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  • Ruby Sparks: Movie Review | Suze Reviews
    Calvin indulges in creating the perfect dream girl until he wakes up one morning to find she s gone completely out of his head and into his apartment Everything is impossibly ruby groovy until Calvin gets more than he wished for and realises that life isn t as much fun when your relationship loses its Spark The premise is zany and far fetched but the fun glistens with starbursts of morality too Theoretically creating your own dream girl sounds heavenly but controlling your partner even one you ve imagined into existence can really send the sparks flying Ruby Sparks is a subtle reminder that relationships are based on mutual respect understanding and crazy ridiculous magical love As Ruby Zoe Kazan is utterly adorable full of reckless exuberance and a joy to watch Much like the film itself you can t help falling hopelessly in love with her Meanwhile Paul Dano is like a young James Spader quietly bookish flawed and vulnerable The pair have a plausible chemistry that guides the audience along the emotional wave of their union and forces you to care about their fate The dialogue is zippy the characters are believable and the ending is wholly satisfying

    Original URL path: http://www.suze.co.uk/ruby-sparks-movie-review/ (2016-04-26)
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  • Safety Not Guaranteed: Movie Review | Suze Reviews
    seeking a time travelling companion with weapons experience and decide to track down the author in hopes of exploiting his assumed nuttiness into a special interest story The trio transport to Ocean View where they find Kenneth Mark Duplass a disarmingly benign misfit who believes so ardently in his ability to cross the threshold of time that he might just be telling the truth The unexpected pairing that forms between Darius and Kenneth is beautifully paced as they slowly cautiously reveal their complex selves to each other This is masterful character building allowing the audience to accept the inherent absurdity of the premise and ease into the unlikelihood of the romantic match Kenneth s paranoid quippy restlessness becomes charming while Darius s guarded hoodie cloak frays gently into softness As the two embark upon their particular journey Jeff gets sidetracked by searching for an old flame and determining to get shy Indian Arnau to lose his virginity Both sub plots are amusing but suffocate the main premise a little by stealing screen time As the narrative progresses it becomes more difficult and less urgent to know whether Kenneth really has discovered the secret to time travel making the ending of

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  • Frankenweenie: Movie Review | Suze Reviews
    desperately Victor gets the light bulb idea to bring pooch back from the dead Victor succeeds in his mission but learns that meddling with science can result in monstrous consequences especially when Victor s experiments fall into the wrong hands Things descend into madness and Victor and Sparky must save their town before an impending storm of disaster strikes Adorably kooky genre characters colour this black and white creature feature with their gnarled crooked hands caricatured accents and absurdly vacant stares The motley children are characterised with genuine affection willing you to love them like forlorn one eyed runts left behind at the animal shelter But if the townsfolk are a little oddball the animation is acutely virtuous Sharp whites and vivid blacks lend an over exposed quality to daylight and a blanket of excitement to night scenes Light and shade are put to work with spectacular effect Recent Burton films may have been about as electrifying as a bolt of cloth but Frankenweenie is the creation of a genius A return to the cult horror style of Burton s 1984 short film of the same name this is clever worthwhile film making from a master director whose pulse hasn

    Original URL path: http://www.suze.co.uk/frankenweenie-movie-review/ (2016-04-26)
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  • Lawless: Movie Review | Suze Reviews
    Dirty Thirties Lawless is more subtle than the usual good guys versus bad cops premise refusing to idolise or segregate anybody in the Prohibition mash Local home brewers and the town law enforcement co exist happily alongside one another together battling to shrug off the bleakness of the period through the escapism of liquor Cinematography vehicles the film s reticence beautifully through stunning visuals that depict the era with photographic realism The location heavy setting lends Lawless a pastoral feel uninhibited by the restrictive confines of a studio backlot with an equally satisfying soundtrack But despite being served in the finest crystal tumbler this dram is soured by watered down character development and several theatrically cartoonish caricatures plucked straight out of vaudeville And while the cast is mostly top shelf Shia LaBeouf as Jack Bondurant is as persistent and irritating as a hangover at a kid s birthday party LaBeouf is too Hollywood for this role straining to rise above the grotty yokelness of his character with poncy over acting As an adaptation Cave has honoured the tone of the book majestically controlling the gruesome visceral violence with the same level of matter of factness Creative licence has certainly been employed but the guts of the novel have survived intact If there is anything missing from the film version it is perhaps the omission of the book s back story which may have better positioned the audience s expectations Critical response of Lawless has so far been somewhat mixed presumably because viewers are struggling to appreciate the mood and circumstances that gave rise to the story s events and the necessity of the subdued cadence The novel establishes this more successfully Satisfying overall Lawless is at times both outstanding and infuriating But when it is on fire it is intoxicating

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  • Killing Them Softly: Movie Review | Suze Reviews
    laws illicit drug use prostitution mob style gambling syndicates and the freedom to be shot on the sidewalk Johnny Amato Curatola hires petty crooks Frankie Scoot McNairy and Russell Mendelsohn to raid a high stakes poker game run by mobster Markie Liotta The Mob administration Jenkins calls in hitman Jackie Cogan Pitt to find the culprits and dish out some gangster wrist slapping With the help of Mickey Gandolfini and the local thugs justice is carried out in a brutally brilliant onslaught where audible rib cracks and bone crushes add punch to the biting soundtrack Unquestionably savage Killing Them Softly is intelligent as it is calculated Clever and unexpected techniques empower the violence awkward silences create razor sharp tension while music cues and slow motion cinematography bolster and prolong audience anticipation Precision dialogue is delivered by masterful performances from a team of expert actors who know how to gun a great picture Killing Them Softly is superior genre film making from Kiwi director Andrew Dominik whose credits include The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and Chopper Extremely violent the film never glorifies the dystopia of America s gritty landscape which makes the experience all the more

    Original URL path: http://www.suze.co.uk/killing-them-softly-movie-review/ (2016-04-26)
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  • Arbitrage: Movie Review | Suze Reviews
    with all kinds of commodities family relationships business ethics morals He is wealthy and debonair with a natural gallantry that charmingly masks his illicit double dealings Ironically Gere s famously lacklustre screen presence and passive charisma is the key to Miller s casual allure When Miller s reputation is put in jeopardy by a sinister incident Miller flees the scene to protect his family and his business but inadvertently draws the suspicions of Detective Michael Bryer Tim Roth who determines to expose and bring Miller to justice An equally compelling performance from Roth sets a challenge for the audience you want Miller to atone for his infidelities as much as you wish him to get away with murder But whilst the unfolding moral conflict generates enough interest in Arbitrage the non taxing pace fails to squeeze the attention deficit Plus Bryer s motivation to pursue Miller so rigorously seems a little counterfeit Strong performances from Gere Roth and Nate Parker as Gere s accomplice Jimmy Grant are upturned by low risk investments from Susan Sarandon as Ellen Miller and Brit Marling as their daughter Brooke As an insight into the unglamorous lifestyles of the filthy rich and famous Arbitrage is

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  • Mental: Movie Review | Suze Reviews
    make up Barry Moochmore Anthony LaPaglia institutionalises his The Sound of Music obsessed wife Shirley Rebecca Gibney then realising he ll need someone to look after their five daughters he picks up hitchhiker Shaz Toni Collette on the way home Each of the unhinged daughters is convinced they are bonkers in one way or another but Shaz takes the fruitcake when it comes to derailment As their unlikely rolemodel Shaz teaches the girls a thing or two about insanity in her own apocalyptic anti normal style This miraculously manages to reunite the Moochmore family but repels the audience instead Shaz s radical methods are grotesque and accusatory as she fights to illustrate that normal people are really the crazy ones She may well be right but her behaviour is so repulsive that it is impossible to sympathise when you are being simultaneously incriminated and offended Mental becomes increasingly repugnant and far fetched on its spiral into madness making it an awful and ugly thing to sit back and watch The lunacy gets too out of control transforming this well intended showcase of mental illness into a trite parody Fortunately the fictional beachside Dolphin Heads Queensland setting provides some sunny frivolity with its thong and boardies joie de vivre Mental would be desolate without it Unfunny obnoxious and vulgar the only real appeal of Mental is in the performances which are exceptional Newcomer Lily Sullivan is simply adorable effortlessly holding her own against power hitters Collette LaPaglia and Gibney Hogan s decision to cast non actors in certain roles to create naturalism proving to be a wise one The inclusion of Toni Collette and Liev Schreiber Salt X Men Origins Wolverine as Shaz s estranged husband Trevor Blundell means that this unflattering expose of Australians Aussie families and humour might well

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  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days: Movie Review | Suze Reviews
    He also wants to win the affections of schoolpal Holly Peyton List who coaches tennis at the local posh club Greg s parents want him out of the house so he devises a plan to deflect his parents attention while attracting Holly s He tells his folks that he has a job at the club then spends his days hanging out by the pool drinking smoothies and trying to impress the girl Of course nothing goes to plan Greg gets busted and the tenuous relationship between Greg and his Dad ends up in the doghouse Diary of A Wimpy Kid Dog Days is a combination of the third The Last Straw and fourth Wimpy books Dog Days so the movie does have a lot of territory to cover but it achieves quite a successful balance If anything there are perhaps too many sub plots some get explored more than others which never get the chance to gain much momentum Even the appearance of the title pooch is a little blink and you ll miss it But in spite of the mass of information the film never devolves into a dog s breakfast The action is easy to follow and there

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