Movie Review: RIPD

Being murdered by your best friend is a pretty crappy way to start your day, as former Boston Police Officer Nick Walker (Ryan Reynolds) would be able to tell you. His partner, Bobby Hayes (Kevin Bacon), shot him in the face after discovering he wanted to hand in the gold they stole from a crime scene. Nick finds himself being sucked into the afterlife, but at the last minute he is drawn into an office. It turns out he should have been headed for Hell, but he’s been chosen to join the RIPD, or Rest In Peace Department, instead. After being partnered with 1880s era US-Marshall Roy Pulsipher (Jeff Bridges), Nick returns to Boston, where he discovers the gold that led to his death might just lead to the end of the world, unless he and Roy can defeat some new enemies, and some unexpected old ones.

I went into RIPD with low expectations, based on the dismal reviews and box office earnings it received in its US run, but am pleased to report that I really and truly enjoyed the film.

It was the kind of movie you could watch without thinking (aka perfect for a busy uni student like me) but it wasn’t completely mindless. It was extremely funny, with some lines still making me laugh now, three days after seeing the film.

Jeff Bridges as Roy was the definite stand out of the movie. Almost everything he said had me in stitches, and that’s before the comedy that came from his earthly form being a busty woman. Some may accuse the humour of being low-brow, nobody could accuse it of being anything less than hilarious.

RIPD is not Oscar quality. It does not offer any deep realisations on the human condition. It is not beautiful, or spectacular, or any of the other gorgeous cinematic phrases you can think of. But it is fun, and enjoyable, and the kind of movie you can watch with your friends and a choc top and have a fun time. And really, what more could you ask for?

RIPD is out now in Australian cinemas through Universal Pictures.

Rating: 3.5/5

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Movie Review: The Mortal Instruments – City Of Bones

Harry Potter Clary Fray is a regular girl, living a slightly boring life in England Toronto Brooklyn. Then on her eleventh birthday, Hagrid a strange man appears at her door and tells her that she’s not a muggle mundane, but is in fact a wizard shadowhunter. Turns out her mum didn’t die in a car accident isn’t actually an artist, she’s hiding from her life as a super powerful witch shadowhunter. An enigmatic blonde boy, Draco Malfoy Jace Wayland, takes her to Hogwarts The Institute, a crazy castle hidden from muggle mundane viewing. Harry Clary gets introduced to the knowledgable old English mentor, Dumbledore Hodge, and then she gets taken to the Chamber Of Secrets City Of Bones to try and discover more about her past. Some confusing things happen, and then all of a sudden Darth Vader Valentine appears and is all “Luke Clary, I am your father”. Hey, it turns out that Luke and Leia Clary and Jace who have spent most of the film falling in love are actually siblings. Ha! And that’s what you missed on Glee Harry Potter Star Wars The City Of Bones.

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Movie Review: We’re The Millers

David (Jason Sudeikis) is a small-time drug dealer who lives in the same building as stripper Rose (Jennifer Aniston) and awkward teen Kenny (Will Poulter). One night, he intervenes when he witnesses Kenny attempting to protect local runaway Casey (Emma Roberts), and ends up being robbed of his stash and cash by the thugs. His supplier, Brad (Ed Helmes) offers him an ultimatum: go to Mexico to pick up a “smidge” of marijuana, or face the consequences.

After witnessing the attitude of the police towards a family in an RV, David decides that taking a fake family on his drug smuggling mission is the ultimate way to not get caught. And so he hires Rose, Kenny, and Casey to play his fake family, they grab an RV, and off they go.

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Movie Review: The Way Way Back

We all remember the awkwardness of being fourteen. For Duncan (Liam James), just being fourteen isn’t bad enough, he also has to deal with his mum’s new boyfriend (Steve Carell) who thinks Duncan is a 3/10, and spending summer at a beach house where his mum (Toni Collette) abandons him to drink and get high with her new summer friends.

But there’s his next door neighbour for the summer, Susanna (AnnaSophia Robb), who shows him that he’s not the only one with an imperfect life, and the employees at the water park he stumbles upon, including Owen (Sam Rockwell), who show him there’s more to life than watching the world spin by without you.

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Movie Review: The World’s End

When Gary King (Simon Pegg) and his four best friends, Andy, (Nick Frost), Oliver “O-Man” (Martin Freeman), Steven (Paddy Considine), and Peter (Eddie Marsan) finished high school in 1990, they attempted to complete the “golden mile”, or drinking a pint at each of the twelve pubs in their town. They made it through nine before giving up, but Gary never stopped considering it the best night of his life.

Fast forward twenty three years, and Gary hasn’t changed. The problem is, his friends have. All in corporate jobs, most with a wife and kids, Gary decides something needs to happen. Rounding them up, one by one, Gary tells them they’re going back to Newton Haven and finally making it to “The World’s End”, the final pub in the golden mile.

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Watch: Catching Fire Trailer

I fell in love with The Hunger Games in 2010, and was 100% stoked when I found out they were making the series into a film trilogy.

After the brilliant 2012 release of The Hunger Games, I couldn’t wait for Catching Fire to hurry up and hit our screens. While it doesn’t come out until November, here’s the first official trailer to get us screaming in excitement:

I just can’t with the perfection of these films (did someone say Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth – YUM!), but basically, after watching the trailer, I only have two words: Finnick. Odair. (Be still my heart!)

Four months, guys. We can do this.

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Movie Review: Man of Steel

By Stephanie Marinkovic

I have never been a huge Superman fan. Sure, I enjoyed both Brandon Routh’s portrayal in 2006 and Christopher Reeve’s Superman from the 70s/80s but unlike other superhero movies (basically all the Marvel ones) they have never brought out the extreme fangirl side of me. Man of Steel, however, has almost become my new fangirl-y obsession but there were a few things that I think could have been done better.

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