Monthly Archives: April 2011

MRS CAREY’S CONCERT

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Directors: Robert Connelly and Sophie Raymond. This is not another of those films like Mr Holland’s Opus in which a dedicated teacher transforms the lives of their disadvantaged students through music. Rather this is a fascinating documentary that takes us inside a private girl’s school in Sydney and the music [...]

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INCENDIES

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Denis Villeneuve Stars: Lubna Azabal, Melissa Desameaux-Poulin, Maxim Gaudette, Remy Girard. Nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar this year, Incendies is a blistering drama about a mother’s love, families and secrets, revenge, religious hatred, and the mark the past leaves on the present. This heartbreaking and deeply involving [...]

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MEGA PIRANHA

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Eric Forsberg Stars: Paul Logan, Tiffany, Barry Williams, David Labiosa, Jude Gerard Prest, Jesse Daly. From film company The Asylum comes another spectacularly crappy low budget C-grade exploitation shocker. This is the same studio that specialises in releasing a number of cheap, low budget knock offs of well-known movies straight [...]

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THE ROUND UP

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Rose Bosche Stars: Jean Reno, Mélanie Laurent, Hugo Leverdez, Gad Elmaleh, Udo Schenk. This powerful and deeply moving film depicts one of the most shocking and shameful episodes of French history. In the early hours of July 16, 1942 the French police, at the direction of the Nazis, rounded up [...]

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ARTHUR

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jason Winer Stars: Russell Brand, Helen Mirren, Greta Gerwig, Jennifer Garner, Luiz Guzman, Nick Nolte, Geraldine James. At the start of the early 80’s, British comic Dudley Moore had something of a purple patch with his movie roles. First there was his scene stealing antics in a supporting role in [...]

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THE TEMPEST

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Julie Taymor Stars: Helen Mirren, Russell Brand, Chris Cooper, David Strathairn, Tom Conti, Djimon Hounsou, Felicity Jones, Alfred Molina, Alan Cumming, Ben Wishaw. Julie Taymor has a formidable reputation amongst theatre directors, particularly for her work on the live action Broadway adaptation of Disney’s The Lion King. Even her few [...]

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MURUNDAK: SONGS OF FREEDOM

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Directors: Natasha Gadd and Rhys Graham. This locally produced documentary is both topical and timely. Murundak follows a group of aboriginal musicians, performing under the collective name of the Black Arm Band, as they stage a number of concerts aimed at raising awareness of indigenous issues. It follows the band [...]

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THOR

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: kenneth Branagh Stars: Chris hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, Stellan Skarsgaard, Jeremy Renner, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Idris Elba, Tom Hiddleston, Rene Russo, Jaimie Alexnader, Colm Feore, Clark Gregg, Erik Allan Kramer, Tadanobu Asano, Samuel L Jackson. Yet another Marvel comic book character is given the big screen treatment. Created [...]

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