TOLKIEN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Dome Karukoski Stars: Nicholas Hoult, Lily Collins, Colm Meaney, Derek Jacobi, Tom Glynn-Carney, Anthony Boyle, Patrick Gibson, Harry Gilby, Craig Roberts, Laura Donnelly, Pam Ferris. One biopic to rule them all? This earnest biopic about John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, the author of The Hobbit and the sprawling epic and influential fantasy The Lord Of The Rings, gives some insights into the creative process but is also something of a pedestrian affair. Given the celebrated nature of his novels it is a little surprising to learn Continue reading

ALADDIN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Guy Ritchie Stars: Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Namoi Scott, Marwan Kenzai, Navid Negahban, Billy Magnusson. Disney continues to plunder its back catalogue of animated classics to reinvent them as live action dramas. In recent years we have had the likes of live action remakes of 101 Dalmatians, The Jungle Book, Cinderella, Beauty And The Beast and most recently Dumbo, with The Lion King on the way. The latest live action version of a beloved Disney animated film is Aladdin, a remake of the classic 1992 film. Aladdin itself was Continue reading

PETERLOO

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Mike Leigh Stars: Rory Kinnear, Maxine Peake, David Moorst, Pearce Quigley, Robert Wilfort, Karl Johnson, Alistair Mackenzie. Set in Manchester in 1819, after the Napoleonic Wars, this epic film tells of the infamous Peterloo massacre, a shameful but defining moment in British history about which little is known. A massed crowd of some 60,000 people who had gathered in St Peter’s Field to peacefully to protest, and to demand political reform and relief for increased poverty and unemployment. The crowd had also gathered to Continue reading

JOHN WICK CHAPTER 3: PARABELLUM

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Chad Stahelski Stars: Keanu Reeves, Ian McShane, Laurence Fishburne, Anjelica Huston, Halle Berry, Asia Kate Dillon, Lance Reddick, Mark Dacascos, Said Taghmaoui, Tobias Segal, Randall Duk Kim, Jason Mantzoukas. In 2014 we were introduced to John Wick (played by Keanu Reeves, from Speed and The Matrix trilogy, etc), an indestructible assassin who is a more lethally efficient assassin than even Jason Bourne. Wick had retired from the business to spend time with his family. But when a Russian mob killed his family and his dog, Continue reading

POKEMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Rob Letterman Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith, Bill Nighy, Kathryn Newton, Ken Watanabe, Chris Geere, Suki Waterhouse, Rita Ora. Pokemon began as a video game and trade card phenomena created by Satoshi Tajiri, and soon gained popularity as a long running animated television series and plenty of animated films. There are some 800 Pokemon characters. The success of the Pokemon GO app and mobile game, introduced in 2016, led to the creation of Pokemon Detective Pikachu, which is the first live action film in the Pokemon Continue reading