LION

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Garth Davis Stars: Dev Patel, Sunny Pawal, Nicole Kidman, David Wenham, Rooney Mara, Divian Ladwa. The moving Australian-produced drama Lion is based on the true story of Saroo Brierley, a young Indian boy from a poor rural family who, the age of five, became separated from his older brother Guddu in his native village and who eventually found his way home a quarter of a century later. Saroo (played by newcomer Sunny Pawal) became lost on a train that carried him 1500 miles away from home to the alien environment and the Continue reading

THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Matt Brown Stars: Dev Patel, Jeremy Irons, Toby Jones, Jeremy Northam, Devika Bhise, Arundhati Nag, Richard Johnson, Malcolm Sinclair,  Stephen Fry, Anthony Calf. There have been a few films exploring the lives of flawed genius mathematicians - from the Oscar winning A Beautiful Mind, a biopic about bipolar mathematician John Nash and his inner turmoil, through to The Imitation Game, a true life drama about Alan Turing, who helped crack Germany's unbreakable Enigma Code thus turning the tide of WWII. Turing is regarded as the father of Continue reading

CHAPPIE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Neill Blomkamp Stars: Dev Patel, Hugh Jackman, Sharlto Copley, Sigourney Weaver, Ninja, Yo-landi Visser, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Brandon Auret, Johnny Selema. South African filmmaker Neill Blomkamp is best known for his breakthrough feature District 9, which was an ambitious mix of high concept science fiction and allegorical social commentary about many of the issues facing contemporary post-apartheid South Africa. His follow up film Elysium was a similarly ambitious mix of dystopian sci-fi and social realism, but it was less Continue reading

THE SECOND BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: John Madden Stars: Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Dev Patel, Bill Nighy, Richard Gere, Ronald Pickup, Penelope Wilton, Celia Imrie, Tamsin Greig, Tena Desae, Lillet Dubey, David Strathairn, Diana Hardcastle, Shazad Latif. Is this the most ironically apt film title of the year? The original and life affirming Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was one of the surprise hits of 2012, so it's not surprising that the producers have had a second bite at the cherry with this obligatory sequel. But the film suffers from the usual fate of most Continue reading