COLD PURSUIT

.Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Hans Peter Moland Stars: Liam Neeson, Tom Bateman, Tom Jackson, Emmy Rossum, John Doman, William Forsythe, Laura Dern, Michael Richardson, Michael Eklund, Bradley Stryker, Wesley MacInnes, Domenick Lombardozzi, Raoul Max Trujillo, Benjamin Hollingsworth, Julia Jones, Gus Halper, Arnold Pinnock, Nicholas Holmes. Cold Pursuit sees Liam Neeson (Taken, etc) again taking violent revenge against a gang of criminals who have attacked his family. However, in a slight twist to the usual formula that drove his previous film, Cold Pursuit Continue reading

ALLIANCE FRANCAISE FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL 2019 – interview with artistic director Philippe Platel

by GREG KING The Alliance Francaise French Film Festival is one of the biggest and most impotant film festivals in Australia’s busy film calendar, and this year it celebrates its 30th anniversary. The programming team has assembled a stellar line-up of 54 films that cover a wide range of genres. There are also new film from respected directors like Jacques Audiard, Claire Denis, Olivier Assayas, Francois Ozon, Agnes Jaoui and 87-year old Jean-Luc Godard. There is also a special screening of a maginificent restored print of Alain Resnais 1959 film Last Year At Continue reading

THE FRONT RUNNER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ivan Reitman Stars: Hugh Jackman, Vera Farmiga, J.K. Simmons, Alfred Molina, Sara Paxton, Kaitlyn Dever, Ari Graynor, Mike Judge, Toby Huss, Kevin Pollak, Evan Castelloe, Jennifer Landon, John Bedford Lloyd, William Walker, Bill Burr, Jonny Pasvolsky, Spencer Garrett, Gabriel Manak, Lee Armstrong, Molly Ephraim, Courtney Ford, Mark O’Brien, Josh Brener, Tommy Dewey, Jenna Kanell, Chris Coy, Oliver Cooper, Mamoudou Athie, Alex Karpovsky . A week is a long time in politics, and three weeks is a long time on the campaign trail. Continue reading

BEN IS BACK

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Peter Hedges Stars: Julia Roberts, Lucas Hedges, Courtney B Vance, Kathryn Newton, David Zaldivar, Tim Guinee, Mia Fowler, Jakari Fraser, Kristin Griffith, Michael Esper. Like the recent Beautiful Boy, this is a drama about a family trying to cope with their teenage son’s drug addiction and the emotional toll it takes. With its story of a drug addicted teenager returning home for a visit with his family on Christmas Eve, Ben Is Back makes a fine companion piece to that film; as a double feature the two would make for a rather Continue reading

MELBOURNE CINEMATHEQUE 2019 – interview with Michael Koller

by GREG KING Melbourne Cinematheque has unveiled its impressive progarm for 2019, which kicks off on Feb 6 with a screening of Sergio Leone’s epic Once Upon A Time In America. The program also features seasons on filmmakers like Robert Aldrich, Kathryn Bigelow, Claude Chabrol, Terence Davies, Japanese filmmaker Yasujiro Ozu, Turkish filmmaker Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Elaine May, and Australian indigenous filmmaker Ivan Sen. With ACMI undergoing renovations the Cinematheque screenings will be held at the venerable Capitol Theatre from May. Greg spoke to Michael Koller, one Continue reading