Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Antoine Fuqua Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Christina Vidal, Adrian Martinez, Riley Keough, Peter Skarsgaard, Ethan Hawke, Paul Dano, Eli Goree, Christiana Montoya.   "Broken people save broken people.”  Joe Baylor (Jake Gyllenhaal) is a cop who has been demoted for some unspecified incident and is now working night shifts at the Los Angeles Police Department’s 911 dispatch call centre fielding calls from the desperate and frightened victims of crime. This is his final shift before a court appearance in the morning that Continue reading


Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Directors: Luke Mazzaferro, Justin Krook.  As we approach another hot, dry summer here in Australia, this inspiring documentary is both timely and relevant. A Fire Inside was filmed largely during the bushfires that devastated much of Australia’ east coast in the so-called “Black Summer” of 2019-20, the worst fire season ever recorded. An area the size of the UK was burnt out and the smoke cloud caused by the fires circled around the globe. Some 3000 homes were destroyed, a massive amount of wildlife was killed, Continue reading


Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Cedric Nicolas-Troyan Stars: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jun Kunimura, Miku Patricia Martineau, Woody Harrelson, Tadanobu Asano, Michiel Huisman, Miyavi, Kazuya Tanabe.  Joan Wick?  This tough, visceral, violent and bloody action thriller with a high body count will certainly appeal to audiences who liked films such as the recent Nobody and the John Wick series. And also to those who love seeing strong, feisty heroines kicking butt on screen, such as Charlize Theron in Atomic Continue reading

SCI-FI FILM FESTIVAL – interview with Tom Pappas

 by GREG KING The Sci-fi Film Festival returns this year, presenting a digital program of the most mind-bending science fiction and fantasy flicks to audiences across Australia from 15-31 October. This year’s program showcases the latest in bold, provocative filmmaking from 28 countries including Japan, China, Canada, America, Russia, Sweden, Spain and Brazil. The festival features 80 ground breaking genre works, made up of 12 features and one documentary – Steampunk Connection - and a  number of shorts, animations Continue reading


Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Michael Bentham Stars: Matilda Ridgway, Mark Leonard Winter, Geraldine Hakewill, Tom Wren, Greg Stone.  Not to be confused with the Barry Levinson directed 1994 erotic thriller of the same name, starring Michael Douglas and Demi Moore, that looked at the issue of sexual harassment and power struggles in the workplace, this provocative and intimate drama looks at the darker side of suburban life in contemporary Australia.  Two sets of parents gather together to discuss an incident involving their children, but things turn ugly Continue reading