BOY ERASED

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Joel Edgerton Stars: Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, Joel Edgerton, Flea, Joe Alwyn, Troye Sivan, Xavier Dolan, William Ngo. This is the second film to hit our screens in as many months to deal with the controversial subject of gay conversion therapy and the potential damage it can cause among the vulnerable and confused teens it aims to help. The first was Desiree Akhavan’s Sundance award winning drama The Miseducation Of Cameron Post, which starred Chloe Grace Moretz as a teen sent to a gay conversion camp. That film Continue reading

THE MUMMY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Alex Kurtzman Stars: Tom Cruise, Russell Crowe, Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson, Sofia Boutella, Courtney B Vance, Marwan Kenzai. Universal has launched a brand new franchise under the umbrella of Dark Universe, in which the studio plans to remake all of those classic monster movies from their vaults, like Dracula, Frankenstein, the Wolfman. Most of those monster movies from the 30s seem a little dated now, and the studio plans to drag them into the 21st century through CGI and modern cinema technology. The first film in this Continue reading

THE WATER DIVINER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Russell Crowe Stars: Russell Crowe, Olga Kuylenko, Steve Bastoni, Yilmez Erdogan, Ryan Corr, Jai Courtney, Dan Wyllie, Isabel Lucas, Jacqueline McKenzie, Cem Yilmaz, Denis Akdeniz, Damon Herriman, Megan Gale, Michael Dorman, Robert Mammone, James Frazer, Dylan Georgiades, Ben O'Toole. As we approach the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC landing at Gallipoli we can probably expect a surfeit of projects reexamining this bloody WWI campaign that defined the ANZAC legacy, an enduring legend forged in battle, with its accompanying themes of Continue reading

WINTER’S TALE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Akiva Goldsman Stars: Colin Farrell, Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Eva Marie Saint, William Hurt, Jessica Findlay Brown. "Magic is everywhere around us, you just have to know where to look," says the narrator of this whimsical fantasy/romance, which has been released in time to cash in on the Valentine's Day goodwill. But it will take more than magic or a miracle for the messy and incoherent Winter's Tale to seduce audiences into going along for the ride. Shakespeare it's not! Set in an alternative New York in the early part of the Continue reading

THE NEXT THREE DAYS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Paul Haggis Stars: Russell Crowe, Elizabeth Banks, Liam Neeson, Brian Dennehy, Helen Carey, Olivia Wilde. A moderately gripping yarn about a man who goes to extraordinary lengths to break his wife out of prison, The Next Three Days requires a healthy suspension of disbelief from the audience to succeed. Mild mannered college professor John Brennan (Russell Crowe) finds his life turned upside down when his lawyer wife Lara (Elizabeth Banks) is arrested for the murder of her colleague. Most of the evidence against her is Continue reading