THE POWER OF THE DOG

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jane Campion Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Thomasin McKenzie, Keith Carradine, Genevieve Lemon, Frances Conroy, Peter Carroll.   The Power Of The Dog is Jane Campion’s first feature film since Bright Star, twelve years ago, but it is also, arguably, one of her best. Produced under the auspices of streaming giant Netflix, this modern western, set in Montana in 1925, is based on Thomas Savage’s little known 1967 novel.   Phil Burbank Continue reading

BLUE BAYOU

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Justin Chon Stars: Justin Chon, Alicia Vikander, Mark O'Brien, Emory Cohen, Vondie Curtis Hall, Linh Dan Pham Sydney Kowalske.  This affecting drama draws its inspiration from the true story of a number of Korean war babies that were adopted by American families in the States and raised on a diet of American culture. But because the necessary paperwork was not properly filled out or filed back then these orphans faced deportation under immigration law. They faced being sent back to a country they don’t Continue reading

BRITISH FILM FESTIVAL 2021 REVIEWS

ALL REVIEWS WRITTEN BY GREG KING  LAST UPDATED NOVEMBER 14 2021  THE DUKE. In 1961, Kempton Bunton (played here by Oscar winner Jim Broadbent) a 60 year old taxi driver, stole a Goya painting from the National Gallery of London. Incensed that the British government had spent £140 000 on purchasing Goya's portrait of the Duke of Wellington, Kempton stole the painting. He sent ransom notes saying that he would return the painting if the government promised to invest more money and resources for the care of the elderly. Kempton was driven by his belief Continue reading

ANTLERS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Scott Cooper Stars: Keri Russell, Jesse Plemons, Jeremy T Thomas, Amy Madigan, Graham Greene, Scott Haze, Rory Cochrane.   Scott Cooper, who directed Jeff Bridges to an Oscar with Crazy Heart, returns with this eerie and deeply unsettling horror film set in a small and forgotten mining town in Oregon that has been devastated by the opioid epidemic. The film has been produced under the auspices of horror/fantasy veteran Guillermo del Toro, whose influence on the material is obvious.  Julia Meadows (Keri Russell, Continue reading

FREE GUY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Shawn Levy Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Jodie Comer, Joe Keery, Taika Waititi, Lil Rey Howery, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Aaron Reed, Tina Fey, Channing Tatum, Hugh Jackman, Chris Evans, Dwayne Johnson.   Guy (Ryan Reynolds) is a mild-mannered bank teller who loves his job and his life in Free City. For him, every day is like Groundhog Day in which the characters experience the same day and events over an over – he gets up, has his morning coffee, walks to the bank where he works, and every day the bank is robbed. Guy is actually a Continue reading