BORG MCENROE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Janus Metz Stars: Sverrir Gudnason, Shia LaBeouf, Stellan Skarsgard, Tuva Novotny. The 1980 Wimbledon Men's Final is widely regarded as one of the great tennis matches in sporting history. It was an epic five match encounter between world number one, the ice-cold Swedish champion Bjorn Borg, who was attempting to win his record breaking fifth consecutive Wimbledon title, and brash American upstart John McEnroe, the "super brat" who was better known for his on-court tantrums and volatile nature. This is the second Continue reading

THE MIDWIFE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Martin Provost Stars: Catherine Frot, Catherine Deneuve, Olivier Gourmet, Quentin Dolmaine. A tale of two Catherines? This slight French melodrama boasting solid performances from two of the country's most formidable and iconic actresses screened at the French Film Festival earlier in the year and now gains a limited commercial release. The Midwife was written especially for France's most beloved actresses in the veteran Catherine Deneuve, who has been an iconic star of cinema for several decades, and Catherine Frot, who was Continue reading

TOM OF FINLAND

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Dome Karukoski Stars: Pekka Strang, Lauri Tilkanen, Jessica Grabowsky, Seumas Sergent, Jakob Oftebro, Christian Sandstrom, Niklas Hogner, Werner Daen. Finland's official entry for the Foreign Language Oscar in 2018, this handsome looking production is a biopic of artist Touko Laaksonen, whose erotic drawings under the pseudonym of Tom of Finland had a huge influence on gay identity and became a symbol of gay pride in the sexually liberated 70s and 80s. Laaksonen's life was previously explored in Ilppo Pohjola's 1991 documentary Continue reading

SMALL TOWN KILLERS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ole Borendal Stars: Ulrich Thomsen, Nicolas BRo, Mia Lynne, Lene Maria Christensen, Soren Malling, Marcin Dorocinski, Gwen Taylor. Nordic noir has always been darker and more twisted than American or British crime stories which probably explains its popularity. Small Town Killers is the latest Nordic crime film to emerge from Denmark, and despite its rather nasty premise it deftly mixes black comedy with screwball elements and is something of an unexpected treat. Edward (Ulrich Thomsen, a regular in Continue reading

THE KING’S CHOICE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Erik Poppe Stars: Jesper Christensen, Karl Markovics, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Arthur Hakalahti. In April 1940, the German war machine invaded Norway on the pretext of protecting it. Germany's actions had violated Norway's traditional stance of neutrality, and the parliament, led by the Nazi sympathiser Quisling, was in disarray. The long serving King Haakon VII (played by Jesper Christensen, who we saw in the Bond film Casino Royale, etc) was presented with an ultimatum by the German envoy Carl Brauer (Karl Markovics) - Continue reading