THE PUBLIC

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Emilio Estevez Stars: Emilio Estevez, Alec Baldwin, Christian Slater, Michael K Williams, Jena Malone, Taylor Schilling, Gabrielle Urban, Jeffrey Wright, Jacob Vargas, Che Rhymefest Smith, Patrick Hume, Richard T Jones. Dog Day Afternoon in a library? The Public is set in Cincinnati, where the homeless living on the streets of the city are put at risk by the cold weather. When an unusually bitter cold snap hits the city, many people living rough on the streets are dying from exposure. They consider the library as a Continue reading

PALM BEACH

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Rachel Ward Stars: Bryan Brown, Sam Neill, Richard E Grant, Greta Scacchi, Jacqueline McKenzie, Heather Mitchell, Matilda Brown, Charlie Vickers, Aaron Jeffrey, Claire Van Der Boom. One of Bryan Bown’s early films was 1980’s Palm Beach, a low budget surfing movie set on the idyllic beaches of northern NSW. Nearly forty years on Brown returns to that eponymous location for this drama about a gathering that can be called The Big Chill – Australian Style. Secrets and lies, personal failings, regrets and simmering resentments from Continue reading

THE KEEPER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Marius H Rosenmuller Stars: David Kross, Freya Mavor, Jack Henshaw, Gary Lewis, Harry Melling, Michael Socha, Dave Johns. The second of two soccer themed films to hit local screens this week, The Keeper is a wonderful biopic of Bert Trautmann, a former German soldier and prisoner of war who became an unlikely sporting hero in Britain in the 1950s.  He played over 500 games for Manchester City and played a pivotal role in the club’s 1956 FA Cup victory. This UK/German coproduction is a feelgood, inspiring and engaging drama that Continue reading

DIEGO MARADONA

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Asif Kapadia. This is the third feature length documentary from Oscar winning director Asif Kapadia, who previously gave us the superb, well-researched and insightful documentaries Amy (2015), about the late singer Amy Winehouse, and Senna (2010), about the late Formula 1 race driver Ayrton Senna, which were two of the finest documentaries of the past decade. For his latest film though Kapadia profiles someone who is still alive – Diego Maradona, who is widely regarded as one of the greatest soccer players of all Continue reading

DEFEND CONSERVE PROTECT

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Stephen Amis This powerful eye-opening documentary follows the efforts of the Sea Shepherd crews to thwart the Japanese whaling fleet in the Great Southern Ocean. Every year the Japanese whaling fleet arrogantly and ignorantly continue to hunt endangered but protected Minke whales under the guise of scientific research. The Sea Shepherd crews are pretty much now the only force policing the illegal whaling and fishing in this part of the world. The crews are mainly volunteers, and they face great danger from the Continue reading