MADE IN ITALY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: James D'Arcy Stars: Liam Neeson, Michael Richardson, Valeria Bilello, Lindsay Duncan. Liam Neeson stars opposite his real-life son Michael Richardson in this enjoyable but somewhat predictable and occasionally mawkish drama dealing with grief, loss, regrets, guilt, second chances, ambition, family and complicated father/son relationships. Jack Foster (Richardson) manages a posh art gallery in London which is owned by his soon to be ex-wife and her family. When they announce that they are selling the gallery, Jack wants to Continue reading

JUVENILE DELINQUENTS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Neil Goss Stars: Corynn Treadwell, Phil Blevins, Cha-tah Ellem, Kaleal Cerafici, Silvia Dionicio, Moses Meads, Xavier Michael, John Irving, Marie Smalley. New York. A group of troubled teens, newly released from juvenile detention, band together to form a vigilante group determined to dispense justice in their neighbourhood. There have been any number of films dealing with juvenile delinquents, ranging all the way back to the 50s with classics like Rebel Without A Cause and West Side Story through to Kubrick’sfuturistic A Continue reading

THE OLD GUARD

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood Stars: Charlize Theron, Matthias Schoenaerts, Marwan Kenzan, Kiki Layne, Luca Marinelli, Chiwetel Ejifor, Harry Melling. An action flick about a group of centuries old immortal warriors, The Old Guard has been produced under the auspices of streaming giant Netflix and was set for a theatrical release until the pandemic closed cinemas. It has since become the most watched film on that firm’s streaming platform.  Andromache of Scythia (Charlize Theron) is a centuries old immortal warrior who leads a team Continue reading

LOWDOWN DIRTY CRIMINALS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Paul Murphy Stars: James Rolletson, Rebecca Gibney, Samuel Austin, Robbie Magasiva, Cohen Holloway, Scott Wills, Min Kim. This enjoyable but somewhat derivative New Zealand produced and Wellington set comedy darkly comic crime caper cribs from the Guy Ritchie playbook, with a lot of his flashy visual flourishes, his aggressive style, snappy voice over narrative, a non-linear narrative structure that uses plenty of flashbacks and replays scenes from different perspectives. The film opens with a Mexican standoff in a bar Continue reading

RESISTANCE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jonathan Jakubowicz Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Clemence Poesy, Matthias Schweighofer, Felix Moati, Edgar Ramirez, Geza Rohrig, Bella Ramsey, Karl Markovics, Vika Kerekes. Based on an incredible but little known true story Resistance is yet another Holocaust themed drama exploring the impact of war upon innocent children, but it is not quite in the same league as films like the Oscar winning Life Is Beautiful or The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas. The late Marcel Marceau is an internationally recognised mime artist, whose Continue reading