A STAR IS BORN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Bradley Cooper Stars: Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, Anthony Ramos, Sam Elliott, Rafi Gavron, Andrew Dice Clay, Dave Chappelle, Ron Rifkin, Barry Shabaka Henley, Alec Baldwin, Greg Grunberg, Drena De Niro, Lukas Nelson. This is the fourth version of the classic story that was first filmed in 1937 with Frederick March and Janet Gaynor in the lead roles. It was notably remade in 1954 as a musical with James Mason and Judy Garland in the lead roles. It is forty years since we saw Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson in their version of A Continue reading

SUPERFLY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Director X Stars: Trevor Jackson, Kaalan Walker, Esai Morales, Michael Kenneth Williams, Lex Scott Davis, Andrea London, Jason Mitchell, Jennifer Morrison, Brian F Durkin, Big Bank Black, Antwan Big Boi Patton. This is a largely unnecessary remake of the 1972 Blaxploitation crime drama from director Gordon Parks jr, the son of legendary Blaxploitation filmmaker Gordon Parks, who gave us classic films like Shaft, etc. The original was a ground-breaking achievement as it one of the first films entirely financed and starring and Continue reading

TWO IS A FAMILY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Hugo Gelin Stars: Omar Sy, Clemence Poesy, Antoine Bertrand, Gloria Colston, Ashley Walters, Clementine Celarie, Raphael von Blumenthal. A remake of the 2013 Mexican comedy Instructions Not Included, the crowd pleasing Two Is A Family is sort of a Gallic Kramer Versus Kramer that deliberately tugs at the heartstrings. It was the most popular film at the French box office in 2017-18, and recently screened to great acclaim at the French Film Festival here in Australia. It stars Omar Sy, who was wonderful in the fantastic French Continue reading

MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Kenneth Branagh Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Michelle Pfeiffer, Johnny Depp, Willem Dafoe, Daisy Ridley, Josh Gad, Judi Dench, Olivia Colman, Penelope Cruz, Leslie Odom jr, Lucy Boynton, Sergei Polunin, Tom Bateman, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo. Strangers On A Train? Agatha Christie is the world's best-selling author, having sold some 2 billion copies of her crime and mystery novels. She has written 66 novels, 33 of which feature her famous creation, the arrogant, fastidious and brilliant Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot. Many of her books Continue reading

THE BEGUILED

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Sophia Coppola Stars: Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Colin Farrell, Elle Fanning, Angourie Rice, Oona Laurence, Addison Riecke, Emma Howard. For her sixth feature film, Sophia Coppola (Lost In Translation, etc) remakes the 1971 southern gothic western that was directed by Don Siegel and starred Clint Eastwood, who had achieved international fame and success in the Sergio Leone directed spaghetti western trilogy. Based on Thomas Cullinan’s 1966 novel The Painted Devil, The Beguiled was the third of five films that the pair Continue reading