A MOST VIOLENT YEAR

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: J C Chandor Stars: Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, Albert Brooks, David Oyelowo, Alessandro Nivola, Elyes Gabel, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Peter Gerety, Ashley Williams. In 1981 New York was a city in decline, and statistically was regarded as one of the most violent years in its history, with both the crime and murder rate spiraling. This era of lawlessness forms the backdrop for this character driven piece about crime and corruption. This is the third film from director J C Chandor, whose impressive filmography includes Margin Call, a Continue reading

JOHN DOE: VIGILANTE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Kelly Dolen Stars: Jamie Bamber, Lachy Hulme, Ditch Davey, Daniel Lissing, Sam Parsonon, Harry Pavlidis, Brendan Clearkin, Brian Wenzel. There have been a lot of films in which a vigilante, disillusioned by the ineffectual legal system and a police force seemingly unable to control the streets, takes the law into his own hands to reclaim our violent cities. Films like these play to our innate sense of justice and fairness, and also to our prejudices. The genre briefly gave Charles Bronson a renewed career boost with his increasingly Continue reading

SON OF A GUN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Julius Avery Stars: Ewan McGregor, Brenton Thwaites, Alicia Vikander, Matt Nable, Tom Budge, Jacek Koman,. One of the few genres that Australian filmmakers seem to get right is the crime genre, and this year has delivered a couple of great little thrillers in Felony and The Reckoning, although neither exactly set the box office alight. Which is a shame because they deserved a bigger audience. And so does this tough but derivative generic crime thriller. There are hopes that this film will fare strongly at the box office, but it may well Continue reading

LIFE OF CRIME

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Daniel Schecter Stars: Jennifer Aniston, John Hawkes, yasiin bey, Tim Robbins, Isla Fisher, Mark Boone Junior, Will Forte, Charlie Tahan. The gritty crime novels of the late, great and prolific Elmore Leonard feature a colourful cast of inept, low life crooks who are usually out of their depth and caught up in ambitious but half-baked crooked enterprises that inevitably go awry. Leonard's dialogue is droll and snappy and his prose style is inherently cinematic, which means they should lend themselves to the big screen. But it takes a Continue reading

THE RECKONING

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: John V Soto Stars: Jonathan Lapaglia, Viva Bianca, Hanna Mangan-Lawrence, Luke Hemsworth, Alex Williams, Amanda Dow. The crime thriller is one of the few genres that Australian film makers seem to do well, and we have a superior example of the genre with Felony currently screening. The low budget crime drama The Reckoning will unfortunately struggle to receive even half the accolades and recognition that Matthew Saville's drama has garnered. This low budget local crime drama will probably be cynically identified as that film that Continue reading