THE WOMAN KING

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood Stars: Viola Davis, John Boyega, Thuso Mbedu, Lashana Lynch, Hero Fiennes-Tiffin, Jordan Bolger, Jimmy Odukoya, Sheila Atim, Jayme Lawson, Masali Baduza. A rousing full blooded female centric action film like this is something of a rarity in a cinematic landscape dominated by special effects heavy superhero movies. However, in recent years we’ve had films like Gunpowder Milkshake and The 355. Joining that short list is The Woman King, a historical epic set in the African kingdom of Dahomey (now known as Continue reading

BLACK ADAM

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jaume Collett-Serra Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Pierce Brosnan, Aldis Hodge, Sarah Shahi, Bodhi Sabongui, Marwan Kazari, Viola Davis, Djimon Hounsou, Mohammed Amer, Noah Centineo, Quintessa Swindell, Henry Winkler, James Cusati-Moyer. Marvel has its anti-hero superheroes with the likes of Venom and Morbius, who have both been given their cinematic origins stories. And now the DC cinematic universe introduces us to its own anti-hero in Black Adam. Black Adam was created by Otto Binder and C C Beck in 1945, and this film gives us a Continue reading

MRS HARRIS GOES TO PARIS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Anthony Fabian Stars: Lesley Manville, Isabelle Huppert, Lambert Wilson, Lucas Bravo, Jason Isaacs, Alba Baptista, Anna Chancellor, Ellen Thomas, Christian McKay, Bertrand Poncet, Philippe Bertin, Roxane Duran. This charming and old-fashioned little film is the third adaptation of the 1958 novel written by Paul Gallico (best known for The Poseidon Adventure) - a one-hour tv movie was produced by the BBC in 1958 and there was a telemovie produced in 1992 that starred the late, great Angela Lansbury as the titular Mrs Harris and Continue reading

BROS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Nicholas Stoller Stars: Billy Eichner, Luke Macfarlane, Guy Branum, Harvey Fierstein, Jim Rash, Debra Messing, Kristin Chenowith, Miss Lawrence, T S Madison, Dot-Marie Jones, Guillermo Diaz, Jai Rodriguez, Amanda Bearse, Peter Kim, Ryan Faucett. When Aaron met Bobby?   Bobby Leiber (tv comic Billy Eichner, best known for his role in Parks And Recreation and his arch brand of humour) hosts a podcast called “the Eleventh Brick at Stonewall” that explores queer history and issues of importance for the gay community. He is also on Continue reading

EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Nadi Sha Stars: Jordan Dulieu, Freyja Benjamin, Martin Crewes, Gigi Edgely.   A bittersweet coming-of-age drama about love and loss set against a doomed romance, Everything In Between is the debut feature for local filmmaker Nadi Sha and was shot on location around Sydney. Its universal themes and positive messages should resonate strongly with its target audience.  The film centres on Jason Knight (Jordan Dulieu, from My Pet Dinosaur, etc), an introverted and troubled teenager who feels alienated and alone, and Continue reading