Film Screening 8th May, 2011

Poster for How Do You Know

How Do You Know 

6:00 PM, 8th May, 2011

  • M
  • 121 mins
  • 2010
  • James L. Brooks
  • James L. Brooks
  • Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson, Paul Rudd, Jack Nicholson

** DUE TO CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND OUR CONTROL, THIS SCREENING HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR SUNDAY 8 MAY AT 6 PM. CLICK http://www.anufg.org.au/read/6104/screening-change-how-do-you-know.html[HERE] FOR MORE DETAILS. **

After being cut from a professional softball team by its newly appointed coach, Lisa (Witherspoon) soon finds herself past her prime and with a lot of free time. Enough time it seems to find herself not just one, but two, potential suitors.

On one hand, we have George (Rudd), a bland but well-intentioned corporate executive. Future prospects are slim, however, as he just so happens to be under investigation for stock fraud and will most likely end up in jail on a technicality, thanks in no part to his conniving father and boss, Charles (Nicholson).

On the other, Matty Reynolds (Wilson) seems like a much more attractive option. A major-league baseball pitcher with a multi-million dollar contract and a swanky penthouse apartment, Matty seems like the perfect man. That is, if you ignore his womanising, sex-addicted, narcissistic ways.

Sooner than you can wonder why the film's title is missing a question mark, a love triangle is formed as the characters simultaneously negotiate their own personal dilemmas as well as their complicated relationships with each other.

How Do You Know is the latest offering from writer-director James L. Brooks, master of the character-driven dramedy. Here, he's joined by a quartet of terrifically charismatic and watchable actors and together they elevate the film to more than just a very expensive two-hour sitcom - approximately half of the US$100 million budget was spent on Brooks and the principal cast's salaries. Unconventional, complex and thoroughly entertaining, this is one film you know you should see.

Adrian Ma

Poster for Burlesque

Burlesque 

8:00 PM, 8th May, 2011

  • M
  • 119 mins
  • 2010
  • Steve Antin
  • Steve Antin
  • Cher, Christina Aguilera, Eric Dane, Cam Gigandet

** DUE TO CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND OUR CONTROL, THIS SCREENING HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR SUNDAY 8 MAY AT APPROXIMATELY 8:15 PM. CLICK http://www.anufg.org.au/read/6104/screening-change-how-do-you-know.html[HERE] FOR MORE DETAILS. **

Somewhere in LA, just off the Sunset Strip, Tess (Cher) owns a Burlesque club. Unlike most, it features a complete lack of nudity. But it makes up for it in one small-town-girl called Ali (Aguilera), with big dreams who's about to find out she has a surprisingly spectacular singing voice. With fame and fortune descending on Ali, can she remain true to her small-town values and keep the club afloat?

Movie clich├ęs are fun, dammit! You may be able to recite every single plot turn of this film before going in, but the entertainment is in the execution. With enough glamour, style, and diva-tastic-ness to outshine Mardi Gras, and with a supporting cast of capable scene-stealers (Stanley Tucci in particular gets the best out of his sardonic quips), this is pure entertainment full of big singing, flashy dancing and a fair few giggles - intentional and otherwise.

Simon Tolhurst