FULL TIME

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Eric Gravel Stars: Laura Calamy, Nolan Arizmendi, Sasah Lemaitre Cremaschi, Anne Suarez, Genevieve Mnich, Agatha Dronne, Mathilde Weil, Cyril Guei. Julie (Laura  Calamy, from the comedy Antoinette In The Cevennes, etc) is a single mother who works as the head chambermaid in a prestigious five-star hotel in Paris. She lives in the outer suburbs and daily commutes to and from work. She juggles the demands of her job with raising two young children (Nolan Arizmendi and Sasha Lemaitre Cremaschi). She has applied for a position as a Continue reading

OFFICIAL COMPETITION

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Mariano Cohn, Gaston Duprat Stars: Penelope Cruz, Antonio Banderas, Oscar Martinez, Jose Luis Gomez. This Spanish/Argentinian co-production stars Penelope Cruz and Antonio Banderas and was one of the hits at the recent Spanish Film Festival. There have been many films that have explored the filmmaking process, from Singin’ In The Rain through to The Player, Robert Altman’s star studded two finger salute to Hollywood through to the Coen brothers’ recent Hail, Cesar. Official Competition skewers the filmmaking process, serving up Continue reading

WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Olivia Newman Stars: Daisy Edgar Jones, David Strathairn, Harris Dickinson, Taylor John Smith, Jojo Regina, Sterling Macer jr, Garret Dillahunt, Michael Hyatt, Bill Kelly, Ahna O'Reilly. This film adaptation of Delia Owens’ bestselling 2018 novel is part murder mystery, part courtroom drama and part coming of age melodrama. It is a bit like To Kill A Mockingbird for the millennial generation. Fans of the novel will not be disappointed in this lush and handsomely mounted production as Lucy Alibar’s script remains faithful to the Continue reading

THE OTHER FELLOW – interview with MATT BAUER

by GREG KING  James Bond is the most famous cinematic spy. And we know the story about how Ian Fleming appropriated the name of a birdwatcher for his iconic character. But what happens to other people who share that iconic name? How do they cope with the gags about martinis, etc? Filmmaker Matt Bauer was intrigued enough to seek out a number of men all over the world who share that name and he learns about their experiences. Amongst the many people he meets during the course of this fascinating documentary are a gay theatre director, a prisoner in an Indiana jail, Continue reading

THE GRAY MAN

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Joe and Anthony Russo Stars: Ryan Gosling, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Reger-Jean Page, Billy Bob Thornton, Alfre Woodard, Jessica Henwick, Dhanush, Wagner Moura, Julia Butters, Shea Whigham, Callan Mulvey. This generic globe-trotting action thriller comes across like James Bond on steroids. The Gray Man is based on the 2009 thriller written by Mark Greaney, who was a frequent collaborator with the late Tom Clancy and is credited with writing some of the recent Jack Ryan novels. The Gray Man introduces us to Court Gentry (played Continue reading