EVERYBODY KNOWS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Asghar Farhadi Stars: Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Ricardo Darin, Barbara Lennie, Ramon Barea, Inma Cuesta, Eduard Fernandez, Carla Campra, Jose Angel Egido, Ivan Chavero, Sergio Castellanos. This is a deliberately paced slow burn psychological thriller and muddled melodrama about family secrets, simmering resentments and a kidnapping. It is the latest film from Asghar Farhadi, the two-time Oscar winning Iranian writer/director (The Separation, etc) who usually explores class differences, the fragile relationships between Continue reading

KING OF THIEVES

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: James Marsh Stars: Michael Caine, Jim Broadbent, Tom Courtenay, Ray Winstone, Charlie Cox, Michael Gambon, Paul Whitehouse, Francesca Annis. Heist dramas hold a certain fascination for audiences, from classics like The Italian Job, Ocean’s Eleven, Eleven Harrowhouse, Green Ice, through to Spike Lee’s thriller Inside Man, 2008’s The Bank Job, etc. The heist drama King Of Thieves is based on the true story of the audacious robbery of a Hatton Garden safe deposit bank by a gang of superannuated thieves during the long Easter Continue reading

GRETA

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Neil Jordan Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Chloe Grace Moretz, Maika Monroe, Stephen Rea, Colm Feore. Oscar winning Irish filmmaker Neil Jordan (The Crying Game, Interview With The Vampire, etc) channels Hitchcock with this stylish and suspenseful pulpy B-grade thriller that serves up a variation on the familiar stalker/slasher genre that was popular in the 80s and 90s. Greta is part Fatal Attraction, part Misery and part Single White Female. This is a slow burn thriller that becomes increasingly tense, unsettling and even a bit silly Continue reading

A DOG’S WAY HOME

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Charles Martin Smith Stars: Ashley Judd, JonahHauer-King, Alexnadra Shipp, Edward James Olmos, Wes Studi, John Cassini, Chris Bauer, Barry Watson, Motell Gyn Foster, Patrick Gallagher, voice of Bryce Dallas Howard. As a pup the pit bull terrier Bella was raised in the crawl space beneath an abandoned and dilapidated house in a residential street in Denver which she shared with a litter of feral cats. She was rescued by Lucas (Jonah Hauer-King, from Postcards From London, etc), who lived in a house opposite, and his girlfriend Continue reading

STAN & OLLIE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jon S Baird Stars: Steve Coogan, John C Reilly, Shirley Henderson, Nina Arianda, Rufus Jones, Danny Huston. Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy were the most popular comic duo of their era having made some 107 films, including 32 short films and 23 full length features between 1927-1950. The pair left Hal Roach (played here by Danny Huston) and his studios in the mid-40s after the filming of 1939’s poorly received Zenobia which starred Hardy without Laurel, and the tensions between them over creative freedom were more obvious. But Continue reading