NERVE

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman Stars: Emma Roberts, Dave Franco, Emily Meade, Miles Heizer, Juliette Lewis, Machine Gun Kelly, Brian Marc, Marc John Jeffries. Nerve is a popular on-line social media game in which competitors are set challenges, a bit like an internet version of Fear Factor. The more dangerous the challenge the more money a person can make, but if you fail to complete the challenge you get nothing. All of the challenges have to be filmed using the competitor's mobile phones. There are two categories of people 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

CONVICTION

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Tony Goldwyn Stars: Hilary Swank, Sam Rockwell, Melissa Leo, Minnie Driver, Juliette Lewis, Peter Gallagher, Ari Graynor. Hilary Swank was obviously on the lookout for more Oscar bait when she chose Conviction as her next film project. Part courtroom drama, part prison film, Conviction is based on a true story of a miscarriage of justice, and tells of another battler fighting against injustices and the complex legal system in the same vein as Erin Brockovich, The Hurricane etc. It showcases the type of strong, tenacious working Continue reading