A WRINKLE IN TIME

Reviewed by GREG KING Director Ava DuVernay Stars: Storm Reid, Levi Miller, Reese Witherspoon, Oprah Winfrey, Mindy Kaling, Chris Pine, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Pena, Deric McCabe, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Andrew Holland, Rowan Blanchard, David Oyelowo, Daniel MacPherson, Tim Kang. Madeleine L’Engle’s popular 1962 YA fantasy novel A Wrinkle In Time has long been considered difficult to adapt to the screen. There was a four-hour television miniseries made for Canadian tv in 2004 which featured some shoddy special effects and ordinary performances. This version has Continue reading

BETTER WATCH OUT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Chris Peckover Stars: Levi Miller, Olivia De Jonge, Ed Oxenbould, Dacre Montgomery, Aleks Mikic, Patrick Warburton, Virginia Madsen.   Home Alone with a body count? This blackly comic, dark and subversive variation on the home invasion drama is a bit like a warped cross between Home Alone, Michael Haneke's disturbing Funny Games, Bob Clark's 1970s slasher thriller Black Christmas, and the 80s horror/slasher thriller Silent Night, Deadly Night. And it is unexpectedly entertaining. The film is set during the lead up to Continue reading

JASPER JONES

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Rachel Perkins Stars: Toni Collette, Dan Wyllie, Hugo Weaving, Levi Miller, Angourie Rice, Aaron McGrath, Kevin Long, Myles Pollard, Matt Nable. Based on the much loved 2009 novel written by Craig Silvey, Jasper Jones is a dark coming of age tale that has often been called an Australian cross between Stand By Me and To Kill A Mockingbird. The film is set in the hot summer of 1969 in the fictional small West Australian mining town of Corrigan. 1969 was a time of great social change in Australia – the Vietnam war was raging and Continue reading

RED DOG: TRUE BLUE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Kriv Stenders Stars: Levi Miller, Bryan Brown, Hanna Mangan-Lawrence, Jason Isaacs, Thomas Cocquerel, Calen Tassone, John Jarratt, Kee Chan, Jessica Clarke, Zen McGrath. Kriv Stenders' Red Dog was a feel good film that captivated Australian audiences way back in 2011. It was a genuine crowd pleaser and a tear jerker and also one of the highest grossing films of the year. It proved so popular that are sequel was probably inevitable given how the industry works. But is has taken five years to bring a sequel to the screen. Stenders Continue reading

PAN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Joe Wright Stars: Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund, Rooney Mara, Levi Miller, Amanda Seyfried, Nonso Anozie, Kathy Burke, Adeel Akhtar, Bronson Webb, Cara Delvingne, Paul Kaye. J M Barrie first created the character of Peter Pan, the boy who could fly and who never grew up, back in 1902. He then featured the character in the 1904 play Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up, which enjoyed incredible success. Since then the character has featured in several stories, and been filmed many times, firstly in a silent film in 1924, but most Continue reading