Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Aaron Schneider Stars: Robert Duvall, Bill Murray, Lukas Black, Sissy Spacek, Bill Cobbs. This modest and slyly comic film is based on the true story of a man who staged his own funeral party while he was alive to witness it. The setting is depression era Tennessee. Felix Burns (Robert Duvall) is a hermit, who for the past forty years has lived as a recluse on his own expansive property on the outskirts of a small town. Because he has rarely ventured into town, a number of rumours and apocryphal stories have circulated about Continue reading


Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Danny Boyle Stars: James Franco, Amber Tamblyn, Kate Mara. Danny Boyle’s first film since the Oscar winning Slumdog Millionaire marks something of a change of direction for the dynamic British director who first burst onto the scene in 1994 with Shallow Grave. 127 Hours tells the true story of Aron Ralston, the maverick weekend adventurer who, in 2003, found himself trapped in a canyon by a boulder and was forced to amputate his own arm with a rusty knife in order to free himself. Ralston set off to explore Utah’s remote Continue reading


Reviewed by GREG KING Director: John Cameron Mitchell Stars: Nicole Kidman, Aaron Eckhart, Miles Teller, Dianne Weist. Nicole Kidman has long been considered box office poison, given the disappointing performance of some of her recent film choices (Bewitched, The Golden Compass, The Invasion, etc). Her new film Rabbit Hole is unlikely to change this perception, as it is a down beat film that is difficult to market. However, it will restore her reputation as a credible dramatic actress. Rabbit Hole is based on David Lindsay-Abaire’s Pulitzer and Tony Award Continue reading


Reviewed by GREG KING Director: James L Brooks Stars: Paul Rudd, Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon, Jack Nicholson. How Do You Know is the latest romantic comedy from writer/director James L Brooks who has made some sparkling, witty comedies in the past, both for the big screen and small screen. However this tired effort lacks the snappy dialogue and penetrating insights of his best work (Broadcast News, etc). This is an average comedy about a romantic triangle that explores some key questions. How do you know when you’re in love? And how do you know which man is Continue reading


Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Ariel Schulman. This low budget, fly on the wall documentary is the antithesis of David Fincher’s award winning drama The Social Network, which chronicled the origins of social networking site Facebook. This fascinating and thought provoking cinema verite-style documentary looks at the consequences and pitfalls of the explosion in social networking sites and the whole cyber communication phenomenon where technology has replaced face to face communication for this generation. This is also a cautionary tale that points Continue reading