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Heavy dose of vulgarity

TRANSFORMERS – AGE OF EXTINCTION: Starring Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Stanley Tucci. Directed by Michael Bay. 165 minutes. Rated M (Action viuolence and coarse language) By John Mulderig THERE may, no doubt, be circumstances that would justify a film having a running time close to three hours. Some lavish adaptation of a Dickens novel, perhaps, or a sweeping ... Read More »

Music is the ‘bright spot’

JERSEY BOYS: Starring John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda, Vincent Piazza, Christopher Walken, Steven R. Schirripa. Directed by Clint Eastwood. 134 minutes. Rated M (Frequent coarse language) By John P. McCarthy SUCCESS on the stage does not easily translate into success on screen, particularly for a musical. And yet if the tunes are enjoyable, all is not lost. That’s ... Read More »

Dragon tale returns to flight

How to Train Your Dragon 2: Rated PG, Fantasy themes, violence, 102 minutes. By John McCarthy MAKING excellent use of 3-D technology, the 2010 animated adventure How to Train Your Dragon earned two Oscar nominations and a large payoff at the box office. Although it may seem like an eternity to eager young fans, four years is not an overly long ... Read More »

A spirit of self-sacrifice

EDGE OF TOMORROW: Starring Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, Brendan Gleeson. Directed by Doug Liman. 114 minutes. Rated M (Science fiction violence and infrequent coarse language). By John Mulderig THE coward dies a thousand deaths, the brave but one. That boiled-down version of a duo of lines from Shakespeare’s tragedy Julius Caesar – quoted in its more compact form ... Read More »

Special effects extravaganza

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST: Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Jennifer Lawrence. Directed by Bryan Singer. 131 minutes. Rated M (Science fiction themes, violence and infrequent coarse language). Reviewed by Kurt Jensen TIME travel meets a gleefully loopy version of American history in X-Men: Days of Future Past. There are many surreal moments – Jennifer ... Read More »

Glowing self-portrait of a disillusioned man

In Bob We Trust (Documentary): Featuring Fr Bob Maguire, John Safran. Directed by Lynn-Maree Milburn. Written by Lynn-Maree Milburn. 142 minutes. Rated PG. Reviewed by Emilie Ng UNUSUAL theology has never thrust its head so violently as in the anticipated movie of the so-called David and Goliath story between Catholic Church hierarchy and retired South Melbourne priest and mainstream celebrity, ... Read More »

Neighbourhood smut

BAD NEIGHBOURS: Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, Zac Efron, Dave Franco. Directed by Nicholas Stoller. 97 minutes. Rated MA15+ (Strong sexual references, sex scenes, coarse language, drug use and nudity). Reviewed by John Mulderig ANIMAL House-style antics, with moral anarchy to match, are showcased in the smutty frat-themed comedy Bad Neighbours. The film’s premise is a scenario that would likely scare any ... Read More »

Battling evil on a daily basis

Spiderman

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2: RISE OF ELECTRO. Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan. Directed by Marc Webb. 142 minutes. Rated M (Action violence).  By John Mulderig  PATRONS are unlikely to walk away from the overstuffed but diverting 3-D comic-book sequel The Amazing Spider-Man 2 feeling that they’ve failed to get their money’s worth. In fact, director Marc Webb’s follow-up to ... Read More »

Distasteful attempt at comedy

'The Other Woman'

THE OTHER WOMAN: Starring Cameron Diaz, Lesley Mann, Nikolai Coster-Waldau, Don Johnson, Kate Upton. Directed by Nick Cassavetes. 109 minutes. Rated M (Sexual references, coarse language and mature themes).  Reviewed by John Mulderig WHEN a screenwriter’s armoury of jokes is so depleted that a large dog having a visible accident qualifies as a sight gag, moviegoers of taste will want ... Read More »

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