BREAKING HABITS

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Robert Ryan. This documentary follows Sister Kate, the founder of the Sister of the Valley, an unorthodox order of nuns who grow and sell marijuana and medicinal cannabis. Sister Kate is not a real nun. She was formerly Christine Meeusen, who was once a corporate consultant whose job took her around the world. Then her bigamist conman husband left the family, taking all the money with him, leaving her to raise their three children. She reinvented herself as Sister Kate, a self-styled “anarchist, activist nun”, and Continue reading

BURNING

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Lee Chang-dong Stars: Yoo Ah-in, Steven Yeun, Jun Jong-seo. South Korea’s official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 2019 Oscars and winner of the FIPRESCI critics’ prize at Cannes, Burning is a visually gorgeous but enigmatic and somewhat dull psychological thriller that will leave many wondering in the audience what the fuss is all about. Introverted aspiring writer Lee Jong-su (Yoo Ah-in, from Six Flying Dragons, etc) is an affable young man from a rural farming community who has recently graduated from Continue reading

THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Sara Colangelo Stars: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gael Garcia Bernal, Parker Sevak, Michael Chernus, Rosa Salazar. Lisa Spinelli (Maggie Gyllenhaal) is a forty-year old dedicated, and compassionate kindergarten teacher in Staten Island. But she seems stuck in a sort of midlife crisis. Her homelife is rather dull, and to try and add some spark she has enrolled in an adult poetry writing class in New York, run by the handsome Simon (Gael Garcia Bernal). But he is initially dismissive of her work, calling it derivative. Then one day she Continue reading

MID90S

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jonah Hill Stars: Sunny Suljic, Katherine Waterston, Lucas Hedges, Gio Galicia, Olan Prenatt, Na-kel Smith, Ryder McLaughlin. Actor Jonah Hill makes his directorial debut with this low budget, nostalgic, semi-autobiographical coming of age tale set against the backdrop of LA’s skateboarding community. Mid90s is loosely based on Hill’s own experiences in the California skateboard scene. It has the same authenticity, rawness and honesty that marked Larry Clarke’s controversial Kids, which was shot during the mid 90s. Hill has shot Continue reading

THE AFTERMATH

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: James Kent Stars: Keira Knightley, Jason Clarke, Alexander Skarsgard, Flora Thiemann, Martin Compston, Fionn O'Shea. Love among the ruins? 1946, several months after the end of the war. Hamburg after the end of WWII was a city in ruins. The German people are suffering from a lack of food and shelter and they rummage through the bombed building looking for bodies. British colonel Lewis Morgan (Australian actor Jason Clarke, currently also in Pet Sematary) is charged with overseeing the reconstruction and rebuilding of the Continue reading