SERIOUSLY RED

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Gracie Otto Stars: Krew Boylan, Thomas Campbell, Daniel Webber, Celeste Barber, Jean Kittson, Bobby Cannavale, Rose Byrne, Tony Barry, Wayne Blair. Seriously Red is a cautionary tale about obsession, fandom, and discovering who you are. This Australian jukebox musical draws from the songbook of iconic singer Dolly Parton, and in style and look is something of a throwback to the 90s. The film is the brainchild of star and writer Krew Boylan (from tv series A Place To Call Home, etc) and director Gracie Otto.   Boylan plays Continue reading

PETER RABBIT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Will Gluck Stars: Domhnall Gleeson, Rose Byrne, Sam Neill, Marianne-Jean Baptiste, voices of James Corden, Margot Robbie, Elizabeth Debicki, Daisy Ridley, Ewen Leslie, Sia, Colin Moody, Fayssal Bazzi. Beatrix Potter’s iconic and beloved creation comes to the big screen in this fast-paced family friendly film that deftly mixes live action with CGI animation. The eponymous Peter Rabbit (voiced by James Corden, from One Man, Two Guvnors, etc) is a rascally, recently orphaned character who loves Continue reading

THE MEDDLER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Lorene Scafaria Stars: Susan Sarandon, Rose Byrne, J K Simmons, Michael McKean, Cecily Strong, Lucy Punch, Jerrod Carmichael, Jason Ritter, Billy Magnusson, Jo Jordan, Amy Landecker, Harry Hamlin, Laura San Giacomo, Shiri Appleby, Randall Park. The Meddler gives Oscar winning veteran Susan Sarandon her best role in years, and she seizes the opportunity with an impassioned and winning performance. Sarandon playes the recently widowed Marnie Minervini, who leaves her beloved New York behind to move to Los Angeles to be closer to her only Continue reading

BAD NEIGHBOURS 2

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Nicholas Stoller Stars: Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, Zac Efron, Chloe Grace Moretz, Dave Franco, Selena Gomez, Kiersey Clemons, Ike Barinholtz, Carla Gallo, Lisa Kudrow, Abbi Jacobson, Hannibal Buress, Kelsey Grammer, Beanie Feldstein. It seems that sequels are almost obligatory now whenever a comedy manages to gross over $200 million, but most of them fall short of the standards established by the original. Thus recently the studios have inflicted upon long suffering audiences such dire turkeys as Zoolander 2, Anchorman 2, Ride Along 2, Continue reading

SPY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Paul Feig Stars: Melissa McCarthy, Rose Byrne, Jason Statham, Jude Law, Allison Janney, Miranda Hart,Peter Serafinowicz, Bobby Cannavale. The normally overbearing and rough around the edges comedian Melissa McCarthy is bearable in smaller support roles, such as Bridesmaids and the recent St Vincent, which is arguably her best work. When front and centre as the star of comedies though her vehicles are often crude and unfunny, like Tammy or Identity Thief, and her moutor-mouthed shtick eventually becomes tiresome and grating. So it is Continue reading