THE BOOK THIEF

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Brian Percival Stars: Emily Watson, Geoffrey Rush, Sophie Nelisse, Barbara Auer, Nico Liersch, Ben Schnetzer. The Book Thief is based on the best selling and acclaimed novel written by Australian author Markus Zusak, and like the superb The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas, it looks at the horrors of war from a child's perspective, which makes it both powerful and somehow more unsettling. On the eve of WWII, illiterate nine-year old Liesel (newcomer Sophie Nelisse, who made her film debut in Monsieur Lazhar) is sent to live with her foster Continue reading

THE EYE OF THE STORM

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Fred Schepisi Stars: Charlotte Rampling, Geoffrey Rush, Judy Davis, Colin Friels, John Gaden, Alexandra Schepisi, Helen Morse, Robyn Nevin, Maria Theodorakis. This visually rich and literate adaptation of Patrick White’s novel marks Fred Schepisi’s first Australian film since Evil Angels, over 20 years ago. Written in 1973, White’s novel was an exploration of class issues in Australian society in the early 70’s, but much of it still seems relevant today. Elizabeth Hunter (Charlotte Rampling, in fine form) is the imperious, Continue reading

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Rob Marshall Stars: Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Ian McShane, Richard Griffith, Penelope Cruz, Sam Claflin. Johnny Depp returns for the fourth time as the foppish pirate Captain Jack Sparrow in a film that is only marginally more enjoyable than the overblown and bloated Pirates 3. Rob Marshall, who is better known for musicals like Chicago, etc, has been brought aboard to revamp the franchise, but wisely he doesn’t tamper too much with the winning formula. There is still plenty of swashbuckling action and a healthy dose of the Continue reading

SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: John Madden Stars: Joseph Fiennes, Gwyneth Platrow, Geoffrey Rush, Colin Firth, Imelda Staunton, Tom Wilkinson, Ben Affleck, Martin Clunes, Judi Dench, Simon Callow, Jim Carter, Joe Roberts, Rupert Everett, Antony Sher, Mark Williams. This bawdy, slightly irreverent but delightfully entertaining romantic comedy offers us a fictional interpretation of the creation of Romeo And Juliet, one of literature's greatest tragic love stories. The film is set in the Elizabethan London of 1593. Up and coming young playwright Will Shakespeare Continue reading