ALL THIS MAYHEM

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Eddie Martin. Most skateboarding documentaries are pretty dull and of limited interest, mainly aimed at fans of the sport who will get off on the extreme action and stunts. There have been a few exceptions though where they have occasionally had broader appeal - films like Stacy Peralta's 2001 documentary Dogtown And Z-boys, which looked at the evolution of the skating culture in California in the 70s with the Zephyr skate team, and Lords Of Dogtown, Catherine Hardwicke's dramatised version of the same story starring Heath Continue reading

THE LUNCHBOX

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ritesh Batra Stars: Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Nakul Vaid, Bharati Achrekar, Sadashiv Kondaji Pokarkar. "Sometimes the wrong train will get you to the right place." The Lunchbox is a very unBollywood like film - it does away with the large scale colourful musical numbers and an inordinate running time, opting instead for a touch of bittersweet realism and style. Nonetheless, this touching romantic drama between two sad and lonely people played out via some delicious meals and a series of poignant letters has become a Continue reading

DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Matt Reeves Stars: Andy Serkis, Toby Kebbell, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Kodi-Smit McPhee, Kirk Acevedo, Jon Eyez, Enrique Murciano, Nick Thurston, Terry Notary, Judy Greer, Larramie Doc Shaw, Lee Ross. The original 1968 film Planet Of The Apes was a great piece of sci-fi that also offered a cautionary tale about nuclear proliferation and science out of control, and a world in which the natural order was turned upside down. It was both a critical and commercial success, and spawned a series of sequels and even a tv series. Continue reading

JERSEY BOYS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Clint Eastwood Stars: Johnny Lloyd Young, Vincent Piazza, Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda, Christopher Walken, Mike Doyle, Joey Russell, Steve Schrippa, Donnie Kehr, Barry Livingston, Freya Tingley, Renee Marino. "I'm gonna be as big as Sinatra," a young Frank Valli boasts to Mary, who becomes his first wife. And he did become famous as the front man for The Four Seasons, a band from New Jersey that hit it big in the 60s with hits like Sherry and Big Girls Don't Cry. While their hits may be familiar from classic hits radio, the backstory Continue reading

ROCK THE CASBAH

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Yariv Horowitz Stars: Yorn Tumarkin, Roy Niki, Yotam Ishay, Iftach Rave. A lot of Israeli films have dealt with the complicated and controversial situation of Palestine and the West Bank, and many of them have been fairly critical of the Israeli government's position. And so it is with Rock The Casbah, a drama that first screened at the Jewish Film Festival in 2013. Rock The Casbah is the debut feature film from director Yariv Horowitz, who has worked in television and made a few short films. Horowitz was an army photographer in the 90s Continue reading