SILENCE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Martin Scorsese Stars: Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson, Ciaran Hinds, Issei Ogata, Yosuke Kubozuka, Tadanobu Asano, Yoshi Oida. The Passion Of Scorsese? Religion and questions of faith, belief, sin, redemption and the human condition have been consistent themes in the films of Oscar winning director Martin Scorsese, particularly in his The Last Temptation Of Christ and his Kundun. And those themes are again front and centre in his latest film Silence, which is something of a passion project for Scorsese. The film is Continue reading

HIDDEN FIGURES

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Theodore Melfi Stars: Taraji P Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kevin Costner, Jim Parsons, Kirtsen Dunst, Glen Powell, Mahershala Ali, Aldis Hodge, Kimberly Quinn, Olek Krupa, Ken Strunk, Kurt Krause. The Help at NASA? Of all the nine films nominated for Best Film at this year’s Oscars, the inspirational and feel good true life drama Hidden Figures is also the biggest crowd pleaser and the most accessible. Based on Margot Lee Shatterly’s non-fiction book about a trio of African-American women who worked on the NASA Continue reading

A FEW LESS MEN – interview with Xavier Samuel

by GREG KING Xavier Samuel reunites with co-stars Kris Marshall and Kevin Bishop for this sequel to the Aussie comedy A Few Best Men. This sequel sends our three friends on an unusual road journey in which they encounter some eccentric characters and learn about loyalty and friendship. The film was directed by Mark Lamprell and shot on location in Western Australian. Greg spoke to Xavier about the film and reuniting with his co-stars. “We had such a great time on the first film that I was just excited to be involved again,” enthuses the very busy Australian actor Continue reading

FENCES

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Denzel Washington Stars: Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen Henderson, Mykelti Williamson, Russell Hornsby, Jovan Adepo, Saniyya Sidney. Pittsburgh in the 1950s. Troy Maxson (Denzel Washington) is a middle-aged man struggling to get by, and he is bitter and resentful of his past, his failures and missed opportunities. He spent some time in prison, and his baseball career never really took off. He takes much of his frustrations out on his long-suffering wife Rose (Viola Davis, from Doubt, etc) and teenaged son Cory (newcomer Continue reading

TONI ERDMANN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Maren Ade Stars: Peter Simonischek, Sandra Huller, Michael Wittenborn. This offbeat and decidedly oddball absurdist German comedy about the dysfunctional relationship between a father and his workaholic daughter has been a hit on the festival circuit and is a clear favourite to collect an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. Winifried Conradi (veteran Austrian actor Peter Simonischek) is a dishevelled, divorced, sixty something former music teacher with a generous nature, a big heart and a love for practical jokes. But his Continue reading