these days.

There is just so much to love about St. Vincent that this review could go on forever. From its beautifully written script to the fact that it bravely decides to be different to most either comedies on the market, to the fact that Bill Murray puts in a truly memorable acting performance there is just no weakness with St. Vincent at all. Clearly one of the better films of this year St. Vincent also announces the arrival of a filmmaker who is well worth watching in the future.

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IMDB Rating: St. Vincent (2014) on IMDb

 

Other Subculture Entertainment St. Vincent reviews: For our full Keep On Keepin’ On 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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