A QUIET PLACE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: John Krasinski Stars: John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe, Cade Woodward. In a quiet place, no one can hear you scream? A well-made, tense and suspenseful horror film from director John Krasinski (best known for his work on the US version of tv sitcom The Office), A Quiet Place is also as scary as hell. Not since last year’s Don’t Breathe has the use of silence been such an effective and potent cinematic tool for creating edge of the seat tension and a palpable sense of dread. A Continue reading

KILLING GROUND

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Damien Power Stars: Aaron Pederson, Ian Meadows, Harriet Dyer, Aaron Glenane, Julian Garner, Maya Stange, Tiarnie Coupland. Just when you thought it was safe to venture back into the woods along comes this nifty thriller in which a weekend camping trip to the beach turns into a battle for survival. This taut thriller is the debut feature film for from Australian writer/director Damien Power, a short film maker whose Peekaboo screened at the St Kilda Film Festival a couple of years ago. The use of the bucolic outback setting to Continue reading

THE SHALLOWS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Juame Collet-Serra Stars: Blake Lively, Oscar Jaenada, Angelo Jose, Brett Cullen, Sedoni Legge. Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the cinema, along comes another shark thriller. Ever since Steven Spielberg gave us the summer blockbuster with Jaws in 1975, great white sharks have been given something of a bad reputation by Hollywood filmmakers. The success of Jaws also produced a number of sequels and other killer shark themed movies, some of them quite risible by comparison. The Shallows comes from young Spanish Continue reading

THE REVENANT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu Stars: Leonardo Di Caprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson, Will Poulter, Forrest Goodluck, Lukas Haas, Paul Anderson, Brendan Fletcher, Javier Botet, Kristoffer Joner. Oscar winning director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu follows up his acclaimed Birdman with this visually stunning but bleak, grueling and brutal revisionist western based on a true story of survival and revenge and the resilience of the human spirit. And he has given us what should be an early contender for one of the films of the year! The Revenant Continue reading

THE REEF

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Andrew Traucki Stars: Damien Walshe-Howling, Gyton Grantley, Zoe Naylor, Adrienne Pickering, . Ever since Jaws scared the bejesus out of us 35 years ago, there have been numerous rip-offs, sequels and variations on the theme. Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water along comes The Reef, a low budget Australian made thriller that quite effectively plays on our fear of sharks. Based on a true story, the premise behind The Reef is, in many ways, similar to that of the low budget Open Water, which told the story Continue reading