A WALK IN THE WOODS
(US/UK, 2015) Dir: Ken Kwapis. Stars Robert Redford, Nick Nolte. The ripe chemistry between Robert Redford and Nick Nolte makes this hybrid adventure and buddy movie into a thoroughly enjoyable outing. Moreover, it is very funny, with as many laughs as there are mishaps on the Appalachian Trail, says Louise.
(Aust, 2015) Dir: Deane Taylor. Voice cast: Ryan Kwanten, Rufus Sewell, Robin McLeavy, Toni Collette, David Wenham, Deborah Mailman, Richard Roxburgh, Barry Otto, Barry Humphries. "It's a colourful, high spirited tale with endearing characters, non stop action and plenty of heart, as Australia's favourite koala embarks on a grand Outback adventure in search of his missing father," says Louise.
US, 2015) Dir: Baltasar Kormakur. Stars Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Robin Wright, Michael Kelly, Sam Worthington, Keira Knightley, Emily Watson and Jake Gyllenhaal. "The mountain is the star in this high-altitude 3D drama in which life and death lurks around every treacherous corner," says Louise. "The grand, operatic beauty of the mountain range is superbly captured, as tiny morsels of humanity crawl up its sheer walls of ice and snow," says Andrew.
(US, 2015) Dir: Nancy Meyers. Stars Anne Hathaway, Robert De Niro. "Anne Hathaway lights up the screen in this likeable comedy in which work, purpose, life and love come under the magnifying glass," says Louise.
LAST CAB TO DARWIN
(Aust, 2015) Dir: Jeremy Sims Stars Michael Caton, Ningali Lawford-Wolf, David Field, John Howard and Jackie Weaver. "It's well meaning and there is no shortage of heart, yet Jeremy Sims' film never quite delivers the warm package it intends. To its credit, it excels at observations of Australian culture, attitudes and behavior, but false notes prise us out of the overlong narrative," says Louise.
(UK, France, US, 2015) Dir: Justin Kurzel. Stars Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard. "A powerful visceral statement in which imagery and music almost overshadow the dialogue, Justin Kurzel's Macbeth is a stunning and ambitious piece of cinema," says Louise. "Mood and tone are everything .. and what better than music and sound to drive that home in tandem with the images," says Andrew.
(US, 2015) Dir: Ridley Scott. Stars Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jeff Daniels. "Humour is the unexpected bonus of this thrilling space rescue adventure that offers a bit of everything, as it keeps us on edge throughout," says Louise. "This is a crowd pleaser on a grand scale and I certainly admire the craftsmanship and the cinematic values, although I could have wished for clearer exposition at times," says Andrew.
(Aust, 2015) Dir: Stuart McDonald. Stars Sarah Snook, Alan Tudyk, Coco Jack Gillies, Deborah Mailman, Terry Camilleri, Shane Jacobson. "There's plenty to like in this endearing Australian film about a chicken farmer named Swampy from the coastal town of Warrnambool, whose his unruly dog Oddball incredibly protects a wild penguin sanctuary from fox attacks. Based on a true story, director Stuart McDonald injects humour and heart into the tale," says Louise.
(US, 2015) Dir: Denis Villeneuve. Stars Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro. "The pitch of Sicario's intensity is like a scream, underlined by the film's ominous score as it deliberates its moral quandary," says Louise. "The team of American writer/actor Taylor Sheridan, Canadian director Denis Villeneuve, English cinematographer Roger Deakins and Icelandic composer Jóhan Jóhansson have made a combustion of a movie, pushing the sub genre of Mexican drug wars to thrilling new limits," says Andrew.
(US, 2015) Dir: M. Night Shyamalan. Stars Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould, Deanna Dunagan, Peter McRobbie, Kathryn Hahn. "The second best thing about The Visit is the surprise twist in the story; the best thing is its sense of humour, which makes it possible even for those like me who don't take to the horror genre (much less to M Night Shayamalan's recent films) to get something out of it.," says Andrew.