BOY ERASED

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Joel Edgerton Stars: Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, Joel Edgerton, Flea, Joe Alwyn, Troye Sivan, Xavier Dolan, William Ngo. This is the second film to hit our screens in as many months to deal with the controversial subject of gay conversion therapy and the potential damage it can cause among the vulnerable and confused teens it aims to help. The first was Desiree Akhavan’s Sundance award winning drama The Miseducation Of Cameron Post, which starred Chloe Grace Moretz as a teen sent to a gay conversion camp. That film Continue reading

BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Bryan Singer Stars: Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Joseph Mazzello, Ben Hardy, Aiden Gillen, Allen Leech, Mike Myers, Tom Hollander, Aaron McCusker. Bohemian Rhapsody is a look at the legendary rock band Queen and in particular its flamboyant frontman Freddie Mercury (played here by Remi Malek, the Emmy award winning star of television series Mr Robot) but it is largely a paint by the numbers biopic. Malek does resemble Mercury at times, and he does capture his aura, his mannerisms and posturing, his charisma and his stage Continue reading

BEAUTIFUL BOY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Felix van Groeningen Stars: Steve Carell, Timothee Chalamet, Maura Tierney, Amy Ryan, Kue Lawrence, Jack Dylan Grazer. Sharing the same title as a John Lennon song (which Richard Dreyfuss sang to his hearing impaired son in Mr Holland’s Opus), this is a downbeat and grim, but ultimately inspiring cautionary tale of drug addiction, rehabilitation, relapse, and the huge emotional toll that addiction takes on the family of the victims. We’ve seen a number of films dealing with drug addiction, including Otto Preminger’s 1956 drama The Continue reading

BACKTRACK BOYS

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Catherine Scott. A favourite on the film festival circuit, this inspiring and humane and heart-warming documentary shows that there are very real and effective alternatives to juvenile detention in helping turn around the lives of troubled teenagers. In the northern NSW town of Armidale, jackaroo Bernie Shakeshaft has established a community-based organisation called Backtrack, which works with troubled boys who are on the path to crime and drugs and tries to turn their lives around. The boys are paired with dogs Continue reading

BOOK WEEK

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Heath Davis Stars: Alan Dukes, Susan Prior, Rose Riley, Tiriel Mora, Airlie Dodds, Toby Schmitz, Khan Chittenden, Steve Le Marquand, Thuso Lekwape, Maya Stange, Nicholas Hope, Jolene Anderson, Rhys Muldoon. This black comedy/drama follows a bad week in the life of Nick Cutler (Alan Dukes), a lecherous, misanthropic, boozy, rude, and obnoxious author turned cynical teacher. Several years ago, Nick wrote a novel that was well received, but he has been unable to follow up its success. He regards himself as an “undiscovered literary Continue reading