SWINGING SAFARI

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Stephan Elliott Stars: Guy Pearce, Kylie Minogue, Radha Mitchell, Asher Keddie, Julian McMahon, Jeremy Sims, Atticus Robb, Darcey Wilson, Jack Thompson, Jacob Elordi, Chelsea Glaw, Richard Roxburgh. Set in the 1970s, Stephan Elliott’s latest film is a semi-autobiographical coming of age comedy and satirical look at Australian culture and values of the time. It was a time of laissez-faire parenting, lazy weekends spent on the beach, sunburned kids long before the era of “slip, slop, slap”, and a time when Continue reading

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