THE WAY BACK

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Gavin O'Connor Stars: Ben Affleck, Al Madrigal, Janina Gavankar, Brandon Wilson, Michaela Watkins, Glynn Turman, Will Ropp, Fernando Luis Vega, John Aylward, Jeremy Radin, Matthew Glave. An alcoholic former basketball star finds a shot at redemption by coaching his former high school team. This formulaic redemption tale is reminiscent of other underdog sporting films such as 1986’s Hoosiers and Coach Carter, and it ticks a lot of the boxes for the underdog sports dramas. Ben Affleck delivers one of his better performances Continue reading

COME TO DADDY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ant Timpson Stars: Elijah Wood, Stephen McHattie, Martin Donovan. More twisted weirdness from New Zealand filmmaker Ant Timpson, best known for his work as a producer on gory horror films like the 2012 horror anthology The ABCs of Death. Timpson makes his feature directorial debut with this irreverent, nasty and darkly comic thriller about a young man who tries to reconnect with his estranged father after a thirty-year absence. Norval Greenwood (Elijah Wood, from the epic The Lord Of The Rings trilogy, etc), a hipster Continue reading

DARK WATERS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Todd Haynes Stars: Mark Ruffalo, Tim Robbins, Anne Hathaway, Bill Camp, Victor Garber, Bill Pullman, Mare Winningham, William Jackson Harper, Louisa Krause. Based on a true story, this is a David versus Goliath like story of an attorney who sought justice against the powerful DuPont chemical company which had for years knowingly poisoned the people of Parkersburg in West Virginia by dumping toxic chemicals and carcinogenic material into the town’s water supply. Dark Waters has much in common with 2000’s Erin Brockovich (for Continue reading

BLOODSHOT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: David S F Wilson Stars: Vin Diesel, Guy Pearce, Eiza Gonzalez, Sam Heughan Alex Hernandez, Toby Kebbell, Lamorne Morris, Talulah Riley, Siddharth Dhananjay. Vin Diesel plays Ray Garrison, a former Marine who is reconstructed after being killed following a rescue mission in Kenya. He is given enhanced superpowers and made virtually invincible by mad scientist Emil Harting (Guy Pearce). Harting works for Rising Spirit Technologies, a company which treats wounded soldiers and enhances them with prosthetic limbs and state of the Continue reading

QUEEN & SLIM

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Melina Matsoukas Stars: Daniel Kaluuya, Jodie Turner-Smith, Bokeem Woodbine, Sturgill Simpson, Chloe Sevigny, Flea, Indya Moore, Benito Martinez. This searing drama offers yet another look at the parlous state of race relations and injustice in the US and fits neatly into the whole Black Lives Matter movement. Unlike a number of other films exploring racism in contemporary America through the perspective of white filmmakers, Queen & Slim is seen from the perspective of black filmmakers, which makes it all the more Continue reading