IN THE FADE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Fatih Akin Stars: Diane Kruger, Denis Moschitto, Numan Acar, Ulrich Friedrich Brandhoff, Ulrich Krisch, Hanna Hilsdorf, Rafael Santana. Filmmaker Fatih Akin (Head On, etc) understands the prejudice that Turks and other immigrants experience in Germany. It is this understanding that shapes In The Fade, his latest film, a powerful, challenging and confronting drama about terrorism and prejudice. Europe is in the grip of a rise in terrorism, fundamental religion, and extremism, and Germany particularly seems to be experiencing a Continue reading

ALLIANCE FRANCAISE FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL 2017 – REVIEWS

The 28th Alliance Francaise French Film Festival screens at Palace cinemas across Australia throughout March. The 45 films screening in this year’s festival offer a wonderful mix of artistry and genres, and feature some of the biggest names in French cinema. The opening night film is The Odyssey, a biopic about the legendary Jacques Costeau, while closing the festival this year is the new comedy A Bun In The Oven, starring Karin Viard. For sceening details check out the festival website. ALL FILMS REVIEWED BY GREG KING LAST UPDATED MARCH 12, 2017   SLACK Continue reading

FAREWELL, MY QUEEN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Benoit Jacquot Stars: Diane Kruger, Lea Seydoux, Virginie Ledoyen The lavish and visually stunning Farewell, My Queen is the sort of lavish costume drama that the French do so well. Based on the best selling novel by Chantal Thomas, and co-written with Gilles Taurant, Benoit Jacquot’s visually sumptuous drama is set in Versailles on the eve of the French Revolution, and explores this turbulent period of social upheaval. This film is laced with a palpable sense of danger as the end of an era approaches, and it explores themes of Continue reading

UNKNOWN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jaume Collet-Serra Stars: Liam Neeson, Diane Kruger, January Jones, Aidan Quinn, Bruno Ganz, Frank Langella. A strong character actor, Liam Neeson had an opportunity to flex his muscles as an action hero in the Euro thriller Taken, in which he played a former spy seeking vengeance on the slave traders who kidnapped his daughter. In Unknown he again flexes his muscles as the toughest, most resourceful and physically active amnesiac since Jason Bourne. Neeson plays Martin Harris, a scientist who arrives in Berlin with his wife Continue reading