CHAPPIE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Neill Blomkamp Stars: Dev Patel, Hugh Jackman, Sharlto Copley, Sigourney Weaver, Ninja, Yo-landi Visser, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Brandon Auret, Johnny Selema. South African filmmaker Neill Blomkamp is best known for his breakthrough feature District 9, which was an ambitious mix of high concept science fiction and allegorical social commentary about many of the issues facing contemporary post-apartheid South Africa. His follow up film Elysium was a similarly ambitious mix of dystopian sci-fi and social realism, but it was less Continue reading

BLENDED

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Frank Coraci Stars: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Kevin Nealon, Wendi McLendon Covey, Bella Thorne, Emma Fuhrmann, Alyvia Alyn Lind, Braxton Beckham, Kyle Red Silverstein, Jessica Lowe, Zac Henri, Terry Crews, Abdoulaye NGam, Joel McHale, Shaquille O'Neill, Dale Steyn, Tim Herlihy, Allen Covert. Adam Sandler has inflicted on audiences more cinematic atrocities than his good mate Rob Schneider, which is no easy task. No amount of therapy can erase from my mind those abominations that are the dire Jack And Jill and appallingly bad That's Continue reading

MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Justin Chadwick Stars: Idris Elba, Naomie Harris,  Deon Lotz. The recent death of Nelson Mandela lends an extra significance and poignant quality to this earnest but fairly conventional biopic. Mandela was of course the inspirational anti-apartheid activist, the political prisoner turned politician, and Nobel-prize winning elderly statesman who led South Africa through its turbulent transition from racist state to a period of equality and black rule. And Clint Eastwood's Invictus showed how the wily politician used the Rugby World Cup to Continue reading

BEAUTY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Oliver Hermanus Stars: Deon Lotz, Charlie Keegan. Set in post-apartheid South Africa, Beauty is a powerful, challenging and confronting drama about passion, repression and infatuation. Winner of the Queer Palm award at Cannes, Beauty is a disturbing and provocative examination of one man's damaging self-hatred, and it draws parallels with the complex political situation in South Africa itself, a country still coming to terms with turbulent changes in its social structure. Francois van Heerden (Deon Lotz) is a respectable, middle-aged Continue reading