SKYSCRAPER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Neve Campbell, Pablo Schreiber, Roland Moller, Noah Taylor, Chin Han, Byron Mann, Hannah Quinlivan, McKenna Roberts, Noah Cottrell. Skyscraper is essentially a cross between Die Hard, the best action film of the 80s, and The Towering Inferno, the best of the 70s cycle of disaster films with an all-star cast and great special effects for its period. This is a big dumb action film, and no-one is better at making big dumb action blockbusters than the charismatic Dwayne Johnson, who is Continue reading

FREE FIRE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ben Wheatley Stars: Cillian Murphy, Sharlto Copley, Armie Hammer, Brie Larson, Michael Smiley, Sam Riley, Jack Reynor, Noah Taylor, Enzo Cilenti, Babou Ceesay, Patrick Bergin. While certainly ambitious in endeavour, the setup for Free Fire is simplicity itself. Boston 1978. Two groups meet in a deserted dockside warehouse to conduct a deal to buy guns. On one side of the deal are Irishmen Chris (Cillian Murphy, from Peaky Blinders, etc) and Frank (Michael Smiley), and on the other side a gang led by the dapper Vernon (South Continue reading

THE MENKOFF METHOD

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: David Parker Stars: Noah Taylor, Lachlan Woods, Jessica Clarke, Robert Taylor, Malcolm Kennard, Catherine McClements, Olga Makeeva, David Whiteley, Andy Ryan, John Brumpton. Cinematographer David Parker has, with his wife writer/director Nadia Tass, created some of the best Australian comedies, with the classic Malcolm and The Big Steal. But when branching out as a filmmaker on his own the results have been a little less spectacular. With The Menkoff Method Parker steps back into the director's chair for the first time since 1997's Continue reading

PREDESTINATION

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Michael and Peter Spierig Stars: Ethan Hawke, Sarah Snook, Noah Taylor, Christopher Kirby. I came, I watched, I left scratching my head. Predestination is a mind bending time travel sci-fi drama that raises a lot of questions but struggles to provide adequate answers. It's one of those puzzling and complex films that almost demands to be seen twice in order to assemble the pieces of the puzzle, a bit like Inception, etc. Predestination is the third film from local twin filmmaking brothers Peter and Michael Spierig, who obviously have Continue reading

EDGE OF TOMORROW

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Doug Liman Stars: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, Brendan Gleeson, Noah Taylor, Kick Gurry, Jonas Armstrong, Tony Way, Franz Drameh, Dragamir Mrsic. Like him or hate him, there is no denying that Tom Cruise has good commercial instincts that have rarely let him down. Vanilla Sky was a rare failure, but it allowed him to work with director Cameron Crowe, and Knight And Day was a routine action comedy that hardly stretched his talents. And Cruise seems to have found a niche for himself in special effects heavy sci-fi action thrillers Continue reading