MARY POPPINS RETURNS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Rob Marshall Stars: Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Colin Firth, Meryle Streep, Julie Walters, Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh, Joel Dawson, Angela Lansbury, Dick Van Dyke, Jeremy Swift, Kobna Holbrook-Smith, David Warner, Jim Norton, voices of Chris O'Dowd, Mark Addy. It's been fifty years since Disney released their endearing and enduring live action musical adaptation of P L Travers' Mary Poppins, fantastical tale of the magical nanny who arrived to heal the Banks family in their time of trouble. Continue reading

THE GRINCH

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Yarrow Cheney, Scott Mosier Stars: voices of Benedict Cumberbatch, Cameron Seely, Rashida Jones, Kel Thompson, Angela Lansbury, Pharrell Williams, Tristan O'Hare. Under the pseudonym of Dr Seuss, Theodore Geisel (who died in 1991) is one of the best-selling authors of children’s books and he wrote over 40 books. Surprisingly he also penned the script for the bizarre 1953 film The 5,000 Fingers Of Dr T. Many of his books have provided material for a number of short films and animations, while a handful have been turned into Continue reading

WOMEN HE’S UNDRESSED

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Gillian Armstrong. Orry-Kelly was born in the NSW town of Kiama in 1897, and made his reputation as a costume designer in Hollywood during its Golden Age. He designed costumes for some 300 films, including enduring classics like Casablanca, Some Like It Hot, etc. He won three Oscars along the way. And in the 20s he roomed with a young actor named Archibald Leach in Greenwich Village. But despite all of this Orry-Kelly is not that well known. This fascinating, informative and entertaining documentary from Gillian Armstrong Continue reading

MR POPPER’S PENGUINS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Mark Waters Stars: Jim Carrey, Angela Lansbury, Carla Gugino, Maxwell Perry Cotton, Madeline Carroll, Olivia Lovibond, Clark Gregg, David Krumholtz. Audiences seem to have a fascination with penguins on screen. The delightful animated Happy Feet was a huge box office success, and we reveled in the scene stealing antics of the penguins in the animated Madagascar series. And of course we marveled at the documentary March Of The Penguins. This latest Jim Carrey comedy also features lots of cute penguins. Mr Popper’s Continue reading