NO STRINGS ATTACHED

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ivan Reitman Stars: Natalie Portman, Ashton Kutcher, Greta Gerwig, Lake Bell, Kevin Kline, Cary Elwes. Rob Reiner’s classic romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally explored the question of whether two people could remain best friends without sex getting in the way of their relationship. It still remains one of the best examples of this crowded but increasingly bland genre. No Strings Attached turns that film’s central premise on its ear, as it explores a relationship that is based purely on sex, without emotional attachments getting Continue reading

HEREAFTER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Clint Eastwood Stars: Matt Damon, Jay Mohr, Cecile De France, Bryce Dallas Howard, Frankie McLaren, George McLaren. Even at the age of 80 Clint Eastwood is certainly one of the most prolific directors still working at the moment, and he continue to defy attempts to pigeonhole him. He tackles a broad range of genres and themes, and is free to pursue films that appeal to him personally. His latest is a metaphysical inquiry into themes of death and the afterlife. Hereafter is a meditation on mortality and the mysteries Continue reading

SANCTUM

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Alister Grierson Stars: Richard Roxburgh, Ioan Grufford, Rhys Wakefield. A group of cave divers are exploring the Esa-ala caves in New Guinea, one of the world’s largest underground cave systems. The expedition has been financed by obnoxious American entrepreneur Carl Hurley (hunky Hornblower star Ioan Grufford), an amateur adventurer himself. Leading the expedition is the gruff veteran spelunker Frank McGuire (played by Richard Roxburgh), who prefers the isolation of the underground caves to actual human interaction. Also on the Continue reading

TAMARA DREWE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Stephen Frears Stars: Gemma Arterton, Roger Allam, Tamsin Greig, Bill Camp, Luke Evans, Jessica Barden, Charlotte Christie, Dominic Cooper. The press advertisements for Tamara Drewe somewhat grandiosely call it "the best British film of the year!" Such hyperbole doesn’t say much for the state of the British film industry if true! It also ignores the far superior efforts like 127 Hours, Made In Dagenham, The King’s Speech and Mike Leigh’s wonderful Another Year. This is a laboured and surprisingly flatly directed and Continue reading