Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Mikkel Norgaard Stars: Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Fares Fares, Sonja Richter, Ernst Boye, Peter Plaugborg. Scandinavian noir crime fiction seems to be all the rage at the moment, what with the success of Henning Mankell's Wallander series, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo trilogy, the novels of Jo Nesbro, and tv series like The Killing and Borgen, etc. And unlike a lot of crime thrillers from America or the UK, they are not formulaic; rather they often delve into the darker and disturbing recesses of human behaviour, and are more psychologically Continue reading


Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Bertrand Tavernier Stars: Thierry Lhermitte, Raphael Personnaz, Niels Arestrup, Jane Birkin, Bruno Rafaelli, Julie Gayet, Anais Demoustier, Thomas Chabrol, Alix Poisson, Thierry Fremont, Marie Brunel. Oui, Ministre? The French Minister (aka Quai d'Orsay) is supposedly a political farce set behind closed doors and within the halls of power of the French government. The central character here is Alexandre Taillard de Worms, the mercurial, frenetic but self absorbed and blustering foreign minister (Thierry Lhermitte) who is a whirlwind of Continue reading


Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Roman Polanski Stars: Mathieu Amalric, Emmannuelle Seigner. Sex and power are two recurring themes in the films of Polish born director Roman Polanski (Chinatown, The Pianist, etc), and they dominate his latest film, which is an adaptation of David Ives' Tony award winning 2010 hit play Venus In Fur. Ives' play itself was adapted from a 19th century novella written by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, who gave his name to the term masochism. Working closely with Ives, Polanski's adaptation of the play is reasonably faithful, but is also very Continue reading


Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Rolf De Heer Stars: David Gulpilil, Luke Ford, Peter Djigirr, Gary Sweet, Jennifer Budukpuduk Gaykamangu, Gary Waddell. Charlie's Country is Rolf De Heer's 14th feature film, and the third film in his unofficial trilogy exploring aboriginal issues - Ten Canoes dealt with the past and ancient traditional aboriginal ways and their dreamtime; The Tracker dealt with the cruel treatment of aboriginals in the 19th century by the white settlers; and this film is a confronting look at contemporary problems facing Australia's indigenous Continue reading


Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ritesh Batra Stars: Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Nakul Vaid, Bharati Achrekar, Sadashiv Kondaji Pokarkar. "Sometimes the wrong train will get you to the right place." The Lunchbox is a very unBollywood like film - it does away with the large scale colourful musical numbers and an inordinate running time, opting instead for a touch of bittersweet realism and style. Nonetheless, this touching romantic drama between two sad and lonely people played out via some delicious meals and a series of poignant letters has become a Continue reading