BURKE & HARE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: John Landis Stars: Simon Pegg, Andy Serkis, Christopher Lee, Jenny Agutter, Ronnie Corbett, Tom Wilkinson, Isla Fisher, Tim Curry. This wonderfully entertaining and farcical black comedy about murder and grave robbing hails from the newly reinvigorated Ealing Studios, and it harks back to some of the classics from the studio, like The Ladykillers and Kind Hearts And Coronets. Burke & Hare is set in 1820’s Edinburgh, at a time when surgeons were exploring the frontiers of medical knowledge and expanding their knowledge of Continue reading

SOURCE CODE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Duncan Jones Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga, Jeffrey Wright. Source Code is the sophomore film from Duncan Jones, the son of rock star David Bowie, and is a wonderful follow-up to his debut feature, the intriguing low budget sci-fi film Moon, which was a study of paranoia, isolation, madness and identity. This film explores some similar themes, but, working with a bigger budget and special effects, Jones is also able to explore some high concept ideas that are increasingly rare in today’s sci-fi Continue reading

MAIN STREET

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: John Doyle Stars: Ellen Burstyn, Colin Firth, Amber Tamblyn, Orlando Bloom, Patricia Clarkson, Andrew McCarthy. "Now Main Street’s white washed windows and vacant stores seems like there ain’t nobody wants to come down here no more" Bruce Springsteen’s poignant 1984 ode to small town America in My Hometown rings especially true in Main Street, a modest drama about a community in crisis. Durham is a small rural town in North Carolina that is slowly dying. Its once prosperous main street in now but a mere shadow of Continue reading

IN A BETTER WORLD

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Susanne Bier Stars: Mikael Persbrandt Marcus Rygaard, Trine Dyrholm, William Johnk Nielsen, Ulrich Thomsen. In A Better World is the new film from Susanne Bier (After The Wedding, Brothers), and the title proves to be nicely ironic. This superb Danish drama about violence, and the unexpected consequences of an act of retaliation was a deserved winner of the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. This is a richly layered and powerful and provocative meditation on violence and its causes, and it delivers a strong moral message. Anton Continue reading

BIUTIFUL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu Stars: Javier Bardem, Maricel Alvarez, Diaryatou Daff, Eduardo Fernandez, Hanaa Bouchaid, Guillermo Estrella. A down beat and depressingly realistic drama about broken lives, family, dysfunctional relationships, fatherhood, parental responsibility, spirituality, survival and morality. Biutiful is the new film from Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Amores Perros, 21 Grams, Babel), who is drawn towards fractured, multi-layered stories that deal with death and human connections formed in the Continue reading