HACKSAW RIDGE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Mel Gibson Stars: Andrew Garfield, Vince Vaughn, Hugo Weaving, Teresa Palmer, Rachel Griffiths, Sam Worthington, Richard Roxburgh, Firani Dirass, Ben Mingay, Nathaniel Buzolic, Luke Bracey, Darcy Bryce, Milo Gibson, Robert Morgan, Phillip Quast, Ryan Corr. For a long time now Mel Gibson's career has been tarnished by the media spotlight focusing on his off screen dramas and personal meltdowns, and people tend to forget what a great filmmaker he is. But this year Gibson has started on the comeback trail to redemption with a strong Continue reading

EVEREST

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Baltasar Kormakur Stars: Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, Jake Gyllenhaal, John Hawkes, Emily Watson, Martin Henderson, Sam Worthington, Michael Kelly, Kiera Knightley, Robin Wright, Elizabeth Debecki, Thomas M Wright, Naoko Mori. I've never particularly been interested in climbing a mountain, and after seeing this dramatic feature about a tragic attempt to climb Mt Everest in 1996, I have even less interest. Although paradoxically many who watch the film may somehow be inspired to take up the challenge. Since Edmund Hillary conquered Mt Continue reading

KIDNAPPING MR HEINEKEN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Daniel Alfredson Stars: Jim Sturgess, Sam Worthington, Ryan Kwanten, Anthony Hopkins, David Dencik, Mark van Eeuwen, Thomas Cocquerel. In 1983, five financially strapped businessmen and friends kidnapped Alfred "Freddy" Heineken, the Dutch brewing tycoon and held him for ransom. At the time, the $21 million ransom was the highest ever paid for an individual. To help finance their kidnapping though the five men first robbed a bank in a daring daylight robbery. They constructed a couple of soundproof chambers at the back of a Continue reading

PAPER PLANES

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Robert Connolly Stars: Sam Worthington, Ed Oxenbould, Deborah Mailman, David Wenham, Peter Rowsthorn, Nicholas Bakopoulos-Cooke, Ena Imai, Terry Norris. The idea of a film about a paper plane competition may not sound the most riveting prospect, but this gentle, family friendly locally made comedy/drama is actually a crowd pleaser that holds plenty of appeal. Paper Planes offers a nice and emotionally satisfying journey, and explores universal themes of grief, bullying, father-son relationships, friendship and the importance of winning Continue reading