THE CHILDREN ACT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Richard Eyre Stars: Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci, Fionn Whitehead, Ben Chaplin, Eileen Walsh. Fiona Maye (Emma Thompson) is a high court judge who specialises in family law cases and whose responsibility it is under 1989 British law to protect the welfare of minors. It is a duty the workaholic judge takes very seriously, and she has earned a reputation as one of the most respected judges in the country. She has had to make some tough decisions occasionally, such as ordering the separation of conjoined twins, over their parents’ Continue reading

SHOW DOGS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Raja Gosnell Stars: Will Arnett, Natasha Lyonne, Andy Beckwith, Omar Chaparro, voices of Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges, Alan Cumming, Stanley Tucci, Shaquille O'Neal, Jordin Sparks, Ru Paul, Gabriel Iglesias. Worst In Show? There have been several action comedies in which a police detective has been partnered with a canine. The best of this subgenre is 1989’s Turner And Hooch, which starred a pre-Oscar winning Tom Hanks. There was also James Belushi in the inferior K-9. And the recent A Dog’s Purpose featured a more serious subplot Continue reading

FINAL PORTRAIT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Stanley Tucci Stars: Geoffrey Rush, Armie Hammer, Tony Shalhoub, Clemence Poesy, Sylvie Testud, James Faulkner. In 1966, renowned portrait artist and sculptor Alberto Giacometti passed away soon after completing his final painting. In 1964 he had painted a portrait of American journalist and art lover James Lord, who had come to Paris for a brief visit. The portrait was only supposed to take a couple of days, but the increasingly frustrated Lord spent a couple of weeks with the mercurial artist in his Paris studio. Giacometti was Continue reading

MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2017 – REVIEWS

ALL FILMS REVIEWED BY GREG KING LAST UPDATED AUGUST 13, 2017 FINAL PORTRAIT. In 1964, renowned portrait artist and sculptor Albert Giacometti passed away soon after completing his final painting. He had painted a portrait of American journalist James Lord, who had come to Paris for a brief visit. The portrait was only supposed to take a couple of days, but the increasingly frustrated Lord spent a couple of weeks with the mercurial artist in his Paris studio. Final Portrait is a passion project for writer/director Stanley Tucci who has been nurturing the film Continue reading

TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Michael Bay Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Hopkins, Laura Haddock, Josh Duhamel, Isabela Moner, Glenn Morshower, John Turturro, Tony Hale, Mitch Pileggi, Santiago Cabrera, Jim Galligan, Stanley Tucci, voices of Peter Cullen, Frank Welker, Erik Aadahl, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Ken Watanabe, Jim Carter, Omar Sy, Reno Wilson, John DiMaggio, Jess Harnell, Gemma Chan. Michael Bay makes more robot porn for 13-year-old boys. Transformers: The Last Knight is the fifth instalment in Michael Bay’s series of big budget special effects Continue reading