PADDINGTON 2

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Paul King Stars: voices of Ben Whishaw, Imelda Staunton, Michael Gambon; Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Hugh Grant, Madeleine Harris, Samuel Joslin, Brendan Gleeson, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi, Tom Conti, Julie Walters, Ben Miller, Richard Ayoade, Joanna Lumley. Paddington, the marmalade loving bear from the wildest jungles of Peru who found a new home in the suburbs of London, was created by the late Michael Bond in 1958. Since then the late author wrote over 100 books about the misadventures of Paddington; they have sold Continue reading

MAUDIE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Aisling Walsh Stars: Sally Hawkins, Ethan Hawke, Kari Matchett, Gabrielle Rose, Zachary Bennett, Billy MacLennan, Lawrence Barry. Most biopics of artists depict them as troubled, flawed characters suffering for their art and dealing with their own obsessions and insecurities and personal demons. Maudie is no different as it gives us a touching portrait of Maude Lewis, who was born in Nova Scotia in 1905, and, despite suffering from a debilitating illness, became one of Canada's most beloved folk artists. Maude (played here by Continue reading

X + Y

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Morgan Matthews Stars: Asa Butterfield, Sally Hawkins, Rafe Spall, Eddie Marsan, Martin McCann, Jo Yang. This moving drama about an autistic teenage maths prodigy is something of a cross between A Beautiful Mind, The Big Bang Theory and an adolescent RainMan. The film itself has been based on director Morgan Matthews' own 2007 documentary Beautiful Young Minds, which looked at the prestigious International Mathematics Olympiad, an international competition that brings together the best and brightest from around the world. This is a Continue reading

HAPPY EVER AFTERS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Stephen Burke Stars: Sally Hawkins, Tom Riley, Jade Yourell, Michael McElhatton, David Pearse, Sinead Maguire. A new film has snuck into Melbourne cinemas without any fanfare or media previews. It is Happy Ever Afters, an Irish romantic comedy made in 2009 and which has been sitting on a distributor’s shelf for a couple of years. It is basically a tale of two wedding receptions that go wrong. Sally Hawkins (from Happy Go Lucky, the recent Submarine, etc) stars as Maura, a single mother struggling to make ends meet. She has Continue reading

JANE EYRE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Cary Fukunaga Stars: Mia Wasikowska, Sally Hwkins, Michael Fassbender, Jamie Bell, Judi Dench. This is the umpteenth version of Charlotte Bronte’s classic novel of a plain, obscure and poor orphan girl who lands a job as a governess and eventually captures the heart of her mysterious employer. This 22nd version of the timeless Gothic romance is a visually sumptuous and handsomely mounted production, but it is also quite bland and dull. Technical contributions are excellent, from Adriano Goldman’s gorgeous cinematography, to Will Continue reading