LUCKY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: John Carroll Lynch Stars: Harry Dean Stanton, Beth Grant, Tom Skeritt, James Darren, Ed Begley jr, David Lynch. There is a poignant and melancholy quality to this sweet natured film, which is the swan song for revered actor Harry Dean Stanton, who passed away in September this year at the age of 91. Stanton delivers one of his finest performances in this low key and unassuming little independent drama that is an existential meditation on mortality and death and the things we leave behind. Johnny Cash's song I See Darkness further Continue reading

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

THE FOUNDER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: John Le Hancock Stars: Michael Keaton, Nick Offerman, John Carroll Lynch, Laura Dern, Linda Cardellini, Patrick Wilson, B J Novak, Mike Pniewski. The Founder was inspired by the biography of Ray Kroc, the man who turned a small hamburger stand in San Bernardino California into McDonalds, a fast food empire spanning the globe, employing thousands, and reaping in billions of dollars every year. It feeds approximately 1% of the world's population, and its golden arches are one of the most readily recognised symbols on the planet. How Continue reading

TED 2

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Seth MacFarlane Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane, Amanda Seyfried, Jessica Barth, Morgan Freeman, Giovanni Ribisi, John Carroll Lynch, Sam J Jones, Patrick Warburton, Michael Dorn, Bill Smitrovich, John Slattery, Ron Canada, Liam Neeson, Cocoa Brown, Dennis Haysbert, Patrick Stewart, Sebastian Arcelus, Tom Brady, Jay Leno. Created by Seth MacFarlane in the 2012, Ted was an offbeat take on the usual buddy formula. Ted told the story of a teddy bear, given to a lonely young boy named John Bennett for a Christmas present, which Continue reading

HOT PURSUIT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Anne Fletcher Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Sofia Vergara, Matthew Del Negro, Michael Mosley, Robert Kazinsky, John Carroll Lynch, Richard T Jones, Joaquin Casio, Jim Gaffigan, Benny Nieves, Michael Ray Escamilla, Mike Birbiglia. Not to be confused with the 1987 comedy of the same name that starred a young John Cusack, this unoriginal and lacklustre action comedy is largely a female centric variation on the odd couple on the run, buddy cop, road movie formula that has driven films like the superior Midnight Run and 48 Hours and their Continue reading