SUICIDE SQUAD

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: David Ayer Stars: Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, Carla Delevinge. Jay Hernandez, Jai Courtney, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Common, Scott Eastwood, Ike Barinholtz, David Harbour, Ezra Miller, Ben Affleck, Kevin Vance, Adam Beach, Karen Fukuhara, Corina Calderon. A motley collection of psychopathic killers are released from prison to form a special team and sent on a suicide mission. No, this is not the classic 1967 World War Two action film The Dirty Dozen, but rather Suicide Squad, a superhero Continue reading

TERMINATOR GENISYS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Alan Taylor Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, Jason Clarke, J K Simmons, Dayo Okeniyi, Courtney B Vance, Matt Smith, Lee Byung-hun, Sandrine Holt. He promised he'd be back, and it's good to report that Arnold Schwarzenegger has returned to the Terminator franchise that made him a bona fide box office draw card, albeit looking little worse for wear. Thirty years ago James Cameron gave us an ambitious mix of sci-fi and action in the original Terminator movie about an unstoppable android sent back in time to kill the Continue reading

UNBROKEN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Angelina Jolie Stars: Jack O'Connell, Domhnall Gleeson, Garrett Hedlund, Jai Courtney, Takamasa Ishihara, Finn Wittrock, Alex Russell, Luke Treadaway, Spencer Lofranco, C J Valleroy, John D'Leo. This biopic of athlete and WWII survivor Louis Zamperini is something of a labour of love for Angelina Jolie. This is her second fiction feature as a director following 2011's drama In The Land Of Blood And Honey, which was set against the backdrop of the Bosnian war, and Unbroken shares a number of similar themes and ideas about the Continue reading

THE WATER DIVINER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Russell Crowe Stars: Russell Crowe, Olga Kuylenko, Steve Bastoni, Yilmez Erdogan, Ryan Corr, Jai Courtney, Dan Wyllie, Isabel Lucas, Jacqueline McKenzie, Cem Yilmaz, Denis Akdeniz, Damon Herriman, Megan Gale, Michael Dorman, Robert Mammone, James Frazer, Dylan Georgiades, Ben O'Toole. As we approach the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC landing at Gallipoli we can probably expect a surfeit of projects reexamining this bloody WWI campaign that defined the ANZAC legacy, an enduring legend forged in battle, with its accompanying themes of Continue reading

FELONY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Matthew Saville Stars: Tom Wilkinson, Joel Edgerton, Jai Courtney, Melissa George, Sarah Roberts. One particular genre that Australian filmmakers seem to get right is the gritty crime drama - films like Animal Kingdom and the underrated and criminally ignored The Square are amongst some of the finest in the genre and mix violence with some laconic humour. The forthcoming Cut Snake is a generic noir like drama but it is also quite hard-hitting and violent. Chosen to close the recent Melbourne International Film Festival, Felony comes Continue reading