Archives for November 2010


Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Charles Ferguson. Although the title suggests a heist thriller, Inside Job instead offers a fascinating, eye-opening exploration of the global financial crisis of 2008 and the root causes. This documentary comes from Charles Ferguson, whose previous film was 2007’s No End In Sight, a blisteringly honest exploration of the war in Iraq and a fierce criticism of the Bush administration’s conduct of the war. Ferguson has a doctorate in political science, and his research is always impeccable and his arguments Continue reading


Reviewed by GREG KING Director: George Tillman Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Billy Bob Thornton, Carla Gugino, Oliver Jackson-Cohen. After flirting with bland family friendly fare for Disney (The Game Plan, Race To Witch Mountain), former wrestler turned action hero Dwayne Johnson returns to full on action mode. Faster is a nasty, gratuitously violent and visually ugly vengeance-fuelled action thriller that owes more than a debt to the films of Walter Hill. It also has echoes of John Boorman’s violent revenge thriller Point Blank and the Mel Gibson thriller Continue reading


Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Paul Haggis Stars: Russell Crowe, Elizabeth Banks, Liam Neeson, Brian Dennehy, Helen Carey, Olivia Wilde. A moderately gripping yarn about a man who goes to extraordinary lengths to break his wife out of prison, The Next Three Days requires a healthy suspension of disbelief from the audience to succeed. Mild mannered college professor John Brennan (Russell Crowe) finds his life turned upside down when his lawyer wife Lara (Elizabeth Banks) is arrested for the murder of her colleague. Most of the evidence against her is Continue reading


Reviewed by GREG KING Director: David Yates Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Ralph Fiennes, Bill Nighy, Timothy Spall, Jason Isaacs, Rhys Ifans, John Hurt, Helen McCrory, Imelda Staunton, Michael Gambon, Peter Mullan . “These are dark times,” remarks a character in this seventh installment of the lucrative Harry Potter franchise. Indeed, it’s time for Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) and his best friends Hermione (Emma Watson) and Ron (Rupert Grint) to put away childish things as they are thrust into a more adult world away from the comforts and Continue reading


Reviewed by GREG KING Director: George Berlanti Stars: Josh Duhamel, Katherine Heigl, The premise of the most unlikely people being unexpectedly thrust into the role of parenthood and having to bring up someone else’s baby is not new. Previously we have had Three Men And A Baby, in which carefree bachelors Ted Danson, Tom Selleck and Steve Guttenberg raised a baby abandoned by a former girlfriend. In Baby Boom, Diane Keaton played high powered businesswomen who inherited a baby from a distant cousin and whose hard nosed exterior was changed by the experience. Continue reading