JASPER JONES

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Rachel Perkins Stars: Toni Collette, Dan Wyllie, Hugo Weaving, Levi Miller, Angourie Rice, Aaron McGrath, Kevin Long, Myles Pollard, Matt Nable. Based on the much loved 2009 novel written by Craig Silvey, Jasper Jones is a dark coming of age tale that has often been called an Australian cross between Stand By Me and To Kill A Mockingbird. The film is set in the hot summer of 1969 in the fictional small West Australian mining town of Corrigan. 1969 was a time of great social change in Australia – the Vietnam war was raging and Continue reading

INFERNO

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ron Howard Stars: Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones, Ben Foster, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Omar Sy, Irrfan Khan, Xavier Laurent, Ana Ulara, Ida Darvish. Inferno is the third film adapted from the series of novels written by Dan Brown featuring the religious symbologist Robert Langdon (played by Tom Hanks). A symbologist is the type of arcane profession that only exists within the cloistered world of academia or the pages of thriller novels. Although the second novel in the series, it was the bestselling The Da Vinci Code, which has sold Continue reading

THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Tate Taylor Stars: Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson, Haley Bennett, Justin Theroux, Luke Evans, Allison Janney, Edgar Ramirez. Based on the best selling novel by Paula Hawkins that has sold over eleven millions copies since it was published in 2012, The Girl On The Train is an erotic adult mystery thriller that serves up a potent mix of sex, violence, domestic violence, marital discord, voyeurism and murder. It will inevitably invite comparisons to Gone Girl, although this film is nowhere near as compelling or dark or engaging as Continue reading

BROOKLYN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: John Crowley Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Emory Cohen, Domhnall Gleeson, Jim Broadbent, Julie Walters, Jane Brennan, Brid Brennan, Fiona Glascott. Set in the 1950s, this Oscar nominated romantic story exploring one woman's experience of the post-war immigration to America is also a sweet love story and coming of age tale. Eilis Lacey (played by Saoirse Ronan) is an introspective, sensitive and somewhat naive young Irish girl who leaves her small, claustrophobic village and goes to Brooklyn for work and a new life. She leaves behind the insular Continue reading

BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Rowan Joffe Stars: Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth, Mark Strong, Anne Marie Duff. A woman with anterograde amnesia, a rare form of memory loss tries to find out the truth behind the traumatic accident responsible for her condition. But how far can she trust her husband? And can she trust the mysterious psychiatrist who is treating her? Memory loss has been the driving force of many films, from Christopher Nolan's tricky and intelligent Memento through to the action-oriented The Bourne Identity, and even the comedic Adam Sandler vehicle 50 Continue reading