MY SPY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Peter Segal Stars: Dave Bautista, Chloe Coleman, Kristen Schaal, Parisa Fritz-Henley, Greg Bryk, Ken Jeong, Nicola Correia-Damunde, Noah Danby, Devere Rogers. Following a botched operation to catch a terrorist, veteran CIA field agent Jason Jones (Dave Bautista), known as JJ by his colleagues, finds himself demoted to surveillance detail. He is charged with watching the Chicago apartment of the beautiful widow Kate (Parisa Fitz-Henley), whose bother-in-law Marquez is suspected of trying to purchase a nuclear device. JJ sets up in Continue reading

TRUE HISTORY OF THE KELLY GANG

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Justin Kurzel Stars: George MacKay, Essie Davis, Nicholas Hoult, Charlie Hunnam, Russell Crowe, Thomasin McKenzie, Sean Keenan, Earl Cave, Marlon Williams, Louis Hewison. There has never been a definitive film version of the life of the iconic and controversial bushranger Ned Kelly yet. One of the first ever feature films was 1906’s The Story Of The Kelly Gang; since then we have had 1970’s Ned Kelly, starring a miscast rocker Mick Jagger in the eponymous role; and in 2003 we had Gregor Jordan’s take on the story starring Heath Continue reading

THE GENTLEMEN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Guy Ritchie Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Michelle Dockery, Hugh Grant, Charlie Hunnam, Henry Golding, Colin Farrell, Eddie Marsan, Jeremy Strong. Brash British filmmaker Guy Ritchie cemented his reputation for flashy visuals and a kinetically energetic style with his three gangster tales – Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch and Rocknrolla.  Since then the journeyman filmmaker has diversified with his two Sherlock Holmes films, his misguided foray into Arthurian legend, the attempt to reboot 60s spy classic The Man From Continue reading

LITTLE WOMEN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Greta Gerwig Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson. Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen, Timothee Chalamet, Laura Dern, Meryl Streep, Chris Cooper, Tracy Letts, Bob Odenkirk, Louis Garrel, James Norton. This is the umpteenth film adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic 1868 novel about the four March sisters coming of age in the post-Civil War period of America, but it will be remembered as one of the best. The novel was first filmed in a silent version way back in 1917, then there was a 1933 version that starred Katherine Hepburn, a Continue reading

CATS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Tom Hooper Stars: Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, James Corden, Idris Elba, Laurie Davidson, Francesca Hayward, Ray Winstone, Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson, Rebel Wilson, Jason Derulo, Robbie Fairchild. Based on T S Eliot’s 1939 book of whimsical poems Old Possum’s Book Of Practical Cats, Cats is set on the night a collection of alley cats gather for an annual ritual known as the Jellicle. The ancient, wise cat Deuteronomy (played here by Judi Dench) will select a special cat who will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and be reborn. Continue reading