MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2017 – week 2 reviews

ALL FILMS REVIEWED BY GREG KING LAST UPDATED AUGUST 18, 2017 THE BELKO EXPERIMENT. The Stanford Prison Experiment meets Battle Royale? Belko is a US non-profit organisation based in Bogota in Colombia, which works to facilitate American businesses wanting to operate in South America. One day though an unusually high level of security seems to be visible around the high rise office building. As the employees go about their business, a wall of steel shutters surrounds the building and a mysterious voice suddenly comes over the PA system Continue reading

MOTHER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director:Albert Brooks Stars:Albert Brooks, Debbie Reynolds, Rob Morrow, Lisa Kudrow, Isabel Glasser, Peter White, John C McGinley A number of complex Oedipal issues and dysfunctional family relationships are put under the microscope in this quite funny comedy from writer/director Albert Brooks (Defending Your Life, Lost In America, etc), who has often been described as the west coast Woody Allen. His sharp and satirical tales about flawed and occasionally neurotic people looking for happiness and the meaning of life in contemporary Continue reading

SET IT OFF

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: F Gary Gray Stars: Jada Pinkett, Queen Latifah, Vivica A Fox, Kimberly Elise, John C. McGinley Running Time: 120 minutes. It's unusual to find a tough, contemporary crime thriller in which the main protagonists are Afro-American women, which is probably why local film distributors have not known how to handle or effectively market Set It Off. This surprisingly moral, yet exciting and proficiently staged action movie breaks some of the unwritten rules of the crime thriller genre. Set It Off begins with a bank robbery that goes Continue reading