AD ASTRA

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: James Gray Stars: Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland, Loren Dean, Ruth Negga, Liv Tyler, Sean Blakemore, John Ortiz, Natasha Lyonne. In deep space no-one can hear you yawn! With this intelligent and stylish but ultimately dull sci-fi drama from writer/director James Gray (We Own The Night, etc) Brad Pitt finally gets the chance to join his fellow Ocean’s 11 co-stars George Clooney and Matt Damon by playing an astronaut and travelling into outer space. The film is set in the near but distant future, where man has Continue reading

GOOD BOYS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Gene Stupnitsky Stars: Jacob Tremblay, Keith L Williams, Brady Noon, Will Forte, Stephen Merchant, Molly Gorodn, Midori Francis, Millie Davis. Good Boys is Superbad with 11-year olds. Good Boys follows the misadventures of Max (fresh faced Jacob Tremblay, from Room, Wonder, etc), a sixth grader on the cusp of adolescence. He is best friends with Thor (Brady Noon, in his film debut) and Lucas (Keith L Williams), who refer to themselves as “the beanbag boys” because they like sitting in bean bags. Max has been invited to a Continue reading

DOWNTON ABBEY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Michael Engler Stars: Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Michelle Dockery, Maggie Smith, Penelope Wilton, Imelda Staunton, Jim Carter, Tuppence Middleton, Matthew Goode, Laura Carmichael, Allen Leech, Joanna Froggatt, Robert James-Collier, Simon Jones, Geraldine Jones, Kevin Doyle, Phyllis Logan, Sophie McShera, Brendan Coyle, Mark Addy, Susan Lynch, Lesley Nicol, Micahel Fox, David Haig. This is a big screen treatment of the popular television series about the aristocratic Crawley family and their domestic servants in 1920s Continue reading

SCREEN PRIESTS – interview with Peter Malone

by GREG KING Screen Priests is a fascinating historical look at films about Roman Catholic priests on screen. Something of a comprehensive look at the portrayal of priests on screen, the book includes detailed indexes exploring film titles, directors, and actors who have played priests, and there are special chapters on Irish priests, Australian priests, exorcism priests and even a chapter on films and abuse within the Catholic Church. Screen Priests explores the fascinating story of the changes in Catholicism and its institutions in the culture of the 20th and early Continue reading

MIDSOMMAR

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ari Aster Stars: Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, Will Poulter, Vilhelm Blomgren, William Jackson Harper. This disturbing horror film is the sophomore feature from Ari Aster, whose previous film was Hereditary, which was regarded as one of the best horror films of recent years. The film is set mainly in an isolated Swedish community that is celebrating their harvest with a special nine-day festival that is held only once every ninety years. Along to witness the celebrations is American psychology student Christian (Jack Reynor, Continue reading