Monthly Archives: January 2012

THE ARTIST

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Michel Hazanavicius Stars: Jean Dujardin, Berenice Bejo, John Goodman, James Cromwell, Penelope Ann Miller, Malcolm McDowell, Missi Pyle, Ed Lauter, Beth Grant, Joel Murray, Ken Davitian, Basil Hoffman. This black and white silent film about silent movies has become the darling of the current awards season – and it’s easy [...]

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UNDERWORLD: AWAKENING

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Mans Malind and Bjorn Stein Stars: Kate Beckinsale, Stephen Rea, Michael Ealy, Charles Dance, Theo James, India Eisley, Sandrine Holt, Kris Holden-Reid, Wes Bentley. Having largely sat out the origins story that was Underworld: Rise Of The Lycans, Kate Beckinsale returns as the feisty vampire assassin Selene, and she again [...]

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WEEKEND

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Andrew Haigh Stars: Tom Cullen, Chris New. A gay Brief Encounter? Weekend is a simple yet honest depiction of two strangers making a connection physically, emotionally and intellectually. Richard Linklater’s Before Sunrise is the template for this romantic drama about two people who meet and spend the weekend together discussing [...]

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J EDGAR

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Clint Eastwood Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Naomi Watts, Armie Hammer, Judi Dench, Josh Lucas, Drmot Mulroney, Ed Westwick, Jordan Bridges, Ken Howard, Stephen Root, Jeffrey Donovan, Zach Grenier, Denis O’Hare, David Clennon, Lea Thompson. For nearly fifty years, J Edgar Hoover was the most powerful man in American law enforcement. Not [...]

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A FEW BEST MEN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Stephan Elliott Stars: Xavier Samuel, Kris Marshall, Kevin Bishop, Tim Draxl, Laura Brent, Olivia Newton-John, Rebel Wilson, Jonathan Biggins, Steve Le Marquand. In the early 70s Australian filmmakers gave the British public a taste of some uniquely Australian larrikin humour with films like The Adventures Of Barry McKenzie and Barry [...]

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JOURNEY 2: THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Brad Peyton Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Vanessa Hudgens, Michael Caine, Josh Hutcherson, Luiz Guzman, Kristin Davis. At the world premiere of Journey 2 at Melbourne’s Jam Factory cinemas, stars Vanessa Hudgens and Josh Hutcherson kept the preview audience waiting 90 minutes while they walked the red carpet, pressed the flesh and [...]

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YOUNG ADULT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jason Reitman Stars: Charlize Theron, Patrick Wilson, Patton Oswalt, Elizabeth Reaser, Collette Wolfe, Jill Eikenberry, Mary Beth Hurt, Richard Bekins, J K Simmons. Young Adult is a dark, bleak and uncomfortable comedy written by Oscar winner Diablo Cody (Juno, etc), who manages to create believable, flesh and blood but deeply [...]

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THE DARKEST HOUR

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Chris Gorak Stars: Emile Hirsch, Max Minghella, Olivia Thirlby, Rachael Taylor, Veronika Ozerova, Joel Kinnaman, Dato Bakhtadze, Gosha Kutsenko. The Darkest Hour ranks alongside other recent alien invasion movies like the noisy and disappointing Battle: Los Angeles and Skyline. This is yet another cliched, special effects driven war of the [...]

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