MEEK’S CUTOFF

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Kelly Reichardt Stars: Michelle Williams, Bruce Greenwood, Shirley Henderson, Will Patton, Paul Dano, Ron Rondeaux. Unlike other westerns that have dealt with the westward expansion (Westward Ho The Wagons, etc), Meeks’s Cutoff deals with some weighty themes like the struggle for survival, racism and religion. Meek’s Cutoff is an unconventional western that concentrates more on the role of women, who have often been marginalised in the traditional westerns of yesteryear. This shifts the whole dynamic and framework of the genre, … [Read more...]

THE COMPANY MEN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: John Wells Stars: Ben Affleck, Kevin Costner, Craig T Nelson, Chris Cooper, Tommy Lee Jones, Rosemary De Witt, Maria Bello. The recent documentary Inside Job dealt with the global financial crisis, and it named and shamed those people believed responsible, even though none of them have yet been prosecuted for fraud. The new drama The Company Men explores the human cost of the economic meltdown, and, like Wall Street before it, the film offers a scathing criticism of the corporate culture of greed. Modern American business has … [Read more...]

THE HANGOVER PART II

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Todd Phillips Stars: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Mason lee, Paul Gianatti, Justin Bartha, Ken Jeong. This highly sequel to the hugely successful raunchy buddy comedy The Hangover offers more of the same – not that there’s anything wrong with that! Writer and director Todd Phillips knows better then anyone not to tamper with a winning formula, as he and co-writers Craig Mazin and Scot Armstrong put Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis through their paces again. This time around the so-called "Wolf … [Read more...]

SOUL SURFER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Sean McNamara Stars: Annasophia Robb, Carrie Underwood, Helen Hunt, Dennis Quaid. From a young age, Bethany Hamilton (Annasophia Robb) had "salt water in her blood." Born into a family of surfers, the teenager was a surfing prodigy destined for greatness until a shark attack left her with only one arm. Based on Hamilton’s own memoir, Soul Surfer deals mainly with her determination to return to the water and compete in surfing trials. When she begins to have doubts, a journey to Thailand in the wake of the devastating tsunami … [Read more...]

THE RITE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Mikael Hafstrom Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Ciaran Hinds, Toby Jones, Colin O'Donoghue, Marta Gastini, Alice Braga, Rutger Hauer. Hannibal Lecter does exorcisms? Even though it is nearly forty years old, William Friedkin’s 1973 frightfest The Exorcist is still the benchmark by which all other films about demonic possession will be judged. And so it is with the lacklustre and turgidly paced Exorcist clone The Rite. This is more of a psychological thriller, which explores the banality of evil with a distinct lack of urgency. The … [Read more...]