SWAN SONG

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Todd Stephens Stars: Udo Kier, Jennifer Coolidge, Michael Urie, Tom Bloom, Rashon Thomas, Ira Hawkins, Thom Hilton, Stephanie McVay, Jonah Blechmore, Justin Lonesome. Not to be confused with the recent sci-fi film of the same name that starred Mahershala Ali, Swan Song is a gentle, poignant and moving character study that deals with themes of change, death, loss, tradition, and is also a heartfelt tribute to the millions of people – friends, family, lovers and partners – who died during the AIDS epidemic of the 80s and Continue reading

GHOSTBUSTERS: AFTERLIFE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jason Reitman Stars: Carrie Coon, Paul Rudd, Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace, Logan Kim, Bob Gunton, Celeste O'Connor, J K Simmons, Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson, Annie Potts, Sigourney Weaver, Bokeem Woodbine, Stella Aykroyd, Josh Gad.   This belated sequel to 1984’s cult classic Ghostbusters and its lacklustre 1989 sequel comes across as something of a cross between Ghostbusters and the hit Netflix series Stranger Things. And it pretends that the awful, misguided 2016 Melissa McCarthy led female take on the Continue reading

SING 2

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Garth Jennings Stars: voices of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson, Taron Egerton, Nick Kroll, Bobby Cannavale, Chelsea Peretti, Jennifer Saunders, Bono, Pharell Williams, Halsey, Tori Kelly, Adam Buxton, Letitia Wright, Eric Andre, Garth Jennings, Peter Serafinowicz, Nick Offerman.   The concept of putting on a show against the odds was one of the driving forces behind a lot of the great Hollywood musicals from the 30s and 40s, and it was also a key component in the colourful and energetic animated Continue reading

THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Joel Coen Stars: Denzel Washington, Frances McDormand, Brendan Gleeson, Kathryn Hunter, Alex Hassall, Henry Melling, Bertie Carvel, Corey Hawkins, Stephen Root, Moses Ingram.   Shakespeare’s shortest but bloodiest play has been adapted to the stage and screen many times – there have been numerous film and tv adaptations throughout the years - and Verdi even wrote an opera based on the drama. Orson Welles gave us his version of Macbeth in 1948 and legendary Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa gave us his take on the play in 1957 Continue reading

THE MATRIX RESURRECTIONS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Lana Wachowski Stars: Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Neil Patrick Harris, Yahya Abdul Mateen II, Jonathan Groff, Jessica Henwick, Jada Pinkett Smith, Lambert Wilson, Priyanka Chopra Jona, Christina Ricci, Daniel Bernhardt.  In 1999 the filmmaking siblings Larry and Andy Wachowski gave us The Matrix, a mind-boggling cyberpunk sci-fi thriller that took us inside a mysterious cyber world that mixed martial arts with some revolutionary state-of-the-art special effects. It also introduced us to the concept of “bullet time”. The film Continue reading