THE MARKSMAN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Robert Lorenz Stars: Liam Neeson, Jacob Perez, Juan Pablo Raba, Katheryn Winnick, Teresa Ruiz. A former marine with a special set of skills takes on the Mexican cartel, but rather than the over-the-top violence and high body count of the recent Rambo: Last Blood, The Marksman is a lean action movie that seems more grounded in reality, and it has the look and feel of a latter day Clint Eastwood film, more Gran Torino than Dirty Harry. Not surprisingly, since the film has been written and directed by Robert Lorenz who has worked Continue reading

ONLY THE ANIMALS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Dominik Moll Stars: Denis Menochet, Damien Bonnard, Laure Calamy, Nadia Tereszkiewicz, Valerie Bruni Tedeschi, Guy Rogert 'Bibisse' N'Drin, Bastien Bouillon. Set largely in a snowbound rural community in the south of France, Only The Animals is a cautionary tale and character study wrapped in the trappings of a generic murder mystery. The film explores themes of guilt, lies, deception, obsession, sex, dysfunctional relationships. A woman named Evelyne (Valerie Bruni Tedeschi) has gone missing, and a police search has failed Continue reading

AMMONITE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Francis Lee Stars: Kate Winslet, Saoirse Ronan, Gemma Jones, James McCardle, Fiona Shaw, Alex Secareanu. Love among the fossils? Francis Lee follows up his acclaimed 2017 drama God’s Own Country with this tale of another same sex relationship, this time set in the 1800s and dealing with two repressed women from different backgrounds who fall in love. Ammonite is a critical look at class, status and gender roles in Victorian England, but Lee gives the material a subtle contemporary resonance. Mary Anning (played by Kate Continue reading

PENGUIN BLOOM

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Glendyn Ivin Stars: Naomi Watts, Andrew Lincoln, Jacki Weaver, Griffin Murray-Johnston, Rachel House, Felix Cameron, Abe Clifford-Barr, Leeanna Walsman, Gia Carides, Lisa Hensley. This uplifting feelgood and life-affirming tear-jerking drama is based on the true story of Sam Bloom (played here by Naomi Watts), a fun loving and active mother of three boys who was left paralysed following an accident during a holiday in Thailand. Unable to feel anything from the waist down and stuck in a wheelchair Sam descended into a deep well Continue reading

WILD THINGS – interview with Sally Ingleton

by GREG KING Wild Things is a new documentary that looks at the history of environmental activism in Australia, from the historic Franklin River protests through to the protests against the Adani coal mine in Queensland, foresting operations in Tasmania, and even the organised protest by school children demanding action on climate change. Documentary film maker Sally Ingleton spoke with Greg about some of the challenges in making this film, about the impact that documentaries like this can have. Sally is also holding some screenings and Q&A sessions along with Continue reading