THE SHAPE OF WATER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Guillermo del Toro Stars: Sally Hawking, Michael Shannon, Octavia Spencer, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg, Nick Searcy, David Hewlett. The Shape Of Water is a bold and surprisingly moving mash up of science fiction, 50s and 60s creature feature, fantasy, cold war thriller, beguiling romance, politics, science, prejudice, forbidden love and sexual identity. It is visionary Mexican born filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro’s best film since 2006’s Pan’s Labyrinth. However, a healthy suspension of Continue reading

THE POST

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Steven Spielberg Stars: Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Bob Odenkirk, Sarah Paulson, Bruce Greenwood, Bradley Whitford, Tracy Letts, Matthew Rhys, Alison Brie, Carrie Coon, Jesse Plemons, David Cross, Zach Woods, Pat Healy, Michael Stuhlbarg, Justin Swain. Steven Spielberg’s latest serious drama looks at true story behind the Washington Post’s publication of the Pentagon Papers, the leaked documents that showed the full extent of America’s involvement in the Vietnam War over four decades and revealed how Continue reading

THE FLORIDA PROJECT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Sean Baker Stars: Bria Vinaite, Brooklynn Prince, Willem Dafoe, Christopher Rivera, Valeria Cotto, Aiden Malik, Caleb Landry Jones, Mela Murder. Independent filmmaker Sean Baker previously gave us the gritty and downbeat drama Tangerine, which followed a group of transgender prostitutes working the intersection of Santa Monica Boulevarde and Highland Avenue in Hollywood. The film was shot guerrilla style on an I-phone, and Baker used a largely non-professional cast to flesh out the characters. The film was suffused with an Continue reading

THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Martin McDonagh Stars: Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Lucas Hedges, Abbie Cornish, John Hawkes, Peter Dinklage, Caleb Landry Jones, Sandy Martin, Kerry Condon, Samara Weaving, Alejandro Barrios, Zeljko Ivanek, Amanda Warren, Clarke Peters, Brendan Sexton III, Nick Searcy. Irish playwright turned filmmaker Martin McDonagh has a great track record, with his films including the brutally funny and bleak black comedy In Bruges with Brendan Gleeson and Ralph Fiennes and Colin Farrell; and Seven Psychopaths. And now Continue reading

THE GREATEST SHOWMAN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Michael Gracey Stars: Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Keala Settle, Sam Humphrey, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Ellis Rubin, Skylar Dunn, Paul Sparks, Byron Jennings. Hugh Jackman dances and sings up a storm in this musical biopic about American showman Phineas Taylor Barnum (1810-1891), a pioneer and visionary entrepreneur and creator of the circus as we know it. Barnum’s first venture into show business was a wax museum he created in a warehouse in New York. Always trying to go bigger, he then Continue reading