At The Movies for Wednesday 18 April 2018
AT THE MOVIES #724 THE LAST STAR?
Simon Morris congratulates Dwayne Johnson – The Rock – as the last brand-name star whose presence can pretty much guarantee an audience. He also looks at a film based on a famous (in America) children’s book, and an Australian western that, in a small way, is conquering the world.
Rampage pits The Rock against corrupt science, with the help of a genetically enhanced gorilla. From the producers of San Andreas.
A Wrinkle in Time combines a popular American children’s book with Oprah Winfrey and the landscape around Wanaka. Directed by Ava DuVernay (Selma).
And Sweet Country is a true story of a runaway aboriginal couple in 1920s Australia, accused of murder. Directed by Warwick Thornton (Samson and Delilah) and co-starring Sam Neill and Bryan Brown.