IN TIME

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Andrew Niccol Stars: Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, Alex Pettyfer, Cillian Murphy, Matt Bomer, Vincent Kartheiser, Olivia Wilde. So, what is your time worth? This new sci-fi thriller comes from New Zealand born filmmaker Andrew Niccol, who wrote The Truman Show and directed Gattaca and Lord Of War. It is set in the near future, where everyone is genetically programmed to stop aging at 25, rather like Logan’s Run revisited, which adds a neat twist to the "race against time" thriller device. After your 25th birthday, you Continue reading

THE TRIANGLE WARS

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Rosie Jones. This fascinating documentary looks at the controversial plans to redevelop a car park on the St Kilda foreshore, and the community outcry against the development. In May 2007 the Port Phillip Council unveiled plans for a massive commercial development including 180 shops, a hotel, a supermarket, 8 cinemas, 5 nightclubs and bars, some with 24-hour licenses. The developers also planned to inject some $60million to restore the Palais to its former glory. The proposed $465 million mall would be built on a Continue reading

DRIVE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Nicholas Winding Refn Stars: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Oscar Isaac, Bryan Cranston, Albert Brooks, Ron Perlman. Maverick Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn makes tough, unflinchingly brutal and uncompromising dramas like his Pusher trilogy and the physically bruising Bronson. For his first American film, Refn has made a dark and downbeat hard boiled noir-like thriller that has moments of quiet punctuated by sudden explosive bursts of graphic, bloody violence. Refn brings an outsider’s perspective to his depiction of LA, Continue reading

EL BULLI: COOKING IN PROGRESS

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Gereon Wetzel. Here’s one for the foodies, or those people who love watching television cooking shows like Master Chef, Heston’s Kitchen, etc. Anyone else will find this documentary set inside one of the world’s most highly regarded restaurants the cinematic equivalent of watching paint dry. This German-Spanish co-production takes audiences inside the famed El Bulli avant-garde restaurant located on Spain’s Catalan coastline. Here enigmatic chef Ferran Adria presides over his kitchen like a benevolent despot, Continue reading

THE CUP

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Simon Wincer Stars: Stephen Curry, Brendan Gleeson, Bill Hunter, Daniel McPherson, Martin Sacks, Shaun Micallef, Colleen Hewitt. Horses have been an important part of director Simon Wincer’s oeuvre, with films like The Lighthorsemen to his credit. He has also worked on a number of westerns, like Lonesome Dove for US television. And he has delved into the glamorous world of horse racing before with Phar Lap, his marvelous drama about Australia’s greatest racehorse. Thus Wincer is a perfect fit for this stirring story about the Continue reading