HOUNDS OF LOVE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ben Young Stars: Stephen Curry, Emma Booth, Ashleigh Cummings, Susie Porter, Harrison Gilbertson, Damian De Montemas. Australian filmmakers have produced some tough, gritty uncompromising crime dramas in the past, with films like Romper Stomper, The Boys, Animal Kingdom, and Snowtown all exploring the darker side of the Australian male psyche. Although stylish and well made, they were all tough films to sit through. The new Australian drama Hounds Of Love is similarly an oppressive, uncomfortable and challenging film to sit Continue reading

BERLIN SYNDROME

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Cate Shortland Stars: Teresa Palmer, Max Riemelt. Filmmaker Cate Shortland burst onto the scene in emphatic fashion in 2004 when her debut feature Somersault cleaned up at the AFI Awards in what was obviously a very lean year of the local film industry. Her latest film, her third feature, is Berlin Syndrome, a slow burning claustrophobic psychological thriller and twisted fairy tale that is largely a two-hander. Berlin Syndrome marks Shortland’s first foray into genre filmmaking and is, arguably, her most accessible film to Continue reading

PERSONAL SHOPPER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Olivier Assayas Stars: Kristen Stewart, Lars Eidinger, Sigrid Bouaziz, Nora von Waldstatten, Ty Olwin, Hammou Graia. Kristen Stewart is one of the more interesting actresses of her generation. Following the success of the tween vampire series Twilight, which gave her a higher profile, she has chosen to appear in intriguing and smaller budget art house fare and independent films like Adventureland, Welcome To The Rileys, Still Alice, etc; she played rocker Joan Jett in The Runaways; she has appeared in big budget fantasy films like Continue reading

THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: F Gary Gray Stars: Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Charlize Theron, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Kurt Russell, Tyrese Gibson, Chris Ludacris Bridges, Scott Eastwood, Helen Mirren, Luke Evans, Patrick St Esprit, Elsa Pataky, Janmario Santiago, Kristofer Hivju, Peter Hansen. The Fate Of The Furious is the eighth instalment in the successful franchise that has boasted some wildly over the top car action and outrageous stunts that defy the laws of gravity. But with each successive entry since Tokyo Drift, the third film in the Continue reading

LIFE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Daniel Espinosa Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds, Rebecca Ferguson, Ariyon Bakare, Hiroyuki Sanada, Olga Dihovichnaya. Some mad movie scientist has spliced together the DNA of Alien, John Carpenter’s The Thing and Gravity, and the result is Life, a slick claustrophobic sci-fi thriller. This extra-terrestrial creature feature is familiar stuff and ticks all the right boxes, and it fills a void and will suffice until Ridley Scott unleashes his Alien Covenant later in the year. The film is set aboard the International Space Continue reading