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The King Is Dead! (2012)

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Idle Rolf de Heer completism. The suburban dreams of a young couple in Adelaide (Dan Wyllie, Bojana Novakovic) turn to nightmares, and no, it's not due to the RBA's recent rate rises as this was made a decade ago: this is about neighbours so hellish that earplugs and lawyers are insufficient. Gary Waddell plays the host-squatter King in a half-hearted Spiteri mode. There's a bit of The Castle here, mixed in with some Tarantino aspirationalism. Too often it falls flat.

David (three stars) and Margaret (four stars). Jake Wilson.