MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2017 – REVIEWS

ALL FILMS REVIEWED BY GREG KING LAST UPDATED AUGUST 13, 2017 FINAL PORTRAIT. In 1964, renowned portrait artist and sculptor Albert Giacometti passed away soon after completing his final painting. He had painted a portrait of American journalist James Lord, who had come to Paris for a brief visit. The portrait was only supposed to take a couple of days, but the increasingly frustrated Lord spent a couple of weeks with the mercurial artist in his Paris studio. Final Portrait is a passion project for writer/director Stanley Tucci who has been nurturing the film Continue reading

GREEN ROOM

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jeremy Sauntier Stars: Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Patrick Stewart, Macon Blair, Callum Turner, Alia Shawkat, Joe Cole, Eric Edelstein, Mark Webber. Cinematographer turned director Jeremy Saulnier has begun to establish himself as an exciting and inventive filmmaker on the independent scene. His previous film was Blue Ruin, an edgy and nasty little revenge thriller that played well on the festival circuit. His latest film Green Room is a smart but harrowing and intense horror thriller which is a stylishly constructed throwback to some Continue reading

SECRET IN THEIR EYES

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Billy Ray Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman, Dean Norris, Alfred Molina, Joe Cole, Michael Kelly, Zoe Graham. This twisting thriller about murder, the search for justice, grief, obsession, revenge and the high emotional cost of vengeance is a workmanlike but ultimately uninspired US remake of the 2010 Oscar winning Argentine film from director Juan Jose Campanella. Writer/director Billy Ray has relocated the action from 1970s Buenos Aires, with its political tensions and air of corruption and conspiracy, to Los Continue reading