POINT BREAK

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ericson Core Stars: Luke Bracey, Edgar Ramirez, Ray Winstone, Teresa Palmer, Delroy Lindo, Matias Varela, Clemens Schick, Tobias Santelmann, Max Thierot, James Le Gros. This is a fairly pointless and unnecessary remake of Kathryn Bigelow's hyper macho, testosterone fuelled 1991 cult action drama about a naive young FBI agent who infiltrated a gang of bank robbers who were using the proceeds of their crimes to fund their extreme sports lifestyle. That film was held together by the bromance that slowly developed between Keanu Reeve's FBI Continue reading

THE GUNMAN

  Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Pierre Morel Stars: Sean Penn, Javier Bardem, Idris Elba, Ray Winstone, Jasmine Trinca, Mark Rylance, Peter Franzen. It's unusual to see Oscar winning actor Sean Penn (Mystic River, Milk, etc) stuck in such a generic action movie, but that's exactly what we get here. There must have been some attraction in this adaptation of The Prone Gunman, a crime novel written in 1981 by the late French author Jean-Patrick Manchette, as Penn has also served as one of the producers as well as co-writing the script with Don MacPherson Continue reading

20,000 DAYS ON EARTH

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Directors: Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard. 20,000 Days On Earth documents a fictitious day in the life of one Nick Cave, of Australia's most iconic creative artists and one of the darlings of the alternative rock scene for over three decades. Directors Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard take an unusual approach with this informative and entertaining look at singer Nick Cave and his musical journey over the past thirty years. Instead of the usual documentary format though, Forsyth and Pollard give us something of a hybrid that follows Cave Continue reading

RANGO

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Gore Verbinski Stars: voices of Johnny Depp, Bill Nighy, Ned Beatty, Timothy Olyphant, Harry Dean Stanton, Alfred Molina, Ray Winstone, Isla Fisher. The spirit of the late, great Sergio Leone runs through this wonderfully entertaining animated spaghetti-style western. Rango contains the usual archetypes of those classic westerns from yesteryear. Thus we get the corrupt and power hungry mayor; the gunslinger who terrorises the town; the feisty rancher who is trying to hold on to her family farm; and the impressionable young kid Continue reading