GHOST STORIES

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman Stars: Andy Nyman, Martin Freeman, Paul Whitehouse, Alex Lawther, Paul Warren, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Samuel Bottomley, Jake Davies. This anthology of supposedly spooky supernatural stories works best as a homage of sorts to the old Hammer horror films of yesterday, in particular films like Dead Of Night from 1945. The three spooky encounters contained here are linked together by the presence of Phillip Goodman (played by co-writer and co-director Andy Nyman). Goodman is a cynical professor who Continue reading

CARGO

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Ben Howling, Yolande Ramke Stars: Martin Freeman, Susie Porter, Anthony Hayes, Simone Landers, Kris McQuade, David Gulpilil, Caren Pistorious, Natasha Wanganeen, Bruce R Carter. A strange virus has wiped out most of the population, leaving behind hordes of the walking dead. When someone is bitten by these “zombies” they have 48 hours before they are turned into one of these undead. Set in a post-apocalyptic remote outback Australia, Cargo follows Andy (Martin Freeman, from The Hobbit trilogy) and his wife Kay (Susie Porter) Continue reading

CARGO – Interview with Ben Howling and Yolande Ramke

by GREG KING Cargo has been described as a “zombie Walkabout.” It stars Martin Freeman (from The Hobbit trilogy, etc) as a man making his way through an apocalyptic wasteland to bring his young child to safety. Cargo began life as a short film in 2013 which screened at Tropfest and then found success on YouTube. Some four years later and creators Ben Howling and Yolande Ramke have translated their short film into a feature length film. The pair will attend some Q&A sessions and introduce the film. Cargo hits cinemas on May 17. Greg spoke to Ben and Yolande about Continue reading

BLACK PANTHER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ryan Coogler Stars: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Martin Freeman, Andy Serkis, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Daniel Kaluuya, Sterling K Brown. The 18th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe serves up something a little different. With the recent Guardians Of The Galaxy and Thor: Ragnarok the Marvel head honchos shook up the usual increasingly tired formula by introducing plenty of improvised humour and a looser feel to proceedings. With Black Panther they give us the first Continue reading

WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Glenn Ficarra and John Requa Stars: Tina Fey, Martin Freeman, Margot Robbie, Christopher Abbott, Billy Bob Thornton, Alfred Molina, Nicholas Braun, Stephen Peacocke, Josh Charles, Thomas Kretschman. Based on the 2011 book The Taliban Shuffle, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot looks at journalists in a war zone in Afghanistan. War is a serious matter, but there have been many comedies that have managed to wring laughs out of combat, especially black comedies like Catch 22, M*A*S*H, and even Good Morning Vietnam. Although not in the same league as Continue reading