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Summary:  After a one-night stand, a successful married man finds himself entangled in a cunning police detective’s latest investigation.

Year: 2020

Cinema Release Dates: 6th May 2021 (Australia), 18th December 2020 (USA)

VOD Release Dates: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Deon Taylor

Screenwriter: David Loughery

Cast: Oakley Bull (Haley Younger/Haley Older), Mike Colter (Rafe Grimes), Sam Daly (Officer Stallman), Michael Ealy (Derrick Tyler), Kali Hawk (Micaela), David Hofin (Officer Lowe), Rasneet Kaur (Lira), Damaris Lewis (Tracie Tyler), Sabina Mach (Sabina), Compton Menace (Bumpy), Geoffrey Owens (Bill Cranepool), Danny Pino (Carter Heywood), Filipp Revega (Officer Mike), Kirill Revega (Officer John), Lance Stephenson (himself), Hilary Swank (Detective Val Quinlan), Tyrin Turner (Tyrin Abenathy)

Running Time: 102 mins

Classification: MA15+ (Australia), R (USA)

OUR FATALE REVIEWS

David Griffiths’ Fatale Review:

Back in the 1990s and early 2000s Hollywood went through a phase where it loved to mix ‘sex-up’ it’s crime thrillers. The result was classic films like Basic Instinct and of course every teenage boy’s dream – Wild Things. Of course though like all Hollywood phase for every sexy crime thriller that hit its mark there were another twenty that fell from the way-side… and you can find most of those ones in the DVD section of The Reject Shop these days.

To me, director Deon Taylor’s (Black And Blue) feels like a throwback to those films. The film centres around the seductive Detective Val Quinlan (Hilary Swank – Boys Don’t Cry) who ends up in bed with Derrick Tyler (Michael Ealy – Think Like A Man) when the two’s paths cross in the city of sin – Las Vegas.

What Derrick doesn’t tell Val is that he is married and she only finds that out about him when she is called out to the scene of an attempted murder that just happens to happen at the house of Derrick and his wife Tracie (Damaris Lewis – The Rewrite). The high-rolling Derrick is stunned that somebody has tried to murder him and he is beyond nervous of that fact that Val is now in contact with his wife.

The worst enemy of this film is its trailer. I’ll admit that I enjoyed Fatale as a film but having seen the trailer before I saw the film I had some of my experience spoilt by the fact that I already knew too much of what was going to happen. Deon Taylor and screenwriter David Loughery (Lakeview Terrace) have created a good crime thriller with all the right twists and turns to keep their audience guessing but sadly some of those reveals have already been revealed in the trailer.

Still as far as crime thrillers go Fatale does work pretty well. There is enough suspense to make you wonder about nearly every character that is in Derrick’s life while cinematographer Dante Spinotti (Heat) captures some wonderful shots of the opulent house (and its views) that a majority of the film was shot in.

What I also enjoyed about Fatale was the performances of its leads. Hilary Swank looked like she was having a hell of a fun time playing the dangerous vixen while Michael Ealy takes a huge step forward in his career with a performance that more than shows that he was ready to take over the leading man status on a film.Fatale is a guilty pleasure film. It is the kind of film that I found myself enjoying while I was watching but it is one of those films where people are going to give you a funny look when you admit to liking it. It has suspense, some great twists and turns but I would seriously consider avoiding the trailer before you head into the cinema to watch it.

Dave’s rating Out Of 5

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Black Mass

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

 

  1. Black Mass (2015) – Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson, Joel Edgerton
  2. The Visit (2015) – Olivia Delonge, Ed Oxenbould, Deanna Dunagan, Peter McRobbie
  3. Narcos (2015) – Wagner Moura, Boyd Holbrook, Pedro Pascal, Joanna Christie
  4. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015) – Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Giancarlo Espositio
  5. The Jungle Book (2016) – Scarlett Johansson, Idris Elba, Neel Sethi, Bill Murray
  6. Everest (2015) – Jason Clarke, Ang Phula Sherpa, Thomas M. Wright, Martin Henderson
  7. The Bastard Executioner (2015) – Lee Jones, Katey Sagal, Flora Spencer-Longhurst, Sam Spruell
  8. Fear The Walking Dead (2015) – Mercedes Mason, Ruben Blades, Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis
  9. Krampus (2015) – Adam Scott, Toni Collette, Allison Tolman, Emjay Anthony
  10. Games Of Thrones (2011) – Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinkalge, Kit Harington, Lean Headey
  11. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) – Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz
  12. American Horror Story (2011) – Evan Peters Sarah Paulson, Jessica Lange, Denis O’Hare
  13. The Walking Dead (2010) – Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Steven Yuen
  14. Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015) – Robert Downey Jnr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth
  15. Straight Outta Compton (2015) – O’Shea Jackson Jnr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Neil Brown Jnr.
  16. Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015) – Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver
  17. The Martian (2015) – Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara
  18. Mr. Robot (2015) – Rami Malek, Christian Slater, Portia Doubleday, Carly Chaikin
  19. Legend (2015) – Tom Hardy, Emily Browning, Taron Egerton, Paul Anderson
  20. The Perfect Guy (2015) – Sanaa lathan, Michael Ealy, Morris Chestnut, L. Scott Caldwell
  21. Supernatural (2005) – Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beaver, Misha Collins
  22. Sicario (2015) – Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro, Jon Bernthal
  23. Once Upon A Time (2011) – Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Marrilla, Josh Dallas
  24. Southpaw (2015) – Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, Oona Laurence, Forest Whitaker
  25. Arrow (2012) – Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Susanna Thompson

Last Vegas

Summary: Three sixty-something friends take a break from their day-to-day lives to throw a bachelor party in Las Vegas for their last remaining single pal.

Year: 2014

Australian Cinema Release Date: 6th February, 2014

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Jon Turteltaub

Screenwriter: Dan Fogelman

Cast: Aaron Bantum (Young Archie), Roger Bart (Maurice), Bre Blair (Lisa), Diana Boyle (Madison #2), Josh Cohen (Jimmy The Greaser), Robert De Niro (Paddy), Michael Douglas (Billy), Michael Ealy (Ezra), RJ Fattori (Young Paddy), Jerry Ferrara (Dean), Morgan Freeman (Archie), Christie George (Taylor), Joanna Gleason (Miriam), Noah Harden (Young Billy), Curtis Jackson (himself), Kevin Kline (Sam), Romany Malco (Lonnie), Dawn Marie (Brandi), Julie McGee (Stacey), Keith Middlebrook (Chris), Richard J. Mooney (Ira), Janay Oakland (Madison #1), Redfoo (himself), Ric Reitz (Neil), Stephen Scott Scarpulla (Danny The Greaser), Ashley Spillers (Elizabeth), Mary Steenburgen (Diana), Olivia Stuck (Young Sophie), Phillip Wampler (Young Sam)

Runtime: 105 mins

Classification:M

OUR LAST VEGAS REVIEWS & RATINGS

David Griffiths:

It does come as a bit of a surprise that Last Vegas has arrived on our screens with such little fanfare. The main four cast members have won six Oscars between them and normally a film with the calibre of Douglas, De Niro and Freeman would have the whole world talking. However, the fact that Last Vegas is a comedy seems to have scared off a few cinema goers. True, De Niro has made some bad comedies over the years but the inclusion of Morgan Freeman here should scare away any of those fears, because let’s be honest Mr. Freeman just simply doesn’t make bad films.

The film itself is a little like The Hangover with geriatrics. There was a time when Billy (Michael Douglas), Paddy (Robert De Niro), Archie (Morgan Freeman) and Sam (Kevin Kline) were inseparable – they stuck up for each other and protected each other no matter the consequences. However, over the years geography has separated them while Billy and Paddy have also had a massive falling out because Billy didn’t show up to Paddy’s wife.

Now Billy is about to be married and has decided to head to Last Vegas for the bucks party of all bucks parties beforehand. He easily gets Archie, who wants to escape his protective family and Sam who has been given a free pass by his wife to fool around, to agree to the trip however the same can’t be said for Paddy. Paddy’s arrival those soon causes more problems when he and Billy soon find themselves both attracted to someone else – the beautiful singer Diana (Mary Steenburgen).

Director Jon Turtletaub and screenwriter Dan Fogelman have tried to make Last Vegas a little different to most comedies out there. Instead of making this a full out debaucherous affair the pair have worked hard in creating some characters that are easy to care for while trying hard to push the fact that being old doesn’t have to be boring and that friends are supposed to stick together no matter what.

This does work throughout the film. The laughs come along steadily and while they may not be kind of moments that will make you laugh out loud they will at least have you chuckling which is more than can be said for a lot of other films around at the moment. The serious storyline though will railroad the film for younger audience members though who expect a film set in Las Vegas to be full of sex and nudity.

As you would expect these seasoned professionals certainly don’t disgrace themselves when it comes to the acting stakes. Given the light nature of the script the likes of De Niro, Kline and Douglas just seem to glide their way through on auto-pilot. Morgan Freeman once again reminds cinemas goers that he is capable of pulling of comedy with ease, while credit must be paid to Michael Douglas for so many ‘younger women’ jokes being written about his character despite the fact at the time he was married to the much younger Catherine Zeta-Jones. Given that role was originally written for Jack Nicholson some touchy actors may have asked for that to have been re-written after it mirrored his real life, but to his credit Douglas soldiered on and part of the fun of the film are the jokes leveled at him.

Sure Last Vegas is not a roll-around-in-aisles-with-laughter style comedy, nor is it a film that will earn Freeman, De Niro, Douglas or Kline another Oscar but this is still a likable film that can be enjoyed by an audience of all ages.

Stars(2.5) 

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

IMDB Rating:  Last Vegas (2013) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Last Vegas′: Please check The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #67 for our full Last Vegas review.

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