Every week, Y reviews the newest movies in town. This week it’s Woman In Gold, Always Watching: A Marble Hornets Story, Survivor, A Mouse Tale and Jurassic World.
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Woman In Gold
True stories are always potential movie gold – and the source material for Woman In Gold is 18 carat. It tells the remarkable true story of one woman’s journey to reclaim her heritage and seek justice for her family.
Sixty years after being forced to flee her native Vienna during World War Two, elderly Jewish woman Maria Altmann (Helen Mirren) sets out to get back the five paintings stolen from her family by the Nazis, including Gustav Klimt’s famous masterpiece The Woman in Gold, a portrait of Maria’s aunt Adele Bloch-Bauer.
With her young and inexperienced lawyer, Randy (Ryan Reynolds), they take on the Austrian establishment, all the way to the US Supreme Court. It means Maria has to return to Vienna and confront her own demons, including leaving behind the parents she never saw again when she escaped.
Oscar-winner Mirren is in terrific form, capturing the inner torment of a woman returning to her past, while Reynolds does strong work too. There are some tear-jerk moments of poignancy in a film that packs an emotional punch, although disappointingly not as much as it perhaps should.
Review by Kate Ginn
Always Watching: A Marble Hornets Story
Written by Ian Shorr and directed by James Moran, this is based on the popular online alternative reality game, The Slender Man. A small- town news crew finds a collection of video tapes in a strange house. The content of the tapes shocks them: a faceless man in a dark suit haunting and terrorising a family, driving them off the edge of sanity. Soon after discovering the tapes, the team realises that the “Operator” (Doug Jones) is stalking them. Not for those of a nervous disposition.
While attempting to prevent a terrorist attack targetting New York, a US embassy official in London, Kate Abbott, (Milla Jovovich) is forced to go into hiding after being framed for crimes she did not commit. In a change from being on the good side as 007, Pierce Brosnan has fun playing a sinister snarling assassin. Director James McTeigue does his best, but it’s all a bit lumbering.
Kids Choice: A Mouse Tale
To save their kingdom from evil rodents, two young mice, Sebastian and Samantha (voiced by Nickelodeon stars Drake Bell and Miranda Cosgrove), go on a quest in the forbidden world of giants to find a legendary magic crystal that has the power to restore order to their homeland. Old hand Tom Arnold does a nice turn as Dalliwog the Wizard, in a charming animated adventure, which will delight small and big kids.
Preview: Jurassic World
It’s been 22 years since the original classic Jurassic Park roared like a T-Rex onto screens and now we are back with a bigger dinosaur theme park and even bigger scaly monsters. With visitor numbers declining, the corporate bods want a new attraction, which goes horribly wrong.
Chris Pratt is the dinosaur-fighting hero.