Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Joe Wright Stars: Eric Bana, Cate Blanchett, Saoirse Ronan, Tom Hollander. If there was a genre for art house action movies, then Hanna would stand as the definitive example. This bruising, intelligent, suspenseful, visceral and fast-paced spy thriller from British director Joe Wright (best known for his art house hits Atonement and Pride And Prejudice) comes across as a frenetic blend of the punishing physical action of the Bourne series and the kinetic energy of Run Lola Run. And all set to the pulsating, driving score from the Continue reading


Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Fred Schepisi Stars: Charlotte Rampling, Geoffrey Rush, Judy Davis, Colin Friels, John Gaden, Alexandra Schepisi, Helen Morse, Robyn Nevin, Maria Theodorakis. This visually rich and literate adaptation of Patrick White’s novel marks Fred Schepisi’s first Australian film since Evil Angels, over 20 years ago. Written in 1973, White’s novel was an exploration of class issues in Australian society in the early 70’s, but much of it still seems relevant today. Elizabeth Hunter (Charlotte Rampling, in fine form) is the imperious, Continue reading


Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Morgan Spurlock. Rabble rousing Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock has tackled the issue of obesity in Super Size Me, and looked at terrorism and the cult of personality in Where In The World Is Osama Bin Laden? Like Michael Moore, Spurlock is a shameless showman who loves attention-getting stunts to illustrate his viewpoint, even if his subject matter is more lightweight and seemingly trivial by comparison. In his latest documentary he turns his attention to the potent power and insidious Continue reading


Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Cary Fukunaga Stars: Mia Wasikowska, Sally Hwkins, Michael Fassbender, Jamie Bell, Judi Dench. This is the umpteenth version of Charlotte Bronte’s classic novel of a plain, obscure and poor orphan girl who lands a job as a governess and eventually captures the heart of her mysterious employer. This 22nd version of the timeless Gothic romance is a visually sumptuous and handsomely mounted production, but it is also quite bland and dull. Technical contributions are excellent, from Adriano Goldman’s gorgeous cinematography, to Will Continue reading


Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Renny Harlin Stars: Rupert Friend, Andy Garcia, Richard Coyle, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Rade Serbedjiza, Heather Graham, Dean Cain, Val Kilmer. We’ve had other films that have explored the lot of journalists under fire in a war zone while trying to expose the ugly truth about the carnage behind the scenes, films like Oliver Stone’s Salvador, Pretty Village, Pretty Flames, Roger Spottiswoode’s Under Fire and Michael Winterbottom’s Welcome To Sarajevo. And now we can add to the list Renny Harlin’s 5 Days Of War. This film is set Continue reading