LADIES IN BLACK

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Bruce Beresford Stars: Angourie Rice, Rachael Taylor, Julia Ormond,  Suzie Porter, Alison McGirr, Shane Jacobson, Ryan Corr, Noni Hazlehurst, Nicholas Hammond, Vincent Perez, Luge Pegler, Celia Massingham.   Sydney, summer of 1959, is the setting for this feel good local romantic drama that plays out against a backdrop of great change to the social fabric of Australia in the post WWII era. Goodes is the major fashionable department store in Sydney, catering to high end women’s fashion. Sixteen-year old Lisa Miles Continue reading

ALEX & EVE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Peter Andrikidis Stars: Richard Brancatisano, Andrea Demetriades, Tony Nikolakopoulos, Gia Carides, Simon Elrahi, Rahel Romahn, Millie Samuels, Andy Trieu, George Kapinaris, Ryan O'Kane, Alex Lycos, Helen Chebatte. This is the second locally produced cross-cultural romantic comedy to hit our screens in as many weeks. But this warm, funny and feel good crowd pleaser is far superior to the similarly themed UnIndian, which starred former cricketer Brett Lee. The film follows Alex (played by Richard Brancatisano, from Underbelly, etc), who 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

MANNY LEWIS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Anthony Mir Stars: Carl Baron, Leeanna Walsman, Roy Billing, Damien Garvey, Simon Westaway, Vincent Andriano. Two films with similar themes hit local cinema screens this week. One of them was Top Five, Chris Rock's semi-autobiographical and introspective comedy about a comedian trying to be taken seriously. The other is Manny Lewis, a surprisingly dull local production written by and starring comedian Carl Barron, a popular fixture on the stand up circuit and television, which is also an introspective look at the sad and troubled Continue reading