THOR: RAGNAROK

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Taika Waititi Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Cate Blanchett, Tom Hiddleston, Mark Ruffalo, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Idris Elba, Anthony Hopkins, Benedict Cumberbatch, Taika Waititi, Rachel House, Clancy Brown, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Sam Neill, Luke Hemsworth, Matt Damon, Shari Sebbens. The 17th feature in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the third film in the Thor series is lighter in tone and lots of fun. For those who have grown a little tired on the usual formula and destructive set pieces of Marvel this will be Continue reading

TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Michael Bay Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Hopkins, Laura Haddock, Josh Duhamel, Isabela Moner, Glenn Morshower, John Turturro, Tony Hale, Mitch Pileggi, Santiago Cabrera, Jim Galligan, Stanley Tucci, voices of Peter Cullen, Frank Welker, Erik Aadahl, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Ken Watanabe, Jim Carter, Omar Sy, Reno Wilson, John DiMaggio, Jess Harnell, Gemma Chan. Michael Bay makes more robot porn for 13-year-old boys. Transformers: The Last Knight is the fifth instalment in Michael Bay’s series of big budget special effects Continue reading

KIDNAPPING MR HEINEKEN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Daniel Alfredson Stars: Jim Sturgess, Sam Worthington, Ryan Kwanten, Anthony Hopkins, David Dencik, Mark van Eeuwen, Thomas Cocquerel. In 1983, five financially strapped businessmen and friends kidnapped Alfred "Freddy" Heineken, the Dutch brewing tycoon and held him for ransom. At the time, the $21 million ransom was the highest ever paid for an individual. To help finance their kidnapping though the five men first robbed a bank in a daring daylight robbery. They constructed a couple of soundproof chambers at the back of a Continue reading

THE RITE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Mikael Hafstrom Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Ciaran Hinds, Toby Jones, Colin O'Donoghue, Marta Gastini, Alice Braga, Rutger Hauer. Hannibal Lecter does exorcisms? Even though it is nearly forty years old, William Friedkin’s 1973 frightfest The Exorcist is still the benchmark by which all other films about demonic possession will be judged. And so it is with the lacklustre and turgidly paced Exorcist clone The Rite. This is more of a psychological thriller, which explores the banality of evil with a distinct lack of urgency. The Continue reading

THOR

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Anthony Hopkins Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman, Kat Dennings, Stellan Skarsgaard, Tom Hiddleston, Clark Gregg. Yet another Marvel comic book character is given the big screen treatment. Created in 1962, Thor is one of the lesser super heroes in the Marvel canon, and his story is loosely based on the old Norse myths. But given the recent success of the Iron Man films, Thor has been given a big budget and some top-notch talent to bring the character to life on the big screen. This is a special effects Continue reading