THE COMMUTER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jaume Collet-Serra Stars: Liam Neeson, Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Sam Neill, Jonathan Banks, Florence Pugh, Elizabeth McGovern, Shazad Latif, Dean-Charles Chapman, Andy Nyman, Killian Scott, Clara Lago, Roland Moller. Non-stop on a train? Ever since he reinvented himself as the vengeful father out to rescue his daughter from kidnappers in the 2008 action thriller Taken, Liam Neeson has been pigeonholed as the go-to man to play the aging hero with a particular skill set who is able to take down the bad guys. He has basically Continue reading

THE FOUNDER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: John Le Hancock Stars: Michael Keaton, Nick Offerman, John Carroll Lynch, Laura Dern, Linda Cardellini, Patrick Wilson, B J Novak, Mike Pniewski. The Founder was inspired by the biography of Ray Kroc, the man who turned a small hamburger stand in San Bernardino California into McDonalds, a fast food empire spanning the globe, employing thousands, and reaping in billions of dollars every year. It feeds approximately 1% of the world's population, and its golden arches are one of the most readily recognised symbols on the planet. How Continue reading

THE CONJURING 2

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: James Wan Stars: Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Frances O'Connor, Simon McBurney, Franke Potente, Madison Wolfe, Benjamin Haigh, Lauren Esposito, Patrick McAuley, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Simon Delaney, Bab Adrian. Having established himself as one of the top directors of horror films working in Hollywood at the moment, James Wan (Saw, Insidious, etc) continues to mine the exploits of real life paranormal ghost hunters Ed and Lorraine Warren in this sequel to the 2013 box office hit The Conjuring. The Warrens made their reputation after Continue reading

YOUNG ADULT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jason Reitman Stars: Charlize Theron, Patrick Wilson, Patton Oswalt. Young Adult is a dark, bleak and uncomfortable comedy written by Oscar winner Diablo Cody (Juno, etc), who manages to create believable, flesh and blood but deeply flawed characters. The film re-unites her with Juno director Jason Reitman (Thank You For Smoking, Up In The Air, etc), who is one of the smartest young filmmakers working in Hollywood today. Charlize Theron plays Mavis Gary, the former psychotic bitchy prom queen who returns to her small-town of Continue reading

INSIDIOUS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: James Wan Stars: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Lin Shaye, Ty Simpkins, Barbara Hershey, Angus Sampson, Leigh Whannell. Aussie film making duo of Leigh Whannell and James Wan (who met at RMIT) are best known for giving us the lucrative torture porn franchise Saw. Their 2007 collaboration, the low budget Dead Silence, virtually disappeared without a trace. The pair has reunited for Insidious, a variation on the classic haunted house story that uses many of the expected hoary cliches of the genre to generate an atmosphere of mounting Continue reading