RIDE LIKE A GIRL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Rachel Griffiths Stars: Theresa Palmer, Sam Neill, Brooke Satchwell, Sullivan Stapleton, Stevie Payne, Magda Szubanski, Shane Bourne, Mick Molloy, Aaron Glenane, Genevieve Morris. In 2015 Michelle Payne rode the 100-1 shot Prince of Penzance to victory in the Melbourne Cup, becoming the first female jockey to win the prestigious two-mile race in its 150 year history. It’s an inspirational, moving and feel good under dog story of triumph in the face of adversity and overcoming the odds. Her story shares a few common elements with Continue reading

DON’T TELL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Tori Garrett Stars: Jack Thompson, Aden Young, Sara West, Rachel Griffiths, Susie Porter, Martin Sacks, Robert Taylor, Jacqueline McKenzie, Robert Coleby, Gyton Grantley, Kiara Freeman, Leeanna Walsman, Ashlee Lollback, Caroline Kennison. Based on a true story, this Australian courtroom drama shares a common theme with the Oscar winning drama Spotlight. Both films deal with themes of sexual abuse, cover ups, abuse of power, truth, justice and the courage to fight against injustice. While that film depicted the Boston Globe’s 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

AMONG GIANTS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Sam Miller Stars: Pete Postlethwaite, Rachel Griffiths, James Thornton, Lennie James, Andy Serkis, Rob Jarvis, Alan Williams, Sharon Bower, Steve Huison. Simon Beaufoy, writer of The Full Monty, knows the depressing working class areas of northern England quite well, and he returns to this familiar background for the setting of his latest film. However, Among Giants is a decidedly inferior film, lacking the charm, warmth, gritty honesty, and winning humour that made that modest film a crowd pleaser. Actually written before The Continue reading