Leigh Paatsch



Too many sack­able of­fences. US, 85 min We are now far enough into the ca­reer of Melissa McCarthy to see that a pat­tern has formed. Her solo-star­ring com­edy ve­hi­cles can be filed away as ei­ther ba­si­cally bear­able (Spy, The Heat) or badly botched (Tammy, Iden­tity Thief). Un­der this easy-to-use sys­tem, it doesn’t take long to work out where McCarthy’s latest ef­fort be­longs. The Boss is a bit of a stinker: a con­sis­tently sloppy and oc­ca­sion­ally mean af­fair that mis­matches its star’s abil­ity to try any­thing for a laugh with its au­di­ence’s will­ing­ness to laugh at ev­ery­thing she does. McCarthy plays Michelle Dar­nell, a dis­graced businesswoman look­ing to re­build her lost em­pire by tak­ing over a Girl Scout Cookie op­er­a­tion. Tellingly, and de­press­ingly, the exit point for many a sketchy scene is sim­ply McCarthy say­ing some­thing in­ap­pro­pri­ate in the com­pany of young chil­dren or bet­ter­be­haved adults. Gen­eral re­lease Too much doesn’t quite wing true. UK, 98 min He came. He soared. He fin­ished stone, moth­er­less last. That was the Ed­die “The Ea­gle” Ed­wards’ ex­pe­ri­ence as Great Bri­tain’s first-ever com­pet­i­tive Olympic ski jumper in 1988. So glo­ri­ously con­spic­u­ous was the man’s in­com­pe­tence that world­wide cult hero­ism was the only pos­si­ble out­come. Though gifted a highly orig­i­nal tale full of stuff you just couldn’t make up, di­rec­tor Dex­ter Fletcher and his screen­writ­ers have in­ex­pli­ca­bly made up their own stuff. And with each em­bel­lish­ment, the more un­o­rig­i­nal (and un­re­li­able) the tale of Ed­die the Ea­gle (played as a fear­less For­rest Gump by a mis­cast Taron Eger­ton) be­comes. The most glar­ing ex­am­ple is Bron­son Peary, who be­comes Ed­die’s coach early in the movie. Peary is a colour­ful piece of work as played by Hugh Jack­man: a chainsmok­ing al­co­holic with a zinger for every oc­ca­sion. There is just one prob­lem. Bron­son Peary never ex­isted. With much of the movie chewed up by his bat­tle with the booze and un­con­ven­tional train­ing tips, that’s a big prob­lem. Gen­eral re­lease No need to read. Just look at the pic­tures! US, 96 min Some­times looks are in­deed ev­ery­thing. Most view­ers will heartily agree once they lay eyes on the as­ton­ish­ing visual spec­ta­cle of The Jun­gle Book, which takes the pho­to­re­al­is­tic tech­niques used in the ground­break­ing The Life Of Pi, and lifts them to a whole new level. Such is the im­me­di­acy and au­then­tic­ity of The Jun­gle Book’s spell­bind­ing im­agery that you barely notice the sto­ry­telling never quite comes to­gether in the same sat­is­fy­ing way. While di­rec­tor Jon Favreau has cher­ryp­icked a few fresh elements from the many Jun­gle Book tales penned by Rud­yard Ki­pling, this new adap­ta­tion takes its struc­tural cues from the an­i­mated Dis­ney fam­ily fave from 1967. New­comer Neel Sethi plays Mowgli, the imp­ish man-cub on an odyssey back to civil­i­sa­tion af­ter be­ing raised by wolves. The screen­play gets a lit­tle drab at times, which will make view­ers all the more thank­ful for the colour­ful in­ter­jec­tions of Bill Murray as Baloo the bear. Gen­eral re­lease Lights, cam­era, good­bye. Italy, 106 min For much of the past two decades, Nanni Moretti (We Have a Pope, The Caiman) has been the only Ital­ian film­maker able to con­nect with Aus­tralian au­di­ences on a reg­u­lar ba­sis. His core fol­low­ing will be more than an sat­is­fied with Moretti’s latest


They are di­vided. We are con­quered. nquered. US, 148 min It was only a month ago thathat DC Comics’ Bat­man V Superman slugfest left the e planet feel­ing they’d been forced to chug a con­crete smoothie. hie. Now it is Mar­vel En­ter­tain­ment’s turn to blendlend up a multi-hero grudge match and, man, does it go down n so much bet­ter. Like the best block­busters of the mod­ern rn era, CACW can be as deep or as mean­ing­less as you want it to be. There is such a pre­cise bal­ance struck here re be­tween brainy myth­mak­ing and brawny earth-shak­ing -shak­ing that re­sis­tance is use­less. The movie wastes no time in stir­ring up a six-a-side -a-side scuf­fle be­tween op­pos­ing g Avenger­saligned squads coached by y Captain Amer­ica (Chris Evans) andd Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr). The di­vide be­tween the war­ring fac­tions ons has more to do with a com­plexx dif­fer­ence of opin­ion on global de­fence nce pol­icy than any­thing as sim­ple ass pure spite. Ev­ery­where you look,ok, there’s a brand-name su­per­hero (in­clud­ing a newer, younger Spi­der-Man, Man, and the wel­come re­turn of Ant-Man) t-Man) kick­ing butt, crack­ing wise e and, yes, sav­ing the world. Co-stars stars Scar­lett Jo­hans­son. Gen­eral re­lease work, even if it falls slightly short of his best out­put. Margherita (Margherita Buy) is a con­trol-freak di­rec­tor in the midst of com­plet­ing a dif­fi­cult new movie project when she gets word her mother is slowly dy­ing. While her brother Gio­vanni (played by Moretti) self­lessly “opts in” to the painful process of bid­ding farewell to an age­ing par­ent, Margherita’s self-ob­sessed ten­den­cies are dis­tract­ing her from fac­ing the in­evitable. Fur­ther block­ing a much-needed re­al­ity check for Margherita is the nig­gling pres­ence of Barry (John Tur­turro), a mer­cu­rial Amer­i­can ac­tor whose tal­ent isn’t match­ing his rep­u­ta­tion. While Tur­turro’s comic in­ter­jec­tions are a wel­come relief from a som­bre main plot, the film’s el­e­gantly low-key hu­man in­sights are what will leave the most last­ing im­pres­sion. Gen­eral re­lease Every small step can be a great leap for­ward. Aus­tralia, 90 min “If your mind can do it, then your body can do it.” These were the words spo­ken by Bar­ney Miller at age 20. In this in­spi­ra­tional documentary, we learn he has spent every day of the 17 years since do­ing his best to live up to those words. Af­ter a hor­rific car ac­ci­dent left Miller writ­ten off by medi­cos as a quad­ri­plegic for life, this livewire from NSW’s north­ern beaches un­der­stand­ably took the news hard. How­ever, af­ter break­ing out of a dam­ag­ing cy­cle of hard-partying and self­pi­ty­ing, Miller be­came a man on a mis­sion. He would set goals. And he would re­alise them. Lit­tle things we take for granted mean the world to Miller. Things like stand­ing unas­sisted. Or go­ing for a surf. With the aid of clever, re­source­ful friends and a de­voted part­ner, Miller keeps get­ting these lit­tle things done in ways that are bringing him closer to his big­gest goal of all: walk­ing again. Screens to­day and to­mor­row at Event Cine­mas — Mi­randa, Bondi, Ko­tara. Bunny changes ev­ery­thing. US, 108 min “I came here to make the world a bet­ter place,” says the fluffy lit­tle hero­ine of Zooto Zootopia. “But I think I broke it.” There is no need for Of­fi­cer Judy Hopps (voiced by Gin­nifer Go Good­win) to be so hard on her­self. Af­ter all, she is the first rab­bit pa­trolp cop in his­tory. More im­por im­por­tantly, she is the face of a wo won­der­ful an­i­mated movie that w will make cine­mas a bet­ter place in the weeks ahead. This imp im­pres­sive all-ages com­edy-adve com­edy-ad­ven­ture — set in an ide­alised, hum hu­man-free fu­ture, where an­i­mals of all species have learned tot live as one — is funny, in­ven in­ven­tive, thought-pro­vok­ing and mag­nif­i­cently il­lus­trated.il­lust From a dis­tance, it might seem like just an­oth­er­a­not one of those talk­ing-crea­turetalk­ing-crea fea­tures that have flooded the car­toon mar­ketma since Shrek and Mada­gas­car.Madag But there is a depth and daz­zling cre­ativ­i­ty­crea to Zootopi­aZoo thattha keep com­ingco to theth fore. Gen­er­alG re­leasere

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