UNBROKEN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Angelina Jolie Stars: Jack O'Connell, Domhnall Gleeson, Garrett Hedlund, Jai Courtney, Takamasa Ishihara, Finn Wittrock, Alex Russell, Luke Treadaway, Spencer Lofranco, C J Valleroy, John D'Leo. This biopic of athlete and WWII survivor Louis Zamperini is something of a labour of love for Angelina Jolie. This is her second fiction feature as a director following 2011's drama In The Land Of Blood And Honey, which was set against the backdrop of the Bosnian war, and Unbroken shares a number of similar themes and ideas about the Continue reading

PAPER PLANES

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Robert Connolly Stars: Sam Worthington, Ed Oxenbould, Deborah Mailman, David Wenham, Peter Rowsthorn, Nicholas Bakopoulos-Cooke, Ena Imai, Terry Norris. The idea of a film about a paper plane competition may not sound the most riveting prospect, but this gentle, family friendly locally made comedy/drama is actually a crowd pleaser that holds plenty of appeal. Paper Planes offers a nice and emotionally satisfying journey, and explores universal themes of grief, bullying, father-son relationships, friendship and the importance of winning Continue reading

TAKEN 3

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Olivier Megaton Stars: Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Forest Whitaker, Sam Spruell, Famke Janssen, Dougray Scott, Leland Orser, Don Harvey, Dylan Bruno, Jon Gries, Al Sapienza, Jonny Weston, Andrew Howard, Wallace Langham. A couple of years ago Liam Neeson himself said that there would not be a Taken 3. He should have listened to his instincts rather than the undoubtedly hefty pay cheque producers waved in his direction. Taken 3 is easily the weakest in the series, which has obviously run out of inspiration and ideas. It is a Continue reading

THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Peter Jackson Stars" Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Luke Evans, Evangeline Lilly, Ian McKellen, Lee Pace, Orlando Bloom, James Nesbitt, Billy Connolly, Aidan Turner, Ryan Gage, John Bell, Benedict Cumberbatch, Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Graham McTavish, Ken Stott, Dean O'Gorman, Stephen Fry, Ian Holm, Manu Bennett. While The Hobbit may not quite match The Lord Of The Rings trilogy for its epic sense of grandeur and action, at least here Peter Jackson brings the trilogy to a satisfying conclusion. This epic film Continue reading

RUSSIAN RESURRECTION FILM FESTIVAL 2014 – REVIEWS

by GREG KING The 11th Russian Resurrection Film Festival is screening around Australia throughout October and November. It screens in Melbourne at ACMI cinemas from November 13 through until November 23. There are a number of Australian premier screenings. The opening night film is the epic Vasilisa, a love story set against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars. There are also a number of retrospective screenings to celebrate the 90th anniversary of Mosfilm Studios, including the Oscar winning Dersu Uzala and the 444 minute WWII epic Liberation. REVIEWS LAST UPDATED Continue reading