OFFICIAL SECRETS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Gavin Hood Stars: Kiera Knightley, Ralph Fiennes, Matt Smith, Matthew Goode, Rhys Ifans, Adam Bakri, Jeremy Northam, Conleth Hill, Tamsin Greig. This is quite a tense, topical and thought-provoking drama based on the true story of Katherine Gun, a whistle blower who tried to stop the invasion of Iraq by leaking an official memo to the press. Gun (played here by Kiera Knightley) worked as a low level Mandarin translator for the GCHQ, Britain’s spy outfit that eavesdropped on communications. Her job was to screen classified Continue reading

SUZI Q

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Liam Firmager. An informative and comprehensive documentary about the legendary Suzi Quatro, the pint sized leather clad singer and bass player whose career has spanned five decades. She has sold something like 55 million records, and continues to tour and produce new music today. Quatro was something of a pioneer and trail blazer for female rock stars as she paved the way for a  number who followed like Joan Jett, Debbie Harry, Chrissie Hinde and Cherie Curry. Quatro also established herself in the largely Continue reading

THE REPORT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Scott Z Burns Stars: Adam Driver, Annette Bening, Ted Levine, Michael C. Hall, Jon Hamm, Jennifer Morrison, Douglas Hodge, Tim Blake Nelson, Matthew Rhys, Scott Shepherd, Corey Stoll, Maura Tierney, Sandra Landers, Scott Shepherd. Washington 2009. Obama is in the White House. Idealistic Senate staffer Daniel J Jones (Adam Driver) has been tasked by his boss, Democratic Senator Diane Feinstein (Annette Bening) who was chair of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, with compiling a comprehensive report detailing the Continue reading

CHARLIE’S ANGELS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Elizabeth Banks Stars: Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, Ella Balinska, Elizabeth Banks, Patrick Stewart, Nat Faxon, Sam Claflin, Djimon Hounsou, Jonathan Tucker, Chris Pang, Luis Gerardo Mendez, Noah Centineo. The original Charlie’s Angels television series was a hit in the 70s and ran for five seasons from 1976-81. It depicted the exploits of three highly talented and well-trained female detectives who worked for the fictitious Charles Townsend Agency. This reboot is the third feature film version based on the original series, Continue reading

FORD V FERRARI

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: James Mangold Stars: Matt Damon, Christian Bale, Tracy Letts, Jon Bernthal, Josh Lucas, Caitriona Balfe, Noah Jupe, Ray McKinnon, Jack McMullen, Remo Girone. There have been a number of great car racing movies, with the likes of Le Mans and Grand Prix in the 60s to Winning and Bobby Deerfield in the 70s and Days Of Thunder in the 90s, to the more recent Rush, which depicted the rivalry between champion drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda. And now we get this dramatization of the rivalry between two famous car manufacturers, a Continue reading