THE LADY IN THE VAN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Nicholas Hytner Stars: Maggie Smith, Alex Jennings, Roger Allam, Jim Broadbent, Dominic Cooper, James Corden, Frances de la Tour, Sam Spruell, Claire Foy, Cecilia Noble. Based on the stage play written by Alan Bennett, one of most successful contemporary playwrights in England with credits including The History Boys, The Madness Of King George, etc, this is "mostly a true story" that mixes fact and fiction in an entertaining mix. The play was inspired by Bennett's encounter with Mary Shepherd (dual Oscar winner Maggie Smith), the Continue reading

LAST CAB TO DARWIN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jeremy Sims Stars: Michael Caton, Mark Coles Smith, Emma Hamilton, Jacki Weaver, Ningali Lawford-Wolf, David Field, John Howard. Based on a true story, Last Cab To Darwin is a rich and beautifully written character study that tells the story of Rex Macrae (Michael Caton), a taxi driver from Broken Hill diagnosed with terminal stomach cancer, who drives all the way to Darwin to try and take advantage of the new euthanasia laws being enacted in the Northern Territory. Actor turned director Jeremy Sims (Beneath Hill 60, etc) and his regular Continue reading

RUBEN GUTHRIE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Brendan Cowell Stars: Patrick Brammall, Abbey Lee, Alex Dimitriades, Robyn Nevin, Jack Thompson, Jeremy Sims, Harriet Dyer, Brenton Thwaites. Brendan Cowell is a likeable enough character and is a familiar face through his work on stage, on television with appearances in Love Your Way, and through his film work. He has written and starred in films like the WWI drama Beneath Hill 60 and the cricket comedy Save Your Legs, and starred in Matthew Saville's drama Noise, for which his performance won an Australian Film Critics Award. Cowell Continue reading

ANNIE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Will Gluck Stars: Jamie Foxx, Rose Byrne, Quvenzhane Wallis, Cameron Diaz, Bobby Cannavale, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, David Zayas, Zoe Margaret Colleti, Nicolette Pierini, Eden Duncan Smith, Amanda Troya, Dorian Missick, Tracie Thomas, Mike Birbiglia, Stephanie Kurtzuba. This new version of the feelgood hit play about the little orphan girl Annie searching for the parents who abandoned her is serviceable enough but probably unnecessary. The character was originally created for a comic strip by Harold Gray, but in the 70s Thomas Continue reading

MY OLD LADY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Israel Horovitz Stars: Kevin Kline, Maggie Smith, Kristin Scott Thomas, Dominique Pinon, Noemie Lvovsky, Stephane Freiss. Mathias Gold (Kevin Kline) is a thrice divorced, down and out failed writer and suicidal former alcoholic whose life is a mess. A native New Yorker he arrives in Paris intending to sell the spacious apartment he has inherited from his estranged father for some much needed cash. But to his consternation he finds that the apartment is occupied by the feisty 90 year old Mathilde Girard (Maggie Smith) and her daughter Continue reading