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Summary: With their partners away serving in Afghanistan, a group of women on the home front form a choir and quickly find themselves at the center of a media sensation and global movement.

Year: 2019

Australian Cinema Release Date: 12th March 2020

Thailand Cinema Release Date: TBA

Australian VOD Release Date: TBA

Country: United Kingdom

Director: Peter Cattaneo

Screenwriter: Rosanne Flynn, Rachel Tunnard

Cast: Emmanuel Akinbami (Private Ellis), India Ria Amarteifio (Frankie), Laura Checkley (Maz), Sophie Dix (Beatrice), Laura Elphinstone (Helen), Roxy Faridany (Dawn), James Flemying (Crooks), Gaby French (Jess), Robbie Gee (Red), Charlie Hiscock (Scott), Sharon Horgan (Lisa), Amy James-Kelly (Sarah), Melanie Kilburn (Kathleen), Beverly Longhurst (Hilary), Emma Lowndes (Annie), Colin Mace (Brigadier Groves), Lila McNamara (Eve), Charlie Price (Tommy), Lara Rossi (Ruby), Jack James Ryan (Private Shaw), Penny Ryder (Rebecca), Yula Teffa (Claire), Kristen Scott Thomas (Kate), Stephen Thompson (Stuart), Robert Whitelock (Malc), Finlay Willis (Young Jamie), Sebby Wilson (Billy), Greg Wise (Richard)

Running Time: 112 mins

Classification: M (Australia)





Dave Griffiths’ Military Wives Review:

Sometimes a film can be completely underestimated due to its advertising campaign. One look at the campaign around English film Military Wives and you would swear that you were in for a light and fluffy film in the vein of The Full Monty. However, after sitting down to watch the film the audience will soon see that this is a film that packs a little bit more punch than what you would expect.

From director Peter Cattaneo, who yes did direct The Full Monty, Military Wives loosely tells the tale of a group of women who started a choir on a military base – a phenomenon which has now been repeated right around the world.

The idea was the brain-child of Army wife Lisa (Sharon Horgan – Game Night) who decides that a choir would be a good distraction for a group of Army wives while their husbands are off fighting in Afghanistan. Her idea doesn’t run smoothly though – first she finds opposition from the base’s matriarch – Kate (Kristin Scott Thomas – The English Patient) who feels that she should be the one that is running the choir.

Kate then tries to hijack the choir with her older style music while the choir itself almost implodes when it is realised that most of the women can’t sing while Lisa also finds the choir dominates her time meaning that she is neglecting her rebellious daughter, Frankie (India Amarteifio – Doctor Who), who is also suffering due to the fact that her father is currently fighting overseas.

The way in which Cattaneo manages to mix humour with some deep, emotional storylines in Military Wives is sheer filmmaking brilliance. There is the odd laugh here and there that all seem to hit their mark but Cattaneo alongside his screenwriting team also take this movie into some rarely explored in cinema areas. Outwardly these women all try to be strong but inwardly that is far from the truth. As a film Miitary Wives looks at the stress and anxiety that Army wives feel as their partners are away at war and it is these moments during the film that makes this film more than watchable.

The screenplay allows for every character to have their own personality and the result is a beautiful film that takes the audience through a range of emotions as the characters on screen all go through various situations throughout the film. From a young newly-wed wife sending her partner off to war through to a teenage girl who deals with her father being deployed by partying and getting drunk every night. Then without spoiling to much comes the angst and worry as word filters through that the group containing the partners/fathers has been attacked.

Of course there is a good light-hearted side to the film as well – and a lot of that comes through the music. From a new Robbie Williams song through to modern day hits from Dido and a swag of well known 80s classics Military Wives has a soundtrack that not only lifts the mood but will also have the audience singing along in much the same way that Pitch Perfect did.

All of that aside though the power of this film comes from its two leads. Kristen Scott Thomas is brilliant as the hard-lined Kate. Thomas portrayal of Kate deserves to be award winning as her character is more complex than originally meets the eye. When there are some great scenes where Thomas and Horgan clash heads there are other times in the film where Thomas portrays Kate as a caring character that is suffering just as much as the others. Her back-story in itself is enough to break the average person.

Thomas is well matched opposite Horgan who herself also puts in an amazing performance. Likewise her scenes with Thomas are emotionally charged and some of the highlights of the film. She also shares some memorable scenes with young India Armarteifio and I can only hope that we see her in more films over the years.

Military Wives is a surprisingly emotional film that goes a lot further than the fluffy feeling you would expect from a film in this genre. Its look at what life is like for military families is rare in the cinematic world and it contains several scenes that will really stay with you long after you have watched the film.





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Summary: Both man and myth, Hercules (Dwayne Johnson) leads a band of mercenaries to help end a bloody civil war in the land of Thrace and return the rightful king to his throne. A tormented soul from birth, Hercules has the strength of a God but feels the suffering of a human.

Year: 2014

Australian Cinema Release Date: 24th July, 2014

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Brett Ratner

Screenwriter: Ryan Condal, Evan Spilitopoulos, Steve Moore (graphic novel)

Cast: Joe Anderson (Phineas), Isaac Andrews (Arius), Krasen Belev (Oyley), Ingrid Bolso Berdal (Atalanta), Adrian Bouchet (Zeus), John Cross (Lt. Marcos), Christopher Fairbank (Gryza), Rebecca Ferguson (Ergenia), Joseph Fiennes (King Eurystheus), Aksel Hennie (Tydeus), John Hurt (Lord Cotys), Dwayne Johnson (Hercules), Ian McShane (Amphiaraus), Nicholas Moss (Demetrius), Peter Mullan (Sitacles), Barbara Palvin (Antimache), Stephen Peacocke (Stephanos), Mark Phelan (Corsair), Reece Ritchie (Iolaus), Tobias Santelmann (Rhesus), Rufus Sewell (Autolycus), Irina Shayk (Megara), Karolina Szymczak (Alcmene), Robert Whitelock (Nicolaus), Aden G. Wright (Child Hercules)

Runtime: 98 mins

Classification: M




Nick Gardener: You can check out Nick’s Hercules review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #89



David Griffiths:

So many of the big blockbusters of this year have exceeded just how good they were expected to be. Think about films like Captain America: Winter Soldier and Edge Of Tomorrow, now add Hercules to that list because director Brett Ratner (who has had a hit and miss career to date) has certainly delivered the goods.

Based on the Marvel graphic novel rather than Greek mythology itself Hercules begins with the legend of Hercules (Dwayne Johnson) spreading across the land, but what is myth and what is truth? To some he is a fallen hero and to others he is a freedom fighter. The ultimate test comes for Hercules when he and his friends Amphiaraus (Ian McShane), Autolycus (Rufus Sewell), Tydeus (Aksel Hennie), Atalanta (Ingrid Bolso Berdal) and Iolaus (Reece Rithcie) are hired by Lord Cotys (John Hurt) to rid the Land of Thrace of a warlord who aims to enslave his people.

Obviously spurred on by what has worked in recent comic book movies like The Dark Knight and The Avengers Ratner takes the Marvel Comics’ version of Hercules and serves up a decent action film that for once seems to remember just how important things such as characterisation and a decent screenplay go in making a film watchable for its audience. Here Hercules and co are well rounded characters, and while Ratner doesn’t go into full novella style back stories he does do enough so that most of the characters aren’t simply just walking clichés that has as much life as the cardboard cut-outs in the cinema lobby.

Ratner also decides to take Hercules back into some of the old school styles of filmmaking. Instead of relying on CGI to do absolutely everything here Ratner learns from the masters of old and actually has some grand sets in the background of some of his scenes and even decides to throw some stuntmen into the furore during the battle sequences rather than allowing a computer to do the work. Even better is the fact that for once a director seems to embrace the 3D technology correctly and sometimes the audience will find themselves duckng as a sword is smashed out of The Rock’s hand towards them or when they suddenly find a spear menacingly thrust towards their faces.

Of course some of the credit for Hercules working so well has to be given to the screenwriters who have served up Ratner an absolute gem of an action script. Yes there are some heavy battle sequences that will keep the action junkies happy but they have also developed some good storylines for those of the audience who want a little more than blood and guts served up to them. The question of how much of Hercules’ past is myth or truth throws up some interesting questions for viewers, as does questions over actually what happened to his children and wife… is he a cold blooded hero? Even the screenplay’s big twist works a treat and won’t be seen by those who are expecting this to be a simple action film.

Then of course there are the actors. The inclusion of veterans such as John Hurt and Ian McShane bring a sense of credibility to the cast and both are standouts in their roles. The big surprise here though is Dwayne ‘please don’t call me The Rock’ Johnson, who really steps up in the acting stakes. Yes he has the body of a Greek God, handy when you are playing Hercules, but he doesn’t allow that to do all the talking and instead there are times in this film when he is called upon to deliver some dramatic lines and show emotion… both of which he surprisingly pulls off pretty well.

While many won’t be expecting much from Hercules it does certainly serve up the goods if you are seeking a good action film rather than a work of art. Ratner delivers some brilliant battle sequences while the storyline in the background puts waste to some of the weaker action films that we have seen on the big screen in recent years. And last but not least it’s time to admit defeat Kellan Lutz because Dwayne Johnson’s Hercules just handed you your ass on a plate.



Average Subculture Rating (out of 5):  Stars(4)


IMDB Rating:  Hercules (2014) on IMDb


Other Subculture Entertainment Reviews of ‘Hercules′: For our full Hercules review please check The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #89. You can also check out Dave’s review at The Book The Film The T-Shirt.