JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jake Kasdan Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Karen Gillan, Bobby Cannavale, Nick Jonas, Alex Wolff, Ser'Darius Blain, Madison Iseman, Morgan Turner, Colin Hanks. Not quite a remake of the Joe Johnston directed 1995 film that starred Robin Williams, but rather a lively reboot and an attempt to kickstart a potential new franchise. The original Jumanji was based on the illustrated book written in 1981 by Chris Van Allsburg, who also wrote The Polar Express and Zathura, which shared a few similar themes. In the 1995 Continue reading

STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Rian Johnson Stars: Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, John Boyega, Laura Dern, Andy Serkis, Benicio Del Toro, Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong'o, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Frank Oz, Justin Theroux, Adrian Edmondson, Warwick Davis. The Force Slumbers? In 2015, J J Abrams (Star Trek, Super 8, etc) gave us a great Star Wars film with The Force Awakens, which reinvigorated the franchise and largely removed the stench left by the three George Lucas directed Continue reading

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