HECTOR AND THE SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Peter Chelsom Stars: Simon Pegg, Rosamund Pike, Stellan Skarsgard, Toni Collette, Christopher Plummer, Jean Reno, Barry Atsma, Togo Igawa, Veronica Ferres, Ming Zhao. The title sounds like this should be a fanciful children's story, but this mix of comedy and drama is more adult in its themes. A German and Canadian co-production, Hector And The Search For Happiness is an adaptation of the novel written by French psychiatrist Francois Lelord. It stars Simon Pegg as the eponymous hero, a psychiatrist who has grown disillusioned and Continue reading

FURY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: David Ayer Stars: Brad Pitt, Logan Lerman, Shia LaBeouf, Michael Pena, Jon Bernthal, Alicia von Rittberg, Jason Isaacs, Xavier Samuel, Jim Parrack, Scott Eastwood, Kevin Vance, Anamarie Marinca. This powerful and intense World War Two drama sees Brad Pitt back killing Nazis, something he did so effectively in Tarantino's bloody and violent Inglorious Basterds. But there is little of the tongue in cheek humour or cinematic references that shape his revisionist take on that war. Rather this is a more straightforward tale of heroism and Continue reading

RISE – interview with director Mack Lindon

by GREG KING Rise is a powerful and moving story about a young male nurse falsely accused of rape and sent to prison for five years. The film is based on the real life experiences of writer/director Mack Lindon. The film stars newcomer Nathan Wilson and Martin Sacks. Greg King spoke to Mack about his experiences and the experience of shooting this personal movie. To listen, click on the link below http://www.mediafire.com/listen/a3x68zvgu4i8co0/191006_002.MP3   Continue reading

FORCE MAJEURE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ruben Ostlund Stars: Johannes Kuhnke, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Clara Wettergen, Vincent Wettergen, Kristofer Hivju, Fanni Metelius, Jakob Granqvist, Brady Corbet. Sweden's nomination for the 2015 Foreign Language film Oscar is this droll observational comedy that explores themes of masculinity in today's society, marriage, and family. A seemingly happy Swedish family are holidaying in the Alps, enjoying the skiing and their five star accommodation. They appear to be the perfect family and the opening scenes show them happy, playing and Continue reading

WHIPLASH

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Damien Chazelle Stars: Miles Teller, J K Simmons, Paul Reiser, Melissa Benoist, Austin Stowell, Nate Lane, Chris Mulkey. When it comes time for critics to compile their lists of the best films of 2014, chances are Whiplash will figure near the top. This is an intense but compelling drama about the blood, sweat and tears shed by an aspiring artist. Whiplash is an extension of the acclaimed Sundance Prize winning 2013 short film of the same name written and directed by musician turned filmmaker Damien Chazelle, and it was inspired by his Continue reading