21 BRIDGES

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Brian Kirk Stars: Chadwick Boseman, J K Simmons, Sienna Miller, Taylor Kitsch, Stephan James, Keith David, Alexander Siddiq, Louis Cancelmi. Andre Davis (played by Chadwick Boseman from Black Panther, etc) is an intense and embattled New York detective who has been involved in several shootings that have been investigated by Internal Affairs. The son of a slain, decorated and respected policeman, Davis seems driven to avenge cop killings, even though he claims that each shooting he has been involved in was justified. His career Continue reading

WHERE’S MY ROY COHN?

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Matt Tyrnauer This is a well-researched, provocative and revealing documentary about the infamous lawyer Roy Cohn, an ambitious, unscrupulous and aggressive lawyer and power broker who shaped American politics in the second half of the twentieth century. Having graduated from Columbia Law School at the age of 20, Cohn successfully prosecuted Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, who had been accused of treason and selling nuclear secrets to the Russians. The pair were executed, but some questions remain about Cohn's tactics Continue reading

THE ADDAMS FAMILY

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Greg Tiernan, Conrad Vernon Stars: voices of Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloe Grace Moretz, Finn Wolfhard, Alison Janney, Nick Kroll, Bette Midler, Catherine O'Hara, Martin Short, Elise Fisher, Conrad Vernon, Snoop Dogg, Titus Burgess, Pom Klementieff. The ooky, mysterious and kooky Addams Family was created in 1938 by cartoonist Charles Addams as a satirical and subversive take on the typical American family and their values. The Addams Family was originally published in The New Yorker from 1938 until Addams’ death in 1988. Continue reading

MRS LOWRY AND SON

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Adrian Noble Stars: Timothy Spall, Vanessa Redgrave, Wendy Morgan, Stephen Lord, Michael Keogh. There have been a lot of films and biopics about troubled and struggling artists and their creative process, including the likes of Basquiat, Pollock, and several films about Van Gogh including the dramas At Eternity's Gate and Lust For Life, etc. Mrs Lowry And Son is a slow moving, drab and cheerless drama is something of an acquired taste that will not appeal to everybody. “I’m a man who paints, nothing more, nothing less.” So Continue reading

OFFICIAL SECRETS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Gavin Hood Stars: Kiera Knightley, Ralph Fiennes, Matt Smith, Matthew Goode, Rhys Ifans, Adam Bakri, Jeremy Northam, Conleth Hill, Tamsin Greig. This is quite a tense, topical and thought-provoking drama based on the true story of Katherine Gun, a whistle blower who tried to stop the invasion of Iraq by leaking an official memo to the press. Gun (played here by Kiera Knightley) worked as a low level Mandarin translator for the GCHQ, Britain’s spy outfit that eavesdropped on communications. Her job was to screen classified Continue reading