Beneath Hill 60
Worthy but slightly dull tale of a unit of Australian soldiers tasked with undermining German trenches at Ypres in World War I. Directed by Jeremy Sims, with Brendan Cowell and Gynton Grantley (Underbelly’s Carl Williams).
Gangs Of New York
Scorsese’s sprawling mid-1800s epic is growing on me, slowly.
Fine (if flawed) political drama-cum-thriller from Harold Becker (The Onion Field, Sea Of Love), with young gun deputy John Cusack in thrall to his Mayor, Al Pacino, in what is effectively a love letter to the city of New York. A strong cast includes Danny Aiello, Martin Landau, Richard Schiff, Tony Franciosa and Bridget Fonda, with a script powered by talents including Kenneth Lipper (Wall Street), Paul Shrader (Taxi Driver), Nicholas Pileggi (Goodfellas) and Bo Goldman (One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest).