THE GUEST

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Adam Wingard Stars: Dan Stevens, Maika Monroe, Leland Orser, Sheila Kelley, Brendon Meyer, Lance Riddick. Whenever I get the MIFF catalogue the first two sections I always check out are the NextGen sidebar and the late night horror offerings as part of the Night Shift, because they often feature some of the best and strongest films and often unearth an unexpected little gem. This year the Night Shift program yielded one of MIFF's guilty pleasures with The Guest, a tough and twisted action film with elements of horror that seems like a Continue reading

LUCY

Director: Luc Besson Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Choi Min Sik, Amr Waked, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Pilou Asbaek, Analeigh Tipton. Action cinema does not have that many positive and strong heroines - there has of course been Sarah Connor from The Terminator, Ellen Ripley from Alien, Milla Jovovich in the Resident Evil series, Luc Besson's Nikita, Uma Thurman in Kill Bill, Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games, and Angelina Jolie in Salt. Now joining them is Scarlett Johansson as Lucy, a kick-arse action heroine in a role originally intended for Jolie. But Continue reading