TRUE THINGS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Harry Wootliff Stars: Ruth Wilson, Tom Burke, Hayley Squires. The sophomore feature for director Harry Wootliff, following 2018’s Only You.   Kate (played by Ruth Wilson, who also produced the film alongside Jude Law) is a self-destructive woman in her early thirties who works as a clerk in a government welfare office. She is insecure, lonely, and a little bored with her workplace and her dead-end job; she often arrives late, has a poor attitude towards her boss and is often sarcastic. But when she interviews ex-convict Continue reading

CRIMES OF THE FUTURE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: David Cronenberg Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Lea Seydoux, Kristen Stewart, Scott Speedman, Don McKellar, Lihi Kornowski, Welket Bungue, Yorgos Pirpassopoulos. In his first film for eight years, David Cronenberg returns to the gruesome and familiar field of body horror with his latest creepy and stomach-churning offering that offers up a mix of sci-fi and horror and revisits many themes that are familiar from some of his films from the 80s and 90s.   Crimes Of The Future is set in a depressing and polluted dystopian brave new world Continue reading

THE OUTFIT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Graham Moore Stars: Mark Rylance, Dylan O'Brien, Johnny Flynn, Zoey Deutch, Simon Russell Beale, Nikki Amuka-Bird. Not to be confused with the 1973 crime drama of the same name that was based on a novel by Donald E Westlake and which starred Robert Duvall as a former prisoner out for revenge against the mob that double crossed him. This is an intelligent and literate, yet claustrophobic drama in which the action is confined to the backroom of a bespoke tailor’s shop in Chicago in the late 50s. The film has been written and Continue reading

ORPHAN: FIRST KILL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: William Brent Bell Stars: Isabelle Fuhrman, Julia Stiles, Rossif Sutherland, Matthew Finlan, Hiro Kanagawa, Samantha Walkes. In 2009, the horror film Orphan introduced us to Leena Klammer (played by Isabelle Fuhrman), a psychopathic woman in her thirties who looks like a ten-year-old girl due to hypopituitarism, a rare glandular disorder that means she doesn’t really age. She was another of those demonic and creepy children that inhabit horror films, much like Damien in the classic The Omen and Brahms in The Boy. But one of the Continue reading

BOTH SIDES OF THE BLADE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Claire Denis Stars: Juliette Binoche, Vincent Lindon, Gregoire Colin, Issa Perica, Bulle Ogier. French auteur Claire Denis (White Material, etc) often explores fragile relationships in her films, looking at the tension between her characters and the corrosive effects of the lack of trust. Her latest film Both Sides Of The Blade (aka Fire in some territories) explores a romantic triangle that spirals out of control and the emotional damage caused.   Sara (Juliette Binoche, an icon of French cinema, in her third film for the Continue reading