Silver Screen Queens

Reviewing movies and the culture that surrounds them.

  • Every Wednesday
  • Averages around 46 minutes

60: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Published 16 July 2014 • 45 minutes, 52 seconds

The Simian virus from 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes has wreaked havoc on humans, and let apes advance. Ten years later, low on fuel, humans start to infringe on ape territory.

59: A League of Their Own

Published 9 July 2014 • 35 minutes, 56 seconds

With a few quiet weeks at the cinema, Mel and Katie decided to take a look at some films directed by women. We start with this 1992 Penny Marshall-helmed classic starring Geena Davis, Madonna, Rosie O’Donnell and Tom Hanks about the women’s professional baseball league set up during World War Two.

58: 22 Jump Street

Published 2 July 2014 • 32 minutes, 11 seconds

Dynamic crime fighting duo Jenko and Schmidt return from their undercover adventure busting high school drug dealers to bust drug dealers in college. It’s so meta, it could be described as heavy meta.

57: How to Train Your Dragon 2

Published 26 June 2014 • 32 minutes, 32 seconds

Set five years after the charming 2010 original, Hiccup and his dragon Toothless discover that there are more humans interacting with dragons than they ever knew.

56: Edge of Tomorrow

Published 18 June 2014 • 31 minutes, 22 seconds

Somehow, Tom Cruise pitched Saving Private Ryan meets District 9 meets Groundhog Day and somehow it works. We think it has something to do with Emily Blunt’s muscles.

55: The Fault in Our Stars

Published 11 June 2014 • 42 minutes, 33 seconds

It’s the weepy teen romance for this generation, a tumblr favourite featuring it-kids Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort as teenagers with cancer who meet in support group and fall in love. Laura Dern as Woodley’s mother is the hero of the movie for your old-lady reviewers.

54: Maleficent

Published 4 June 2014 • 57 minutes, 17 seconds

Angelina Jolie stars as the ‘bad’ fairy from Disney’s Sleeping Beauty, now given the chance to tell her own story anew. Queen Angelina rules this film while Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley and Sam Riley bask in her glow.

53: X-Men: Days of Future Past

Published 28 May 2014 • 42 minutes, 29 seconds

Two generations of mutants team up for time travel shenanigans and 1970s haircuts and some hardcore alternate universe retrospective continuity. Lots happens, and James McAvoy steals the show.

52: The Lego Movie

Published 21 May 2014 • 32 minutes, 17 seconds

A surprise hit on its February release, The Lego Movie didn’t make it to Australia for two months. With the iTunes/Blu-ray/DVD release imminent, we take a look.

51: Belle

Published 14 May 2014 • 33 minutes, 36 seconds

Belle is based on the real life story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy admiral and a slave called Maria Belle, raised by her aristocratic great uncle Lord Mansfield, best known as the Lord Chief Justice who ruled slavery illegal in England. Belle negotiates coming of age as an aristocratic woman of colour in Georgian England as another of her uncle’s important anti-slavery cases playing out in the background.