THE SNOWMAN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Tomas Alfredson Stars: Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson, Charlotte Gainsbourg, J K Simmons, Val Kilmer, Toby Jones, Michael Yates, David Dencik, Jonas Karlsson, James D'Arcy, Jakob Oftebro, Adrian Dunbar, Chloe Sevigny, Ronan Vibert, Genevieve O'Reilly. Nordic noir tends to be darker and bleaker than your typical Hollywood crime thriller, probably because they spend so much time in the dark, with long, bleak winter months. But unfortunately, The Snowman is a lesser example of the genre. This subpar thriller is based on the Continue reading

THE FOREIGNER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Martin Campbell Stars: Jackie Chan, Pierce Brosnan,Rory Fleck-Byrne, Michael McElhatton, David Pearse, Dermot Crowley, Ray Fearon, Katie Leung, Orla Brady, Charlie Murphy. Jackie Chan is one of the biggest movie stars on the planet, known for his energetic and carefully choreographed fight scenes and also for doing his own, often dangerous, stunts on set. But Hollywood hasn't quite known how to handle him properly, and Chan has found himself stuck in a number of formulaic light weight action comedies like Continue reading

JEWISH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2017 – interview with Eddie Tamir

by GREG KING The 2017 Jewish International Film Festival screens at the Lido and Classic Cinemas here in Melbourne from October 25 through to November 22. This year, the festival presents 65 films from across the globe that celebrate the remarkable diversity of Jewish culture and storytelling - from Israel, France and Australia, to the Yiddish-speaking neighbourhoods of Brooklyn. This year's program includes 38 features and 23 documentaries. The opening night film is Menashe, while the closing night film is The Rebel In The Rye, a drama about the young J D Salinger, Continue reading

BRITISH FILM FESTIVAL 2017 – interview with Kim Petalas

by GREG KING The British Film Festival 2017 screens at Palace Cinemas from October 24. The opening night film is Breathe, the directorial debut from actor Andy Serkis, and this inspiring true story stars Andrew Garfield and Claire Foye. The closing night film is the feel good Finding Your Feet. This year's retrospective screenings feature four star studded adaptations of classic Agatha Christie mysteries, including Murder On The Orient Express, Death On The Nile, Evil Under The Sun, and The Mirror Crack'd, featuring Angela Lansbury as Miss Marple. There are also Continue reading

TOM OF FINLAND

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Dome Karukoski Stars: Pekka Strang, Lauri Tilkanen, Jessica Grabowsky, Seumas Sergent, Jakob Oftebro, Christian Sandstrom, Niklas Hogner, Werner Daen. Finland's official entry for the Foreign Language Oscar in 2018, this handsome looking production is a biopic of artist Touko Laaksonen, whose erotic drawings under the pseudonym of Tom of Finland had a huge influence on gay identity and became a symbol of gay pride in the sexually liberated 70s and 80s. Laaksonen's life was previously explored in Ilppo Pohjola's 1991 documentary Continue reading