Archives for April 2005


Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Marc Gracie Stars: Nathan Phillips, Angus Sampson, Rachel Hunter, Madeleine West, William McInnes, Dave O'Neil, Samir Malik, Tayler Kane, Eddie McGuire, Reg Gorman There is a very good reason why local audiences are reluctant to pay good money to see Australian comedies in the cinema. And, if past efforts like the recent The Extra and last year's dire and dreadfully unfunny A Man's Gotta Do were not reason enough, now we have the terribly laboured You And Your Stupid Mate, which heralds a new low in screen comedy. The film is Continue reading


Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Mike Leigh Stars: Imelda Staunton, Phil Drake, Peter Wright, Heather Craney, Adrian Scarborough, Daniel Mays, Alex Kelly, Sally Hawkins, Eddie Marsan, Ruth Sheen. Mike Leigh returns to the socially realistic dramas with which he is synonymous with Vera Drake, a bleak and emotionally devastating drama about abortion, that is also one of his best films for quite some time. Set in the austere post-war period of 1950's London, the film centres around the diminutive Vera Drake (Imelda Staunton), a kindly and bustling cleaning lady Continue reading


Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Andrew Douglas Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Melissa George, Philip Baker Hall, Chloe Grace Moretz. Michael Bay seems intent on remaking some of the classic American horror films of the past thirty years. First there was his treatment of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, which turned the story into a cliched teenage slasher thriller. And now he reworks The Amityville Horror, and again turns it into a run-of-the-mill haunted house story, with all of the attendant cliches and none of the surprises. First filmed in 1979, The Amityville Horror Continue reading


Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Cedric Kahn Stars: Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Carole Bouquet, Vincent Deniard, Jean-Pierre Gos, Carline Paul. Based on a novel by prolific Belgian crime writer Georges Simenon, Red Lights is a tense road movie with sinister undertones and a slow burning, white-knuckled psychological thriller very much in the style of Hitchcock, who often explored the dark heart of ordinary people trapped in nightmares largely of their own making. One hot weekend in Paris, a couple heads to the country for a pleasant getaway, planning to pick up Continue reading


Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Shona Auerbach Stars: Emily Mortimer, Gerard Butler, Jack McElhone, Sharon Small, Mary Riggans. For some strange reason, it has taken this absolutely charming film nearly two years to reach our screens. Deaf nine-year-old Frankie (Jack McElhone, recently seen in Young Adam) has never really known his father, a drunken abusive man. Years earlier his mother Lizzie (Emily Mortimer) took Frankie and has constantly been on the move since, moving house to avoid any chance that her husband may be able to track them down. But Lizzie Continue reading