DADDY’S HOME 2

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Sean Anders Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Will Ferrell, Mel Gibson, John Lithgow, Linda Cardellini, Alexandra Ambrosio, John Cena, Owen Vaccaro, Scarlett Estevez, Didi Costine. Not only do Christmas movies tend to be narkier and mean spirited in recent times, but they also seem to be hitting cinemas earlier. Even though it is only November we have three Christmas themed films in our multiplexes. There is Bad Moms 2, the home invasion black comedy Better Watch Out, and now we get Daddy's Home 2, the underwhelming Continue reading

CAPTAIN FANTASTIC

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Matt Ross Stars: Viggo Mortensen, George MacKay, Frank Langella, Kathryn Hahn, Steve Zahn, Nicholas Hammond, Anne Dowd, Samantha Isler, Annalise Basso, Shree Crooks, Charlie Shotwell, Trin Miller. Despite the title this is not a superhero movie. Captain Fantastic is a quirky mix of comedy, drama, journey of self discovery, and coming of age story and something quite different from the usual mainstream fare. Ben Cash (Viggo Mortensen) and his wife Leslie have left behind civilization, living off the grid and raising their kids in Continue reading

A MONTH OF SUNDAYS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Matt Saville Stars: Anthony LaPaglia, Julia Blake, John Clarke, Justine Clarke, Indiana Crowther, Donal Forde. A Month Of Sundays is the third film from writer/director Matt Saville (a veteran of television with credits ranging from the telemovie The King to sitcom Please Like Me), and is something of a change of pace for a filmmaker widely considered as one of our best. His first two films were the multi-award winning Noise and Felony, both character-driven police dramas that explored themes of guilt, responsibility, family and secrets. Continue reading

LOOKING FOR GRACE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Sue Brooks Stars: Richard Roxburgh, Radha Mitchell, Odessa Young, Terry Norris, Kenya Pearson, Harry Richardson, Myles Pollard, Tasma Walton. Looking For Grace is the fifth feature film from award winning Australian filmmaker Sue Brooks (the cross cultural romance of Japanese Story, The Road To Nhill, etc). It's been six years since her last film (2009's Subdivision), and like her previous works it deals with a journey of discovery, is set in a remote location, and explores themes of loneliness, family, friendship. This quirky Continue reading

NOW ADD HONEY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Wayne Hope Stars: Robyn Butler, Portia De Rossi, Lucy Durack, Hamish Blake, Lucy Fry, Angus Sampson, Philippa Coulthard, Erik Thompson, David Field, Robbie Magasiva, Ben Lawson. We've seen lots of films depicting dysfunctional families, and we can now add the the field this grating and largely unfunny locally made comedy that focuses on the Morgan family. A few years ago there was a rather dreary comedy entitled Did You Hear About The Morgans?, and the answer then was a resounding "I wish I hadn't". Much the same answer applies to this Continue reading