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Summary:  Thor enlists the help of Valkyrie, Korg and ex-girlfriend Jane Foster to fight Gorr the God Butcher, who intends to make the gods extinct.

Year: 2022

Cinema Release Dates:  6th July 2022 (Australia), 6th July 2022 (Thailand), 7th July 2022 (UK), 8th July 2022 (USA)

VOD Release Dates: TBA

Country: Australia, USA

Director: Taika Waititi

Screenwriter: Taika Waititi, Jennifer Kaytin Robinson

Cast: Jaimie Alexander (Sif), Samson Alston (Teenage Thor), Christian Bale (Gorr), Dave Bautista (Drax), Simon Russell Beale (Dionysus), Jonny Brugh (Rapu), Ava Caryofyllis (Young Jane), Cameron Chapek (Baby Thor), Bradley Cooper (Rocket (voice)), Russell Crowe (Zeus), Stephen Curry (King Yakan), Matt Damon (Actor Loki), Vin Diesel (Groot (voice)), Kieron L. Dyer (Axl), Idris Elba (Heimdall), Carmen Foon (Minerva), Karen Gillan (Nebula), Brett Goldstein (Hercules), Chanique Greyling (Young Frigga), Sean Gunn (Kraglin/On-Set Rocket), Bobby Holland Hanton (Habooska The Horrible), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Luke Hemsworth (Actor Thor), Tristan Hemsworth (Kid Thor), Pom Klementieff (Mantis), Eliza Matengu (Grace (Axl’s Mother)), Melissa McCarthy (Actor Hela), Sam Neil (Actor Odin), Simon Paparelli (Bao, God Of Dumplings), Natalie Portman (Jane Foster/The Mighty Thor), Daley Pearson (Darryl The Tour Guide), Chris Pratt (Peter Quill/Star-Lord), Carly Rees (Miek), Brooke Satchewell (Indigarrian Woman Glenda), Tessa Thompson (King Valkyrie), Taika Waititi (Korg/Old Kronan God (voice))

Running Time: 119 mins

Classification: M (Australia), u13+ (Thailand), 12-A (UK), PG-13 (USA)

OUR THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER REVIEWS

David Griffiths’ Thor: Love And Thunder Review:

So far this year we have seen Marvel Studios go on a huge film rollercoaster. While the execs at the studio are quick to point out that Spider-Man: No Way Home was a box office success, they seem to forget that Morbius and Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness never reached the heights that they should of. But whenever somebody asks if the Marvel bubble has burst the answer nearly always seems to be people want to see films about the original Avengers. Well now the time has come to test that theory because the latest Marvel sees the return of one of the originals – the mighty Thor.

Thor: Love And Thunder begins with Thor (Chris Hemsworth – Spiderhead) getting back in shape and fighting alongside some very well-known Guardians. But when he hears about the rise of Gorr The God Butcher (Christian Bale – The Dark Knight) he decides that this is the right time to return back to the now earthly New Asgard which in his absence has become a tourist attraction.

Upon his arrival though he finds Asgard under attack with Gorr doing what he can do to destroy Asgard and its Gods. Thor instantly takes up arms with Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson – Creed) and soon surprised to realise that there is another hero keeping Gorr at bay – his ex-girlfriend Jane (Natalie Portman – Black Swan) and she is wielding Thor’s very own hammer.

As the trio fight off Gorr he flees taking Asgard’s children with him – this soon results in the trio having to seek out the mighty Zeus (Russell Crowe – Gladiator) for help while Thor has to come to terms with the fact that Jane is in fact the new Thor.

If Marvel are hoping that Thor: Love And Thunder is going to be their next blockbuster success then they may have a nervous wait to see how it goes because the film itself is so up and down it is going to split audiences. Early on director and screenwriter Taika Waititi (JoJo Rabbit) infuses his style of comedy into the film and like it did in Thor: Ragnarok it at times falls flat and feels out of place with the subject matter at hand. But it feels that later on in the movie Waititi lets that fall away and the result is a fairly decent action film with some impressive battle sequences.

It does feel a shame though that Waititi persists with the comedy in the Thor films because the result sees the once powerful God from the first two Thor films reduced to a bumbling fool at times. It is so refreshing to see that we get a glimpse of the once Mighty Thor towards the end of Thor: Love & Thunder… let’s just hope that continues in the future.

There are times throughout the film that works remarkably well. We have already mentioned some of the acting sequences but there is also a great deal of suspense to keep the audience engrossed in the movie as well. The inclusion of Gorr certainly helps with that – this is one time were we get to see the origins of the villain and once it is established just how brutal he is you get a strong feeling that not all of our Marvel heroes are going to make it out of this film alive. While Marvel has struggled with bringing memorable villains to the screen over the years they certainly shrug off that issue as Gorr will certainly stay with most people for a long time after the films ends.

Some of that credit must be paid to Christian Bale who seems to forget that he is in a comic book movie and delivers a near award winning performance. His strong performance seems to life those around him and once he shrugs off the comedic elements Chris Hemsworth seems to raise his acting stakes to match those of Bale.

Natalie Portman is also a refreshing change for the Marvel franchise with the emergence of Jane as the new Thor and Portman seems to grasp her action sequences amazingly well. She is well supported by the often over-looked Tessa Thompson whose performance as Valkyrie here is so good that it leaves the audience wondering whether or not this is the right time for Valkyrie to have her own stand-alone film. Sadly the same can’t be said for Crowe’s performance as Zeus, the usually brilliant actor will leave audience members scratching their heads at what kind of accent he is trying to pull off.

Thor: Love & Thunder is not one of Marvel’s finest hours but it is well worth a look. A must-have soundtrack of rock and metal mixed with one of the Marvel’s best villains to date makes up for the fact that at times the humour at hand seems out of place. Let’s hope in the future we see more of the Mighty Thor and less of the bumbling fool we’ve put up with for awhile now.

Dave’s rating Out Of 5

Lee Griffiths’ Thor: Love And Thunder Review:

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You can read our review of Thor: Love And Thunder that appeared in The Phuket News here – https://www.thephuketnews.com/for-love-and-thunder-84841.php

Trailer:

A new trailer and poster are now available for Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Love and Thunder,” revealing new details about the God of Thunder’s latest adventure—including a trek to Olympus where Zeus (Russell Crowe) reigns supreme. 

The film finds Thor (Chris Hemsworth) on a journey unlike anything he’s ever faced – a search for self-discovery. But his retirement is interrupted by a galactic killer known as Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale), who seeks the extinction of the gods. To combat the threat, Thor enlists the help of King Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), Korg (Taika Waititi) and ex-girlfriend Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), who – to Thor’s surprise – inexplicably wields his magical hammer, Mjolnir, as the Mighty Thor. Together, they embark upon a harrowing cosmic adventure to uncover the mystery of the God Butcher’s vengeance and stop him before it’s too late.

Directed by Taika Waititi (“Thor: Ragnarok,” “Jojo Rabbit”) and produced by Kevin Feige and Brad Winderbaum, “Thor: Love and Thunder” opens in Australian cinemas July 6, 2022.

Dave Griffiths’ list of the best films of 2020 continues today with numbers 20 through to 11.

20. ON THE ROCKS

Bill Murray was at his absolute best in this comedy-drama that also one of the best dialogue driven scripts of the year.

19. BOMBSHELL

One of the most thought provoking movies of the year also led to a tour de force of performances from Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie.

18. THE ASSISTANT

Slow-moving but with the intensity level driven to the max, this was a slow-burner that really stuck with you. If Julia Garner doesn’t win awards for this film then there is something seriously wrong.

17. UNHINGED

The film itself was a reminder at how suspenseful cinema can be, while Russell Crowe relished the opportunity to play the bad guy.

16. RICHARD JEWELL

Once again Clint Eastwood reminded us why he is one of the best filmmakers of this generation. Truly amazing drama.

15. RAMS

This film is destined to become an Aussie classic alongside films like The Castle. Just the right amount of drama, comedy and Aussie heart to make it the perfect film.

14. PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN

Hard hitting film that after a slow opening then doesn’t let up. Carey Mulligan is in Oscar form – this is a film that all film lovers must see.

13. DEERSKIN

One of the strangest films of the year but it also is one of the most intriguing and interesting.

12. LET HIM GO

Intense! That is really the only way to describe this crime thriller that also manages to throw in a strong Western feel.

11. 1917

Powerfully epic war film that contained some of the best visuals of 2020.

Summary: A psychopath decides to give a woman and her son a ‘bad day’ after a small road rage incident.

Year: 2020

Cinema Release Dates: 30th July 2020 (Australia), 21st August 2020 (USA), 31st July 2020 (UK)

VOD Release Dates: 17th December 2020 (Australia)

Country: USA

Director: Derrick Borte

Screenwriter: Carl Ellsworth

Cast: Gabriel Bateman (Kyle), Russell Crowe (Man), Lucy Faust (Rosie), Stephen Louis Grush (Leo), Juliene Joyner (Mary), Anne Leighton (Deborah), Austin P McKenzie (Fred), Andrew Morgado (Richard), Caren Pistorius (Rachel), Jimmy Simpson (Andy), Devon A. Tyler (Mrs. Ayers)

Running Time: 90 mins

Classification: MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

OUR UNHINGED REVIEWS

David Griffiths’ Unhinged Review:

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Kyle McGrath’s Unhinged Review:

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Unhinged (2020) on IMDb

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Trailer:

Academy Award© winner, Russell Crowe, stars in UNHINGED, a timely psychological thriller that explores the fragile balance of a society pushed to the edge, taking something we’ve all experienced – road rage – to an unpredictable and terrifying conclusion. Rachel (Caren Pistorius) is running late to work when she has an altercation at a traffic light with a stranger (Crowe) whose life has left him feeling powerless and invisible. Soon, Rachel finds herself, and everyone she loves, the target of a man who decides to make one last mark upon the world by teaching her a series of deadly lessons. What follows is a dangerous game of cat and mouse that proves you never know just how close you are to someone who is about to become unhinged.

Unhinged will be released in Australian cinemas on July 16th.

 

Inspired by Peter Carey’s Man Booker Prize winning novel and starring George Mackay (1917), Essie Davis (The Babadook), Nicholas Hoult (Stan’s upcoming The GreatThe Favourite), Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy) and Russell Crowe (Stan’s The Loudest Voice), Justin Kurzel’s True History of the Kelly Gang shatters the mythology of the notorious icon to reveal the essence behind the life of Ned Kelly and force a country to stare back into its brutal past.

Spanning the younger years of Ned’s life to the time leading up to his death, the film explores the blurred boundaries between what is bad and what is good, and the motivations for the demise of its hero. Youth and tragedy collide in the Kelly Gang, and at the beating heart of this tale is the fractured and powerful love story between a mother and a son.

Stan Original Film True History of the Kelly Gang premieres this Australia Day.

Stan has released the official trailer and poster for the highly anticipated seven-part SHOWTIME event series THE LOUDEST VOICE, starring Academy Award® and Golden Globe® winner Russell Crowe as Fox News founder Roger Ailes. THE LOUDEST VOICE will premiere Monday, July 1 – Only on Stan.

THE LOUDEST VOICE is based on extensive reporting by Gabriel Sherman in his bestselling book, The Loudest Voice in the Room, which included interviews with more than 600 people and Sherman’s reporting for New York Magazine. In addition to Crowe, the star-studded cast also includes Academy Award nominee Naomi Watts as former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson, Golden Globe nominee Sienna Miller (Layer Cake) as Ailes’ wife Elizabeth, Oscar® nominee and Emmy® winner Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy) as former Fox News PR chief Brian Lewis, Screen Actors Guild Award® nominee Simon McBurney (The Theory of Everything) as News Corp leader Rupert Murdoch, Annabelle Wallis (Peaky Blinders) as former Fox News booker Laurie Luhn and Aleksa Palladino (Boardwalk Empire) as Ailes’ longtime assistant Judy Laterza.  Guest stars include Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Josh Charles (The Good Wife) as Casey Close, Gretchen Carlson’s husband, and Josh Stamberg (The Affair) as former Fox executive, Bill Shine. Emmy nominee Kari Skogland (The Handmaid’s Tale) directed multiple episodes.   

In today’s politically charged media landscape, no figure looms larger, even after his passing, than Roger Ailes, who molded Fox News into a force that irrevocably changed the conversation about the highest levels of government. To understand the events that led to the rise of the modern Republican Party, one must understand Ailes. The upcoming limited series takes on that challenge, focusing primarily on the past decade in which Ailes arguably became the Republican Party’s de facto leader, while also touching on defining events in Ailes’ life, including his experiences with world leaders that gave birth to Ailes’ political career and the sexual harassment accusations and settlements that brought his Fox News reign to an end. The series aims to shed light on the psychology that drives the political process from the top down.   

The first episode of the event series was written by Oscar winner Tom McCarthy (Spotlight) and Sherman. The project is a co-production from SHOWTIME and Blumhouse Television (Sharp ObjectsThe JinxGet Out). In addition to Crowe, McCarthy serves as executive producer with Alex Metcalf and Emmy winner Jason Blum, as well as Marci Wiseman and Jeremy Gold for Blumhouse Television, Liza Chasin of 3dot Productions, Kari Skogland and Padraic McKinley.

THE LOUDEST VOICE will premiere on Stan July 1 with new episodes weekly

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Transmission Films invites Australian audiences on a personal journey through Australian cinema with David Stratton, our most revered film critic, when DAVID STRATTON: A CINEMATIC LIFE releases in cinemas this year.
DAVID STRATTON: A CINEMATIC LIFE is an intimate journey with David Stratton, from his first boyhood cinema experience in England, to his migration to Australia as a ‘ten pound pom’ in 1963 and onto his present day reflections on the iconic themes that run through our cinematic legacy.
While David turned his passion for cinema into a profession, a growing band of courageous Australians turned their enthusiasm for storytelling into an extraordinary body of work. Alongside David, this absorbing documentary includes commentary from some of the most recognisable names in Australian cinema including Gillian Armstrong, Eric Bana, Bryan Brown, Russell Crowe, Judy Davis, Nicole Kidman, George Miller, Sam Neill, Geoffrey Rush, Fred Schepisi, Warwick Thornton, Jacki Weaver and Hugo Weaving.
“David Stratton is a true champion of Australian cinema. The opportunity to share his unique personal story on the big screen is a privilege,” said Transmission Films Joint Managing Director Andrew Mackie.
DAVID STRATTON: A CINEMATIC LIFE is written and directed by Sally Aitken (Getting Frank Gehry, Streets of Your Town) and produced by Jo-anne McGowan and executive produced by Jennifer Peedom (Sherpa).
DAVID STRATTON: A CINEMATIC LIFE will open in cinemas nationally on March 9th. David Stratton will be in attendance at select Q&A screenings across the country from late February, with more details coming soon.

Margaret Pomeranz

As part of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia’s (NFSA) bid to restore some of the most iconic films made throughout Australian cinematic history the NFSA have just launched a Pozible campaign to help restore Jocelyn Moorhouse’s first film ‘Proof’ which also launched the careers of Hugo Weaving and Russell Crowe.

As an Ambassador for NFSA Margaret Pomeranz sat down with our very own Dave Griffiths to not only talk about the restoration project as a whole but also why ‘Proof’ has been selected as the next film to restore. IF you wish to donate to the campaign you can do so here.

You can listen to or download our Margaret Pomeranz interview right here.