DADDY’S HOME 2

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Sean Anders Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Will Ferrell, Mel Gibson, John Lithgow, Linda Cardellini, Alexandra Ambrosio, John Cena, Owen Vaccaro, Scarlett Estevez, Didi Costine. Not only do Christmas movies tend to be narkier and mean spirited in recent times, but they also seem to be hitting cinemas earlier. Even though it is only November we have three Christmas themed films in our multiplexes. There is Bad Moms 2, the home invasion black comedy Better Watch Out, and now we get Daddy's Home 2, the underwhelming Continue reading

HACKSAW RIDGE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Mel Gibson Stars: Andrew Garfield, Vince Vaughn, Hugo Weaving, Teresa Palmer, Rachel Griffiths, Sam Worthington, Richard Roxburgh, Firani Dirass, Ben Mingay, Nathaniel Buzolic, Luke Bracey, Darcy Bryce, Milo Gibson, Robert Morgan, Phillip Quast, Ryan Corr. For a long time now Mel Gibson's career has been tarnished by the media spotlight focusing on his off screen dramas and personal meltdowns, and people tend to forget what a great filmmaker he is. But this year Gibson has started on the comeback trail to redemption with a strong Continue reading

HACKSAW RIDGE – interviews

by GREG KING Hacksaw Ridge tells the story of Desmond Doss, a conscientious objector who enlisted in the US Army to serve as a medic during WWII. He was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honour for his heroic actions on Okinawa, where he rescued some 75 soldiers from the battlefield while under heavy artillery fire. This is Mel Gibson's first film as a director since Apocalypto a decade ago. It features a cast of great Australian actors like Sam Worthington, Hugo Weaving, Teresa Palmer alongside Andrew Garfield and Vince Vaughn. Greg speaks to Firass Dirani (from the Continue reading

BLOOD FATHER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jean-Francois Richet Stars: Mel Gibson, Erin Moriarty, William H Macy, Michael Parks, Miguel Sandoval, Diego Luna, Dale Dickey, Raoul Max Trujillo. This gritty and brutal action thriller is a pulp tale of redemption and an interesting father/daughter dynamic, and it marks a return to form of sorts for troubled actor Mel Gibson. He has had smaller roles playing the over the top villain in films like Machete Kills and The Expendables 3, but this is his first leading role since 2011's Get The Gringo. Gibson stars a Link, an ex-con Continue reading

THE BEAVER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jodie Foster Stars: Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, Anton Yelchin, Riley Thomas Stewart, Jennifer Lawrence. There have been a number of films dealing with the issue of depression and mental breakdowns, but The Beaver is a challenging film that takes an unusual and bizarre route, and makes for uncomfortable viewing. Jodie Foster’s films as a director (Little Man Tate and 1995’s more comedic and lightweight Home For The Holidays) are shaped by psychological insights into dysfunctional characters and family situations. Her first film as a Continue reading