VENOM

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ruben Fleischer Stars: Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Jenny Slate, Scott Haze, Reid Scott, Woody Harrelson, Peggy Lu. Yet another superhero movie, this one featuring a second-tier character from the Marvel stable. Or should that be a super-anti-hero, because Venom is not your usual superhero? We first met Venom in the Sam Raimi-helmed Spiderman 3, when he was played by Topher Grace. And despite its origins with Spiderman, Venom clearly sits outside the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film itself has been produced by Sony Continue reading

SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ron Howard Stars: Alden Ehrenreich, Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton, Donald Glover, Paul Bettany, Joonas Suotamo, Linda Hunt, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Jon Favreau, Erin Kellyman, Ray Park. This stand-alone Star Wars film gives us the backstory of the roguish Han Solo, how he met Chewbacca and got his hands on the iconic Millennium Falcon. Solo has been written by Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back, Return Of The Jedi, etc) and his son Jonathan. Kasdan knows his Star Wars lore, and Solo is filled with sly Continue reading

THE DUEL – interview with Kieran Darcy Smith

by GREG KING The Duel is a new western starring Liam Hemsworth and Woody Harrelson. The director is Aussie actor turned director Kieran Darcy Smith, who previously gave us the drama Wish You Were Here. In this in-depth and wide ranging interview Greg chatted to Kieran about casting Hemsworth and Harrelson, a couple of unusual alternative casting choices that didn't happen, Hollywood filmmaking, and the dearth of good westerns. http://www.mediafire.com/file/tusda6jlc4wtspk/211206_002.MP3   Continue reading

TRIPLE 9

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: John Hillcoat Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Casey Affleck Anthony Mackie, Kate Winslet, Woody Harrelson, Aaron Paul, Norman Reedus, Gal Gadot, Clifton Collins jr, Teresa Palmer, Michael K Williams, Michelle Ang, E Roger Mitchell. Australian director John Hillcoat makes visceral, violent, dark and aggressively masculine thrillers, ranging from the bleak prison drama Ghosts... Of The Civil Dead through to the gritty outback western The Proposition, the apocalyptic journey into a heart of darkness with The Road or the prohibition era crime drama Continue reading

FREE BIRDS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jimmy Hayward Stars: voices of Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson, Colm Meany, George Takei, Amy Poehler. An animated Braveheart with turkeys? This brisk but far fetched animated film about a couple of time travelling turkeys who try to change history and the traditional Thanksgiving feast could just about write its own one-line reviews. Something along the lines of "it fails to soar" or "this year's Thanksgiving turkey" spring to mind. But thankfully this debut film from Dallas based animation company Reel FX is not quite that dire. Regie Continue reading