DENIAL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Mick Jackson Stars: Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson, Timothy Spall, Andrew Scott, Harriet Walter, Jack Lowden, Alex Jennings, Mark Gatiss, Caren Pistorius, John Sessions. The well-acted and intelligent courtroom drama Denial is a dramatic depiction of the real life high profile 1996 libel trial in which controversial historian and Holocaust denier David Irving (here played by Timothy Spall) sued American academic and historian Deborah Lipstadt (Rachel Weisz) for libel over comments she made about him in her book Denying The Holocaust: The Continue reading

SNOWDEN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Oliver Stone Stars: Joseph Gordon Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Rhys Ifans, Nicolas Cage, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quino, Tom Wilkinson, Timothy Olyphant, Scott Eastwood, Ben Schnetzer, Ben Chaplin, Logan Marshall Green, Joely Richardson. Dual Oscar winning filmmaker Oliver Stone is a polarising figure with a strong political conscience whose films often shake up the establishment. His films have often explored themes of power and corruption and complex issues about American values in the modern world. He has explored some of the darker Continue reading

FELONY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Matthew Saville Stars: Tom Wilkinson, Joel Edgerton, Jai Courtney, Melissa George, Sarah Roberts. One particular genre that Australian filmmakers seem to get right is the gritty crime drama - films like Animal Kingdom and the underrated and criminally ignored The Square are amongst some of the finest in the genre and mix violence with some laconic humour. The forthcoming Cut Snake is a generic noir like drama but it is also quite hard-hitting and violent. Chosen to close the recent Melbourne International Film Festival, Felony comes Continue reading

THE CONSPIRATOR

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Robert Redford Stars: Robin Wright, Colm Meaney, Kevin Kline, James McAvoy, Tom Wilkinson, Danny Huston, Evan Rachel Wood, Justin Long. As a director Robert Redford seems to be drawn towards stories that explore his interest in politics, American history and miscarriages of justice. He has found the ideal material in the story of Mary Surratt (Robin Wright), a widow who was arrested and charged alongside many of the key conspirators in the assassination of President Lincoln. The government assumed that because she ran a Continue reading

BURKE & HARE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: John Landis Stars: Simon Pegg, Andy Serkis, Christopher Lee, Jenny Agutter, Ronnie Corbett, Tom Wilkinson, Isla Fisher, Tim Curry. This wonderfully entertaining and farcical black comedy about murder and grave robbing hails from the newly reinvigorated Ealing Studios, and it harks back to some of the classics from the studio, like The Ladykillers and Kind Hearts And Coronets. Burke & Hare is set in 1820’s Edinburgh, at a time when surgeons were exploring the frontiers of medical knowledge and expanding their knowledge of Continue reading