BLUE BAYOU

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Justin Chon Stars: Justin Chon, Alicia Vikander, Mark O'Brien, Emory Cohen, Vondie Curtis Hall, Linh Dan Pham Sydney Kowalske.  This affecting drama draws its inspiration from the true story of a number of Korean war babies that were adopted by American families in the States and raised on a diet of American culture. But because the necessary paperwork was not properly filled out or filed back then these orphans faced deportation under immigration law. They faced being sent back to a country they don’t Continue reading

SUBMERGENCE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Wim Wenders Stars: James McAvoy, Alicia Vikander, Alexander Siddiq, Celyn Jones, Mohamed Hakeemshady, Reda Kateb. Danielle Flanders (Alicia Vikander) is a biomathematician who is about to dive to the ocean floor off Greenland in a mini-submersible to probe her theories on the origins of life. Meanwhile in Somalia, British spy James More (James McAvoy) has embarked on a dangerous mission to investigate the origins of series of deadly suicide bombings that have devastated Europe. More poses as a hydraulics engineer, but he is Continue reading

TOMB RAIDER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Roar Uthaug Stars: Alicia Vikander, Walton Goggins, Dominic West, Daniel Wu, Kristin Scott Thomas, Derek Jacobi, Nick Frost. Raider of the Lost Tomb? This is a reboot of the franchise based on the popular video game that launched an obvious attempt to create a female variation on the daring archaeologist Indiana Jones. The Tomb Raider series was first brought to the screen in 2001 with Oscar winner Angelina Jolie playing the kick-arse heroine Lara Croft. But it has been dormant since 2003’s disappointing sequel Cradle Of Life. Continue reading

TULIP FEVER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Justin Chadwick Stars: Alicia Vikander, Christoph Waltz, Dane DeHaan, Holliday Grainger, Jack O'Connell, Judi Dench, Cara Delevingne, Tom Hollander, Kevin McKidd,  Matthew Morrison, Zach Galifianakis, Douglas Hodge, David Harewood. This melodramatic bodice ripper period romantic drama is set in Amsterdam in 1634. Tulips were very much prized and a source of great wealth in the market place. Playing out against this backdrop of a strong economic bubble and flourishing commodities market is a more formulaic story of romance, sex, Continue reading

THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Derek Cianfrance Stars: Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander, Rachel Weisz, Jack Thompson, Garry McDonald, Bryan Brown, Anthony Hayes, Jane Menelaus, Florence Clery, Thomas Unger, Benedict Hardie, Emily Barclay. A melodramatic and heart wrenching tale of love, sacrifice, responsibility, grief, forgiveness, and the impossible choices that parents sometimes have to make for the sake of their children, The Light Between Oceans is a lush and visually gorgeous adaptation of the best selling 2012 novel written by M L Stedman. Fans of the Continue reading