You gotta love a satire on the creation of news as entertainment that takes a swipe at the entire entertainment world.
David O. Russell has delivered with his latest film which features an all star cast.
Anyone who counts themselves as a Rolling Stones fan would know the notorious background lyrics to the band's late 60s masterpiece Gimme Shelter, a fiery yell that smashed through the feel-good, flower-power vibes of Woodstock to hint at a darker side to the decade: "rape, murder!/ It's just a shot away/it's just a shot away . . . "
Meatballs 2 is good fun but lacks the freshness, spontaneity and zaniness of the original.
Once more unto the breach for Katniss Everdeen, the teenage warrior who survived the first Hunger Games only to find herself in this second episode of the dystopian fantasy, Catching Fire, again fighting for her life in front of a transfixed television audience.
When I heard that the second Thor movie would have as its subtitle "The Dark World" my heart sank faster than Clive Palmer in a vat of jelly (I've been reading Tim Winton's new novel Eyrie and developed a taste for the baroque Aussie metaphor).
While audiences anxious for a dose of Richard Curtis confetti-fuelled fantasy are flocking to About Time those worried about their glucose levels might be better off with Fly Me to the Moon, a welcome shot of cynicism from the land of love.
Forrest Gump has become a byword for Hollywood simple-mindedness and sentimentality. So I imagine the makers of The Butler flinch every time their tale of an African-American White House servant through the decades is described as "Gump-ish".
The machete-wielding Mexican "lawman" you never wanted back by popular demand is nonetheless back in this full-length sequel to the original full-length feature, inspired by a fake two-minute trailer between Quentin Tarantino's and Robert Rodriguez's Grindhouse double feature.
If there's one thing I've come to realise this week with the release of Richard Curtis' latest film it's that the New Zealand-born British director has a tendency to polarise people.
Apart from Tim Winton's recent critical hit The Turning, 2013 has been a pretty dismal year for local filmmaking.
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