MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Christopher McQuarrie Stars: Tom Cruise, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Henry Cavill, Rebecca Ferguson, Alec Baldwin, Sean Harris, Vanessa Kirby, Angela Bassett, Michelle Monaghan, Wes Bentley. Most film franchises seem to run out of inspiration before too long, but the Mission Impossible series seems to have gone from strength to strength, with the Brad Bird helmed Ghost Protocol being arguably the strongest film to date. Rogue Nation (2015) took the series in a slightly different direction under the direction of Christopher McQuarrie Continue reading

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: J J Abrams Stars: Daisy Ridley, John Boyenga, Oscar Isaac, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson, Andy Serkis, Gwendolyn Christie, Lupita Nyong'o, Max Von Sydow, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Simon Pegg, Billie Lourd, Kenny Baker, Warwick Davis, Ken Leung, Greg Grunwald, Mark Hamill. Star Wars: The Force Awakens, or Star Wars VII, is probably the most anticipated film of the year so far. Often though when expectations are so high the result can be disappointing, as with recent offerings like Hunger Games: Mockingjay Continue reading

ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Terry Jones Stars: Simon Pegg, Kate Beckinsale, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Joanna Lumley, Eddie Izzard, Rob Riggle, Emma Pierson, voices of Robin Williams, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones. Outside of the first two films in Edgar Wright's so-called Cornetto Trilogy, Simon Pegg's film career has probably seen more misses than hits. He recently redeemed his reputation with roles in Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation and the romantic comedy Man Up, although the latter's success was due more to the superb chemistry he Continue reading

MAN UP

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ben Palmer Stars: Lake Bell, Simon Pegg, Rory Kinnear, Sharon Horgan, Ophelia Lovibond, Olivia Williams, Harriet Walter, Ken Stott, Stephen Campbell Moore, Henry Lloyd-Hughes. There have been a lot of romantic comedies hitting our screens of late, and unfortunately most of them are either too formulaic, mean spirited or too raunchy. Which is why Man Up proves to be a nice surprise as it brings a fresh new take on the tired formula. The lively, witty and fast paced script is the first feature script written by Tess Morris, who plays with Continue reading

KILL ME THREE TIMES

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Kriv Stenders Stars: Simon Pegg, Alice Braga, Teresa Palmer, Sullivan Stapleton, Callan Mulvey, Luke Hemsworth, Bryan Brown. This is the type of noir-inspired film that Australian filmmakers do really well when they tackle the genre. Written by first time writer James McFarland Kill Me Three Times is a vicious and offbeat black comedy take on the noir genre with a high body count. McFarland uses a non linear narrative structure reminiscent of classics like The Usual Suspects or early Tarantino and Coen brothers. Simon Pegg (who Continue reading