ALIEN COVENANT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ridley Scott Stars: Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Danny McBride, Billy Crudup, Demian Bichir, Nathaniel Dean, Jussie Smollett, Callie Hernandez, Carmen Ejogo, Guy Pearce, James Franco. With 2012’s Prometheus, director Ridley Scott returned to the Alien universe that he created way back in 1979 with the claustrophobic and terrifying Alien. The concept has undergone a number of permutations with various sequels and different directors stamping their mark on the series over forty years. Prometheus was a prequel to Alien Continue reading

THE ROVER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: David Michod Stars: Guy Pearce, Robert Pattinson, David Field, Scoot McNairy, Anthony Hayes, Nash Edgerton, Susan Prior, Gillian Jones. David Michod broke through to the consciousness of Australian and international audiences with his gritty crime drama Animal Kingdom. Expectations were high for his follow up film, and while The Rover doesn't quite hit the same heights as Animal Kingdom it is a stylistically interesting if bleak, violent and downbeat drama set in the not too distant future and this genre piece may well divide audiences. Continue reading

PROMETHEUS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ridley Scott Stars: Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Guy Pearce, Noomi Rapace, Rafe Spall, Sean Harris, Idris Elba, Logan Marshall-Green. In 1979, Alien indelibly stamped itself on the consciousness of filmgoers with its memorable sequence of the alien creature bursting forth from John Hurt’s stomach before running amok on a space ship in outer space, where no-one could hear you scream. Thirty-three years later, director Ridley Scott returns to the Alien franchise for this prequel which is set in 2093, some forty years before the Continue reading

THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Kevin Reynolds Stars: Guy Pearce, Jim Caviziel, Richard Harris, Dagmara Dominiczky While Alexandre Dumas' classic tale Of The Three Musketeers has been a favourite of Hollywood with many cinematic incarnations over the years, there have also been several film adaptations of The Count Of Monte Cristo, a stirring nineteenth century tale of betrayal and revenge. The two best known screen versions include the 1934 swash buckler, with Robert Donat in the title role, and a 1974 made-for-television movie released theatrically, with Continue reading

THE TIME MACHINE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Simon Wells, Gore Verbinski (uncredited) Stars: Guy Pearce, Jeremy Irons, Orlando Jones, Samantha Mumba. Like the recent "re-imaginings" of classic films Planet Of The Apes and Get Carter, this updated version of The Time Machine is a completely unnecessary remake that adds little, and ultimately fails to improve on the original. George Pal's 1960 version of H G Wells' sci-fi classic won an Oscar for its special effects, although now they seem dated by today's standards. However, this new special effects laden version is unlikely Continue reading