JUNGLE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Greg Mclean Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Alex Russell, Thomas Kretschmann, Joel Jackson. The opening night film for MIFF 2017 was the generic survival thriller Jungle, directed by Greg McLean, who is best known for his outback horror thriller Wolf Creek. Jungle is based on the true story of Israeli adventurer Yossi Ghinsberg's ordeal when he became lost in the Bolivian jungle for three weeks. His ordeal was detailed in his 2005 book, and also depicted in an episode of the tv series I Shouldn't Be Alive. Ghinsberg's book has Continue reading

47 METERS DOWN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Johannes Roberts Stars: Mandy Moore, Claire Holt, Matthew Modine, Yani Gellman, Santiago Segura. Swimming with sharks, again? Ever since Jaws hit the big screen in 1975, there have been many other films that have played on our innate fear of the predators of the deep - films like The Reef, Open Water and more recently The Shallows with Blake Lively, which have pitted humans against rapacious killer sharks. And just when you thought it was safe to go back into a cinema along comes 47 Meters Down, a low budget, slightly Continue reading

MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2017 – REVIEWS

ALL FILMS REVIEWED BY GREG KING LAST UPDATED AUGUST 13, 2017 FINAL PORTRAIT. In 1964, renowned portrait artist and sculptor Albert Giacometti passed away soon after completing his final painting. He had painted a portrait of American journalist James Lord, who had come to Paris for a brief visit. The portrait was only supposed to take a couple of days, but the increasingly frustrated Lord spent a couple of weeks with the mercurial artist in his Paris studio. Final Portrait is a passion project for writer/director Stanley Tucci who has been nurturing the film Continue reading

SPIDERMAN: HOMECOMING

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jon Watts Stars: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey jr, Jon Favreau, Marisa Tomei, Laura Harrier, Jacob Batalon, Tony Revolori, Zandaya, Donald Glover, Logan Marshall-Green, Bokeem Woodbine, Michael Chernus, Hannibal Buress, Tyne Daly, Gwyneth Paltrow.   Young British actor Tom Holland (from the tsunami drama The Impossible, etc) is the third actor to play Spiderman and his alter ego Peter Parker in the past fifteen years. He steps into the shoes of Tobey Maguire, who played the web Continue reading

THE MUMMY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Alex Kurtzman Stars: Tom Cruise, Russell Crowe, Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson, Sofia Boutella, Courtney B Vance, Marwan Kenzai. Universal has launched a brand new franchise under the umbrella of Dark Universe, in which the studio plans to remake all of those classic monster movies from their vaults, like Dracula, Frankenstein, the Wolfman. Most of those monster movies from the 30s seem a little dated now, and the studio plans to drag them into the 21st century through CGI and modern cinema technology. The first film in this Continue reading