BLACK PANTHER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ryan Coogler Stars: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Martin Freeman, Andy Serkis, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Daniel Kaluuya, Sterling K Brown. The 18th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe serves up something a little different. With the recent Guardians Of The Galaxy and Thor: Ragnarok the Marvel head honchos shook up the usual increasingly tired formula by introducing plenty of improvised humour and a looser feel to proceedings. With Black Panther they give us the first Continue reading

DEN OF THIEVES

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Christian Gudegast Stars: Gerard Butler, Pablo Schreiber, O'Shea Jackson jr, 50 Cent, Dawn Olivieri, Maurice Compte, Brian Van Horn, Evan Jones, Mo McRae, Eric Braeden, Jordan Bridges, Cooper Andrews. The DNA of Michael Mann’s classic 1995 heist thriller Heat runs through the structure and plotting of this gritty, violent, contemporary urban crime drama. Los Angeles is the bank robbery capital of the US, with a bank robbery committed on average every 48 minutes every day. The gang of highly organised and efficient robbers here Continue reading

THE COMMUTER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jaume Collet-Serra Stars: Liam Neeson, Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Sam Neill, Jonathan Banks, Florence Pugh, Elizabeth McGovern, Shazad Latif, Dean-Charles Chapman, Andy Nyman, Killian Scott, Clara Lago, Roland Moller. Non-stop on a train? Ever since he reinvented himself as the vengeful father out to rescue his daughter from kidnappers in the 2008 action thriller Taken, Liam Neeson has been pigeonholed as the go-to man to play the aging hero with a particular skill set who is able to take down the bad guys. He has basically Continue reading

THE MAZE RUNNER: THE DEATH CURE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Wes Ball Stars: Dylan O'Brien, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Kaya Scodelario, Aidan Gillen, Patricia Clarkson, Will Poulter, Dexter Darden, Barry Pepper, Rosa Salazer, Giancarlo Esposito, Ki Hong Lee, Jacob Lofland, Walton Goggins, Katherine McNamara, Nathalie Emmanuel. The Maze Runner: The Death Cure successfully brings to a conclusion the generic, post-apocalyptic dystopian saga based on the ambitious but hugely popular series of novels written by James Dashner. And unlike a couple of other YA adaptations, at least here the producers Continue reading

JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jake Kasdan Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Karen Gillan, Bobby Cannavale, Nick Jonas, Alex Wolff, Ser'Darius Blain, Madison Iseman, Morgan Turner, Colin Hanks. Not quite a remake of the Joe Johnston directed 1995 film that starred Robin Williams, but rather a lively reboot and an attempt to kickstart a potential new franchise. The original Jumanji was based on the illustrated book written in 1981 by Chris Van Allsburg, who also wrote The Polar Express and Zathura, which shared a few similar themes. In the 1995 Continue reading