THE WALK

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Robert Zemeckis Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Charlotte Le Bon, Ben Kingsley, James Badge Dale, Ben Schwartz, Clement Siboney, Cesar Dombay, Mark Camacho, Steve Valentine, Benedict Samual, Vitorrio Rossi. Approximately twelve men have walked on the surface of the moon, but only one man has walked a tightrope between the two towers of the World Trade Centre in New York. In 1974 Frenchman Phillippe Petit spent some 45 minutes 100 floors above the street, without a safety harness, enthralling New Yorkers who had gathered below. Petit's Continue reading

LAND OF THE BEARS

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Guillaume Vincent. The circle of life? I can barely constrain myself from making some grizzly puns at the expense of this beautiful looking but unbearably dull documentary looking at a year in the life cycle of brown bears in the beautiful but remote wilderness of the Kamchatka Peninsula in Siberia. Kamchatka is a place full of contrasts, with pristine waters, active volcanoes and snow covered mountains. We see a mother bear and her two cubs emerge from a cave following a long winter hibernation. The two cubs frolic and Continue reading

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jonathan Liebesman Stars: Megan Fox, Will Arnett, William Fichtner, Jeremy Howard, Pete Ploszek, Noel Fisher, Alan Rotchon, Tohoru Masamune, Whoopi Goldberg, Minae Noji, voices of Johnny Knoxville, Tony Shalhoub. Michael Bay returns to the toy box again, but this time he has put aside his Transformer action figures and dug out his long discarded Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle toys. Named after four prominent Renaissance painters, the turtles are vigilante mutants who live in the sewers of New York City, and were trained in the martial arts by Continue reading

PINA

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Wim Wenders. Wim Wenders’s documentary celebrates the life and work of iconic German modern dance choreographer Pina Bausch. Wenders first met dancer and choreographer Bausch in 1985, and he has spent the better part of 20 years trying to make a film that did her formidable reputation justice. Apparently he was inspired by the U2 3D-concert film to tackle the film using the 3D process. Pina boasts some of the best use of 3D technology yet seen in film, and the process brings the dance sequences vividly to Continue reading

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Rob Marshall Stars: Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Ian McShane, Richard Griffith, Penelope Cruz, Sam Claflin. Johnny Depp returns for the fourth time as the foppish pirate Captain Jack Sparrow in a film that is only marginally more enjoyable than the overblown and bloated Pirates 3. Rob Marshall, who is better known for musicals like Chicago, etc, has been brought aboard to revamp the franchise, but wisely he doesn’t tamper too much with the winning formula. There is still plenty of swashbuckling action and a healthy dose of the Continue reading