WONDER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Stephen Chbosky Stars: Jacob Tremblay, Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Izabela Vidovic, Mandy Patinkin, Noah Jupes, Bryce Ghesiar, Daveed Diggs, Millie Price, Nadji Jeter, Danielle Rose Russell. Based on the best-selling 2013 young adult novel written by R J Palacio, Wonder tells the story of 10-year old August Pullman (played by Jacob Tremblay, who was so good in Room), a sensitive and intelligent boy who was born with Treacher Collins syndrome, a genetic disfiguring craniofacial abnormality. He underwent 27 Continue reading

MONEY MONSTER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jodie Foster Stars: George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Jack O'Connell, Caitriona Balfe, Giancarlo Esposito, Dominic West, Dennis Boutsikaris, Christopher Denham, Lenny Venito, Chris Bauer, Emily Meade, Aaron Yoo. This thriller about an unusual hostage situation is a sort of Dog Day Afternoon for the post GFC crowd. It also plays to our own innate suspicion and distrust of financiers, bankers and corporate executives who deal in hundreds of millions of dollars from investors, both large and small, but who are rarely held accountable when it Continue reading

MOTHER’S DAY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Garry Marshall Stars: Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, Julia Roberts, Timothy Olyphant, Jason Sudeikis, Britt Robertson, Jack Whitehall, Hector Elizondo, Shay Mitchell, Cameron Esposito, Margo Martindale, Asif Mandvi, Robert Pine, Sarah Chalke, Ella Anderson, Loni Love, Lucy Walsh, Jennifer Garner, Larry Miller, Sean O'Bryan, Brandon Spink, Caleb Brown, Jon Lovitz, Grayson Russell. Mother's Day is the third film in director Garry Marshall's unofficial trilogy based around Hallmark-like "special events" holidays, and it follows the bland 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

AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: John Wells Stars: Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Chris Cooper, Ewan McGregor, Benedict Cumberbatch, Margo Martindale, Sam Shepard, Dermot Mulroney, Juliette Lewis, Julianne Nicholson. If two hours of watching a dysfunctional family yelling and tearing strips off each other is your thing, then this adaptation of Tracy Lett's acclaimed drama August: Osage County will provide you with plenty of enjoyment. I saw the three-hour play staged by the Melbourne Theatre Company a couple of years ago, with Robyn Nevin in the role of the formidable Continue reading