THE FLIP SIDE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Marion Pilowsky Stars: Eddie Izzard, Emily Taheny, Luke McKenzie, Vanessa Guide, Tina Bursill, Hugh Sheridan, Tiriel Mora, Susie Youssef. Lumbered with a terrible title, this low budget locally produced bittersweet romantic comedy is inert, laboured and painfully unfunny. Five years ago, narcissistic British actor Henry Selbert (Eddie Izzard) came to Adelaide to shoot a film, and he had an affair with the production’s chef Ronnie (comedian Emily Taheny, who was recently seen in That’s Not My Dog). When the movie finished shooting, Continue reading

BOOK CLUB

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Bill Holderman Stars: Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergin, Mary Steenburgen, Craig T Nelson, Andy Garcia, Richard Dreyfuss, Wallace Shawn, Ed Begley jr, Alicia Silverstone. Four lifelong female friends have formed their own book club as an excuse to get together regularly, taste some wine, swap stories and enjoy some good literature. Diane (Diane Keaton, from The Godfather trilogy and Oscar winner for Annie Hall) is recently widowed, and her daughters want her to move to Arizona to be closer to them as they fear that she Continue reading

THE BREAKER UPPERERS

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Madeleine Sami and Jackie Van Beek Stars: Madeleine Sami, Jackie Van Beek, James Rolleston, Cecilia Pacquola, Ana Scotney. As Neil Sedaka once sang: “Breaking up is hard to do”, and that is borne out in this quirky, edgy occasionally abrasive and original romcom from New Zealand. People have a pathological fear of breaking off their relationships, so it’s nice to have someone to turn to for help who has no emotional stake in the relationship. And that’s where the titular breaker Upperers come in useful. Chosen to open the 2018 Continue reading

I FEEL PRETTY

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein Stars: Amy Schumer, Michelle Williams, Rory Scovel, Tom Hopper, Busy Phillips, Aidy Bryant, Lauren Hutton, Emily Ratajkowski, Adrian Martinez, Naomi Campbell. When the trailer for I Feel Pretty first hit cinemas there was an immediate backlash because many thought that it was making fun of overweight women and was engaging in a bit of body shaming, which ultimately proved to be misleading. Rather this feel good romantic comedy delivers positive messages about Continue reading

FINDING YOUR FEET

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Richard Loncraine Stars: Imelda Staunton, Celia Imrie, Timothy Spall, Joanna Lumley, David Hayman, John Sessions, Josie Lawrence, Sian Thomas. Following its premiere as the closing night attraction at the 2017 British Film Festival, this formulaic and cliched bittersweet romcom gets a theatrical release. With its story of elderly Brits enjoying life and facing mortality, second chances and finding romance late in life, this is an endearing but flawed feel good film that will appeal to the same demographic Continue reading