DOLITTLE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Stephen Gaghan Stars: Robert Downey jr, Michael Sheen, Jim Broadbent, Jessie Buckley, Harry Collett, Antonio Banderas, Kasia Smutniak, voices of Octavia Spencer, Emma Thompson, Rami Malek, and Marion Cotillard, Tom Holland, Ralph Fiennes, Kumail Nanjiani, Craig Robinson, John Cena, Selena Gomez, Frances de la Tour, James Mantzoukas. Now that Robert Downey jr has said farewell to Iron Man and the whole Marvel Cinematic Universe he is obviously looking for another potentially lucrative franchise. And he may have found one in the Continue reading

1917

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Sam Mendes Stars: George MacKay, Dean-Charles Chapman, Colin Firth, Mark Strong, Andrew Scott, Benedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Mays. There have been many films exploring the horrors of trench warfare from WWI, among them classics like All Quiet On The Western Front, Paths Of Glory, and even the Australian classic Gallipoli. The latest film to do so is 1917, from Oscar winning filmmaker Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Skyfall, etc). The film is epic in scope but is a more intimate and personal tale. The story for 1917 was inspired by Continue reading

MY SPY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Peter Segal Stars: Dave Bautista, Chloe Coleman, Kristen Schaal, Parisa Fritz-Henley, Greg Bryk, Ken Jeong, Nicola Correia-Damunde, Noah Danby, Devere Rogers. Following a botched operation to catch a terrorist, veteran CIA field agent Jason Jones (Dave Bautista), known as JJ by his colleagues, finds himself demoted to surveillance detail. He is charged with watching the Chicago apartment of the beautiful widow Kate (Parisa Fitz-Henley), whose bother-in-law Marquez is suspected of trying to purchase a nuclear device. JJ sets up in Continue reading

TRUE HISTORY OF THE KELLY GANG

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Justin Kurzel Stars: George MacKay, Essie Davis, Nicholas Hoult, Charlie Hunnam, Russell Crowe, Thomasin McKenzie, Sean Keenan, Earl Cave, Marlon Williams, Louis Hewison. There has never been a definitive film version of the life of the iconic and controversial bushranger Ned Kelly yet. One of the first ever feature films was 1906’s The Story Of The Kelly Gang; since then we have had 1970’s Ned Kelly, starring a miscast rocker Mick Jagger in the eponymous role; and in 2003 we had Gregor Jordan’s take on the story starring Heath Continue reading

THE GENTLEMEN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Guy Ritchie Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Michelle Dockery, Hugh Grant, Charlie Hunnam, Henry Golding, Colin Farrell, Eddie Marsan, Jeremy Strong. Brash British filmmaker Guy Ritchie cemented his reputation for flashy visuals and a kinetically energetic style with his three gangster tales – Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch and Rocknrolla.  Since then the journeyman filmmaker has diversified with his two Sherlock Holmes films, his misguided foray into Arthurian legend, the attempt to reboot 60s spy classic The Man From Continue reading