CARGO

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Ben Howling, Yolande Ramke Stars: Martin Freeman, Susie Porter, Anthony Hayes, Simone Landers, Kris McQuade, David Gulpilil, Caren Pistorious, Natasha Wanganeen, Bruce R Carter. A strange virus has wiped out most of the population, leaving behind hordes of the walking dead. When someone is bitten by these “zombies” they have 48 hours before they are turned into one of these undead. Set in a post-apocalyptic remote outback Australia, Cargo follows Andy (Martin Freeman, from The Hobbit trilogy) and his wife Kay (Susie Porter) Continue reading

THE BOOKSHOP

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Isabel Coixet Stars: Emily Mortimer, Bill Night, Patricia Clarkson, Honor Kneafsey, James Lance, Reg Wilson, Hunter Tremayne, Frances Barber, Julie Christie. The Bookshop is set in the sleepy small coastal village of Hardborough in 1959. Florence Green (Emily Mortimer) is a war widow who relocates to this small town with the aim of opening a bookshop. She loves books and wants to share this love with the townsfolk. She takes possession of the decaying old residence known locally as "the old Continue reading

CHAPPAQUIDDICK

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: John Curran Stars: Jason Clarke, Ed Helms, Jim Gaffigan, Bruce Dern, Kate Mara, Clancy Brown, Jim Fiore, Olivia Thirlby. This engaging historical docu-drama is a cynical study of corruption, ambition, power, the power of celebrity, the abuse of power, and family. Chappaquiddick centres around the scandal that surrounded Senator Ted Kennedy and the tragic drowning of political staffer Mary Jo Kopechne in 1969. The incident almost cost Kennedy his political career and certainly derailed his Continue reading

ON BODY AND SOUL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ildiko Enyedi Stars: Geza Morcsanyi, Alexandra Borbely, Zoltan Schneider, Reka Tenki, Zsuzsa Jaro. Love in the abattoir? This is a quirky drama about the unlikely romance that develops between two lonely employees in a Budapest abattoir. The film won the prestigious Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, but it is an art house film that will be of little interest to a broader audience. Endre (played by Geza Morcsanyi) is the taciturn financial director of the abattoir. In his mid-fifties Continue reading

THE GATEWAY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: John V Soto Stars: Jacqueline McKenzie, Myles Pollard, Ben Mortley, Ryan Panizza, Shannon Berry, Hayley McElhinney. Western Australian based filmmaker John V Soto specialises in B-grade genre films such as the 2014 crime drama The Reckoning. For his fourth feature film the genre hopping Soto ventures into science fiction territory with the low budget mind bending The Gateway, which deals with ambitious themes like parallel worlds and teleportation. But Soto’s ambitions are somewhat limited by Continue reading