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Movies, DVDs with Jim Sherlock, Aaron Rourke What’s Hot and What’s Not in Blu-Rays and DVDs FILM: GET OUT: Genre: Mystery/Thriller/Horror. Cast: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford, Catherine Keener. Year: 2017. Rating: MA15+ Length: 104 Minutes. Stars: **** Verdict: Ripping thriller of a young African-American who visits his white girlfriend's family estate where he slowly learns of a mysterious past and horrible truth, and when he decides to "get out," he finds it easier said than done. Startling directorial debut from comedian Jordan Peele, who also wrote and co-produced, starts this chilling journey with delectably disturbing menace (to Run Rabbit Run), and slowly building it's unsettling twists, turns and increasingly gripping tension to a sharp and nail-biting conclusion. The blend of real world paranoia, anxieties, racial undertones and humour turn into a world of nightmares with startling effect. Superbly paced, beautifully filmed and driven by a highly intelligent, fresh and thought provoking screenplay with standout performances, this is top notch nail-biting horror-thriller that the likes of Roman Polanski, John Carpenter and David Cronenberg, among others, would have relished and ultimately created at their peak. FILM: McLAREN: Genre: Documentary/Biography/Action/Drama. Cast: Bruce McLaren, Mario Andretti, Jackie Stewart, Jack Brabham. Year: 2017. Rating: M. Length: 92 Minutes. Stars: ***½ Verdict: The story of Bruce McLaren, the New Zealander who founded the McLaren Motor Racing team. A man who showed the world that a man of humble beginnings could take on the elite of motor racing and win. In 2005 filmmaker Roger Donaldson paid homage to the achievements of New Zealand biker Burt Munro with the superb and acclaimed "The World's Fastest Indian" starring Anthony Hopkins. This time Roger Donaldson, the director of such films as "Sleeping Dogs," "The Bounty," "No Way Out," "Cocktail," "Dante's Peak" and "Thirteen Days" turns his sights in the form of a documentary on pioneering New Zealand racing legend, Bruce McLaren. Spoken by those who knew him best, along with a wealth of archival footage, this feature length documentary takes us through his all-too-short life from his humble beginnings in childhood battle with immobilising Legg-Perthes Disease, his early years in racing, to his triumphs in Formula One, the Indianapolis 500, the gruelling LeMans, legendary and groundbreaking racing car designs to his untimely death at the age of 32. Exhilarating, compelling, poignant, respectful and simply straight forward in approach, Roger Donaldson has created a fitting tribute to one of the greatest, most respected and most loved figures in the history of motor racing ... and like me, you don't have to be a petrol-head to be gripped by this extraordinary man and his story. FILM: THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS: Genre: Action/Crime/Thriller. Cast: Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Charlize Theron, Kurt Russell, Luke Evans, Tyrese Gibson - Helen Mirren (as the mother of Jason Statham's character Deckard). Details: 2017. Rating: M. Length: 136 Minutes. Stars: *** Verdict: Dom (Diesel) and Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) are on their honeymoon, but when a mysterious woman convinces him with an offer involving betrayal of those closest to him, the old gang is rounded up yet again, including some former enemies, to get him back. Just when you think you've seen it all through the previous outings from the "Fast and the Furious" team, they're back with even more, much more! More action, more car chases, more chaos, and surprisingly, more humour and lighter than other efforts, as they crisscross the globe to stop an anarchist from unleashing chaos on the world's stage. No Oscar acting honours here, it know exactly where it's going and exactly who to target, this is totally illogical 'escapist' entertainment that packs a punch! The cast all seem to be having great fun, including Helen Mirren in a brief appearance as the mother of Jason Statham's character Deckard, and even though the ego's of Diesel and Johnson reportedly clashed throughout. The engaging characters we've come to know over that past 16 years years again make this a big, dumb, macho, ridiculously illogical, highly enjoyable eye-popping fast and furious pedal to the metal thrill ride that doesn't fail to deliver. How are they going to top this one!

Rourke’s Reviews: KOFFIA 2017

● Aaron Poole and Daniel Fathers encounter some very strange opponents in the retro horror film The Void, out now on Blu-Ray and DVD. ■ The 8th Korean Film Festival members, terrifying creatures, and in Australia is upon us, and as usual even other dimensions. there is a strong line-up of dramas, Efficiently and imaginatively dicomedies, and thrillers, so there rected by Jeremy Gillespie and should be something to entertain Steven Kostanski, this old-school everyone. production is refreshingly lean and Out of the 24 films playing efficient, lacking the bloated excess around the nation (the festival that sinks many films today. kicked off in Sydney on August 17, Imagine John Carpenter's 1976 and finishes in Hobart on Septem- classic Assault On Precinct 13, but ber 23), 16 are screening in with an enemy that is decidedly Melbourne, at ACMI cinemas in more slimy and supernatural. Federation Square. RATING - **** Although I haven't seen a num- ■ Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. ber of the films playing this year, 2 (M). 137 minutes. Available now ones that I can recommend are: The on 4K, 3D, Blu-Ray and DVD. World Of Us (a superb look at the After the surprisingly entertainfriendship between two young chil- ing original, which subverted the dren); The Age Of Shadows (a styl- superhero formula enough to put it ish spy story from director Kim above the never-ending stream of Jee-woon); The Bacchus Lady (a Marvel/DC films flooding the marconfronting look at old age); Miss- ket now, Guardians Of The Galing (an absorbing abduction thriller); axy Vol. 2 is a considerably more The King (South Korea's answer patchy affair, weighed down by to The Wolf Of Wall Street); and family drama that rarely hits the The Map Against The World (a mark. period drama from blockbuster The main plot thread this time film-maker Kang Woo-suk). deals with Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) For more information, including finding out who his father is, while session times and ticket prices, the guardians themselves typically check online at become involved in a number of or, or contact elaborate, explosive encounters, ACMI on 8663 2200. Enjoy. always indulging in comically verOn a side note, if A Taxi Driver bal altercations. is still playing at Hoyts Melbourne The spark of the first film is Central, please rush and see it, as sadly absent, replaced instead with it is marvellous, with an outstand- expensive excess, overstuffed with ing performance by star Song characters and sequences that feel Kang-ho (The Host, Snowpiercer). extraneous or under-developed. ■ The Void (R). 90 minutes. AvailThe finale is especially proable now on Blu-Ray and DVD. tracted, going on for what seems An expertly crafted tribute to low like forever. budget horror films of the 1980s, The best sub-plot concerns the The Void is hugely entertaining, and changing relationship between riwill please fans who remember and vals Yondu (Michael Rooker) and love those flicks that have obviously Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooserved as a major inspiration (in- per), but it is frustratingly cut short. cluding From Beyond, The Thing, Kurt Russell adds panache as and Halloween 2). Ego, but is unfortunately limited by When police officer Daniel the material. Carter (Aaron Poole) brings a A disappointment from writer/ wounded stranger to an under- director James Gunn (Slither, Sustaffed hospital late one night, he per). unwittingly triggers a series of RATING - **½ events that involve hooded cult - Aaron Rourke

Top 10 Lists SEPTEMBER 3 -9 THE AUSTRALIAN BOX OFFICE TOP TEN: 1. AMERICAN MADE. 2. ANNABELLE: CREATION. 3. DUNKIRK. 4. THE DARK TOWER. 5. HAMPSTEAD. 6. MAYWEATHER VS. MCGREGOR. 7. LOGAN LUCKY. 8. CELEBRATE STUDIO GIBILI. 9. VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS. 10. THE BIG SICK. NEW RELEASES AND COMING SOON TO CINEMAS AROUND AUSTRALIA: AUGUST 31: ALI'S WEDDING, ALL SAINTS, GIFTED, GIRL'S TRIP, MIDNIGHT RUNNERS, SMALL TOWN KILLERS, THE HITMAN'S BODYGUARD, VOYAGE OF TIME: THE IMAX EXPERIENCE. SEPTEMBER 7: IT, NAMATJIRA PROJECT, THE DINNER, THE GLASS CASTLE, THE LOVERS, THE MIMIC, TOMMY'S HONOUR, TWENTY TWO. THE DVD AND BLU-RAY TOP RENTALS & SALES: 1. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: Volume 2 [Sci-Fi/Action/Adventure/Chris Pratt]. 2. JOHN WICK 2 [Action/Crime/Thriller/ Keanu Reeves, Ian McShane]. 3. FREE FIRE [Action/Crime/Comedy/ Sharlto Copley, Brie Larson, Armie Hammer]. 4. BAYWATCH [Action/Comedy/Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, Alexandra Daddario]. 5. ALIEN COVENANT [Action/Thriller/Sci-Fi/ Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston]. 6. THEIR FINEST [Comedy/Drama/Bill Nighy, Gemma Arterton, Richard E. Grant]. 7. COLOSSAL [Action/Comedy/Drama/Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis]. 8. GET OUT [Mystery/Thriller/Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford]. 9. KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD [Charlie Hunnam, Eric Bana, Jude Law]. Also: KONG: SKULL ISLAND, THE ZOOKEEPER'S WIFE, A DOG'S PURPOSE, SNATCHED, GHOST IN THE SHELL, DENIAL, BERLIN SYNDROME, GOING IN STYLE, T2: TRAINSPOTTING, LIFE. NEW RELEASE HIGHLIGHTS ON DVD THIS WEEK: THE MUMMY [Action/Adventure/Fantasy/Tom Cruise, Annabelle Wallis, Russell Crowe]. THE SHACK [Drama/Fantasy/Sam Worthington, Octavia Spencer]. WAKEFIELD [Drama/Bryan Cranston, Jennifer Garner, Beverly D'Angelo]. BECOMING BOND [Biography/Comedy/ George Lazenby, Josh Lawson]. NEW RELEASE HIGHLIGHTS ON BLU-RAY THIS WEEK: THE MUMMY [Action/Adventure/Fantasy/Tom Cruise, Annabelle Wallis, Russell Crowe]. THE SHACK [Drama/Fantasy/Sam Worthington, Octavia Spencer]. WAKEFIELD [Drama/Bryan Cranston, Jennifer Garner, Beverly D'Angelo]. THE WAR [Ken Burns/Documentary MiniSeries]. LAST DAYS IN VIETNAM [Documentary]. TABOO: Season 1 [Tom Hardy]. THE HINDENBURG [Adventure/Drama/History/George C. Scott, Anne Bancroft]. NEW & RE-RELEASE AND CLASSIC MOVIES HIGHLIGHTS: THE HINDENBURG [Adventure/Drama/History/George C. Scott, Anne Bancroft]. NEW RELEASE TELEVISION, DOCUMENTARY AND MUSIC HIGHLIGHTS: THE WAR [Ken Burns/Documentary MiniSeries]. LAST DAYS IN VIETNAM [Documentary]. TABOO: Season 1 [Tom Hardy]. HEARTLAND: Season 10. THE FLASH: Season 3. BLUE HEALERS: Collection 2. ANIMAL KINGDOM: Season 1. PRISONER: Season 8. - James Sherlock

Melbourne Observer. September 6, 2017  
Melbourne Observer. September 6, 2017  

Melbourne Observer. September 6, 2017