BETTER WATCH OUT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Chris Peckover Stars: Levi Miller, Olivia De Jonge, Ed Oxenbould, Dacre Montgomery, Aleks Mikic, Patrick Warburton, Virginia Madsen.   Home Alone with a body count? This blackly comic, dark and subversive variation on the home invasion drama is a bit like a warped cross between Home Alone, Michael Haneke's disturbing Funny Games, Bob Clark's 1970s slasher thriller Black Christmas, and the 80s horror/slasher thriller Silent Night, Deadly Night. And it is unexpectedly entertaining. The film is set during the lead up to Continue reading

THE VISIT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: M Night Shyamalan Stars: Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould, Peter McRobbie, Deanna Dunagan, Kathryn Hahn. M Night Shyamalan subverts the usual expectations of the fairy tale visit with kindly old grandmother with this mix of horror and uncomfortable black comedy. The subdued horror film The Visit marks a return to form of sorts for the Sixth Sense filmmaker, whose last couple of films were the awful The Last Airbender and After Earth, both of which were massive box office flops. Part of the problem with Shyamalan's films is that, ever since 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

ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD VERY BAD DAY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Miguel Arteta Stars: Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Ed Oxenbould, Dylan Minnette, Kerris Dowsey, Jennifer Coolidge, Megan, Bella Thorne, Sidney Fullmer, Mekai Curtis, Megan Mullally, Lincoln Melcher, Dick Van Dyke. In the same vein as the Diary Of A Wimpy Kid series, comes this family friendly film from Disney, which is based on a popular children's book, written by Judith Viorst in 1972. It has taken nearly four decades to bring the picture book to the screen, but first time script writer Rob Lieber has done a good job of updating the Continue reading