THE HOUSEMAID

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Im Sang-soo Stars: Do-yeon Jeon, Seo Woo, Park Ji-Young, Youn Yeo-Jeong Lee (played by Do-yeon Jeon) is a poor worker who labours in a restaurant kitchen and shares a small cramped apartment with her best friend. She is hired to become the nanny for a high powered attorney and his wife, and goes to live in their opulent house. But with his wife heavily pregnant with twins, Hoon (Lee Jung-jae) is forced to look elsewhere to fulfil his sexual needs, and before long he is spending far too much time in Lee’s bed. This arouses the Continue reading

TRON: LEGACY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Joseph Kosinski Stars: Garrett Hedlund, Jeff Bridges, Olivia Wilde In 1982, the high concept sci-fi film Tron used then cutting-edge computer generated imagery to take us inside a cybernetic world. Back then the whole CGI process was still in its infancy, but the film was ahead of its time. With the recent advances in both CGI and 3D technology, the time seems right to revisit that artificial world. So here is the belated and unnecessary sequel, Tron: Legacy. The film is set some twenty years after the original. Computer games Continue reading

THE CHANGE-UP

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: David Dobkin Stars: Jason Bateman, Ryan Reynolds, Leslie Mann, Alan Arkin, Olivia Wilde. In the classic To Kill A Mockingbird, Atticus Finch (Gregory Peck) says: “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view--until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” That philosophy has driven a number of role-swapping comedies in which people come to learn some truths about themselves and the people around them when they magically swap identities. Films like Freaky Friday (the Jodie Foster Continue reading

GET THE GRINGO

Reviewed by GREG KING Director:  Adrian Grunberg Stars: Mel Gibson, Daniel Gimenez Cacho. Peter Stormare, Bob Gunton, Peter Gerety, Dolores Heredia, Kevin Hernandez. Get The Gringo is an unusual and violent prison drama that marks a return to form of sorts for Mel Gibson as the flawed action hero. Most of the action takes place inside Mexico’s notorious El Pueblito prison in Tijuana, a corrupt hellhole which is run by the inmates and in which virtually anything can be bought – sex, weapons, drugs. It is “the world’s shittiest mall,” as Gibson’s character Continue reading

MR POPPER’S PENGUINS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Mark Waters Stars: Jim Carrey, Angela Lansbury, Carla Gugino, Maxwell Perry Cotton, Madeline Carroll, Olivia Lovibond, Clark Gregg, David Krumholtz. Audiences seem to have a fascination with penguins on screen. The delightful animated Happy Feet was a huge box office success, and we reveled in the scene stealing antics of the penguins in the animated Madagascar series. And of course we marveled at the documentary March Of The Penguins. This latest Jim Carrey comedy also features lots of cute penguins. Mr Popper’s Continue reading