THREE SUMMERS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ben Elton Stars: Robert Sheehan, Rebecca Breeds, John Waters, Michael Caton, Magda Szubanski, Deborah Mailman, Jacqueline McKenzie, Kelton Pell, Kate Box, Amay Jain, Peter Rosethorn, Christian Van Vuren, Nick Boshier, Caroline Brazier. This amiable crowd-pleasing comedy is set against the backdrop of the fictitious annual Westival Folk Music Festival in Western Australia. Every year people gather to enjoy the music and the atmosphere. Amongst the regular visitors are the WArrikins, an Irish folk music band fronted by fiddle Continue reading

A FEW LESS MEN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Mark Lamprell Stars: Xavier Samuel, Kris Marshall, Kevin Bishop, Ryan Corr, Shane Jacobson, Lynette Curran, Darren Gilshenan, Deborah Mailman, Sacha Horler, James Helm, Jeremy Sims. 2011’s comedy A Few Best Men was a surprise hit with audiences, although it was largely dismissed by critics. And now we get this largely unnecessary sequel that no-one really asked for. This sequel to A Few Best Men takes up immediately where the first film left off. The straight-laced David Locking (Xavier Samuel) has just gotten married Continue reading

ODDBALL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Stuart McDonald Stars: Shane Jacobson, Sarah Snook, Alan Tudyk, Coco Jack Gillies, Deborah Mailman, Frank Woodley, Terry Camilleri, Richard Davies, Dave Lawson, Tegan Higginbotham. As local films like Storm Boy, Babe, Happy Feet and Red Dog have shown, the formula for making a successful family friendly film seems pretty simple. All you need is a cute, mischievous animal - preferably a dog - after all, dogs have been the main character in some great films over the years, from the classic tearjerkers Greyfriar's Bobby and Lassie Come Home Continue reading

PAPER PLANES

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Robert Connolly Stars: Sam Worthington, Ed Oxenbould, Deborah Mailman, David Wenham, Peter Rowsthorn, Nicholas Bakopoulos-Cooke, Ena Imai, Terry Norris. The idea of a film about a paper plane competition may not sound the most riveting prospect, but this gentle, family friendly locally made comedy/drama is actually a crowd pleaser that holds plenty of appeal. Paper Planes offers a nice and emotionally satisfying journey, and explores universal themes of grief, bullying, father-son relationships, friendship and the importance of winning Continue reading

RABBIT PROOF FENCE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Phillip Noyce Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Deborah Mailman, Everlyn Sampri, Tianna Sansbury, Laura Monaghan, David Gulpilil, Garry MacDonald. After several big budget Hollywood thrillers (Patriot Games, The Bone Collector, etc), Phillip Noyce returns home for this rather small scale but very topical film exploring one of the more controversial chapters of Australia’s recent history – the issue of the stolen children. Set in 1931, the film, based on a true story, follows the adventures of three young girls as they travel 1200 miles Continue reading