HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 1

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: David Yates Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Ralph Fiennes, Bill Nighy, Timothy Spall, Jason Isaacs, Rhys Ifans, John Hurt, Helen McCrory, Imelda Staunton, Michael Gambon, Peter Mullan . “These are dark times,” remarks a character in this seventh installment of the lucrative Harry Potter franchise. Indeed, it’s time for Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) and his best friends Hermione (Emma Watson) and Ron (Rupert Grint) to put away childish things as they are thrust into a more adult world away from the comforts and Continue reading

LIFE AS WE KNOW IT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: George Berlanti Stars: Josh Duhamel, Katherine Heigl, The premise of the most unlikely people being unexpectedly thrust into the role of parenthood and having to bring up someone else’s baby is not new. Previously we have had Three Men And A Baby, in which carefree bachelors Ted Danson, Tom Selleck and Steve Guttenberg raised a baby abandoned by a former girlfriend. In Baby Boom, Diane Keaton played high powered businesswomen who inherited a baby from a distant cousin and whose hard nosed exterior was changed by the experience. Continue reading

A FEW BEST MEN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Stephan Elliott Stars: Xavier Samuel, Laura Brent, Tim Draxl, Kevin Bishop, Jonathan Biggins, Olivia Newton-John, Steve Le Marquand, Kris Marshall, Rebel Wilson. In the early '70s Australian filmmakers gave the British public a taste of some uniquely Australian larrikin humour with films like The Adventures Of Barry McKenzie and Barry McKenzie Holds His Own, which traded on crude cultural stereotypes and distinctly Ocker humour. Now nearly four decades on, the British have returned the favour, exporting some boorish British boys Continue reading

JOURNEY TO MECCA

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Bruce Neibaur. Based on the journal written by Ibn Battutah, a 14th century law student who made the epic but dangerous pilgrimage to the holy shrine at Mecca. He set out from Tangiers in 1325 and returned to Morocco almost 30 years later, having travelled 4500 miles, across some 40 countries, during his epic journey. Produced under the auspices of National Geographic, this 45-minute semi-documentary film offers dramatic re-enactments of his trip. Battutah faced harsh conditions, bandits, thirst and Continue reading

PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman Stars: Katie Featherstone, Sprague Garden, Chloe Cserngey, Jessica Tyler Brown, Lauren Bittner, Christopher Nicholas Smith, Johanna Braddy, Dennis Ingram. Audiences can expect more of the same from this third instalment of the ultra low budget horror franchise that has kicked goals at the box office. Shot for a paltry $15,000, the first Paranormal Activity was released in 2007 and became a sleeper hit that grossed some $200 million at the box office. The second film was also very successful, but Continue reading