Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Woody Allen Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Steve Carell, Corey Stoll, Ken Stott, Jeannie Berlin, Blake Lively, Parker Posey. Now 81 years old and entering his sixth decade as a filmmaker, Woody Allen is still a prolific director. Over the years his output has been a bit hit and miss, with Midnight In Paris not only his best film in the 21st century but a high point of his career. His latest film, while entertaining and enjoyable enough, is lightweight and fairly forgettable stuff and doesn't reach the heights of that Continue reading


Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Mike Flanagan Stars: Elizabeth Reaser, Annalise Basso, Lulu Wilson, Henry Thomas, Doug Jones, Lin Shaye, Parker Mack. The original Ouija, released in 2014, cost some $5 million to produce and ended up grossing some $100 million at the box office, so it's no wonder that production company BlumHouse went back to the well for a second helping. But as the title suggests, Ouija: Origin Of Evil is more of a prequel than a sequel, but in terms of scares and delivering the goods it is far superior to the original. The film is set in Los Continue reading


Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Te Arepa Kahi. Recorded by the Patea Maori Choir in 1984, Poi E was an infectious song that became a cultural phenomenon and a cultural touchstone for the Maori people. It was the first song in the traditional Maori language to top the charts in New Zealand. It topped the charts for four consecutive weeks and even outsold Michael Jackson's Thriller album. It has remained in the charts for nearly thirty years. This lovingly made documentary is a celebration of the song and its impact over thirty years. Director Te Arepa Continue reading


Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Nicholas Verso Stars: Toby Wallace, Justin Holobrow, Gullver McGrath, Mitzi Ruhlmann. Boys In The Trees is another local coming of age story that joins a growing number of recent Australian films exploring familiar themes of the pain of growing up, friendship, angst, romance, the loss of innocence, memory. However, this one is suffused with a surreal quality, quirky touches and an unsettling supernatural element. It has been described as The Lost Boys meets Donnie Darko, a rather apt description. It is set in suburban Adelaide on Continue reading

HACKSAW RIDGE – interviews

by GREG KING Hacksaw Ridge tells the story of Desmond Doss, a conscientious objector who enlisted in the US Army to serve as a medic during WWII. He was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honour for his heroic actions on Okinawa, where he rescued some 75 soldiers from the battlefield while under heavy artillery fire. This is Mel Gibson's first film as a director since Apocalypto a decade ago. It features a cast of great Australian actors like Sam Worthington, Hugo Weaving, Teresa Palmer alongside Andrew Garfield and Vince Vaughn. Greg speaks to Firass Dirani (from the Continue reading