THE MAZE RUNNER: THE DEATH CURE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Wes Ball Stars: Dylan O'Brien, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Kaya Scodelario, Aidan Gillen, Patricia Clarkson, Will Poulter, Dexter Darden, Barry Pepper, Rosa Salazer, Giancarlo Esposito, Ki Hong Lee, Jacob Lofland, Walton Goggins, Katherine McNamara, Nathalie Emmanuel. The Maze Runner: The Death Cure successfully brings to a conclusion the generic, post-apocalyptic dystopian saga based on the ambitious but hugely popular series of novels written by James Dashner. And unlike a couple of other YA adaptations, at least here the producers Continue reading

BITTER HARVEST

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: George Mendeluk Stars: Max Irons, Samantha Barks, Barry Pepper, Terence Stamp, Tamer Hassan, Aneurin Barnard, Lucy Brown, William Beck, Richard Brake, Tom Austen, Gary Oliver. After the overthrow of Nicholas II in 1918 the Russian peasants of the Ukraine thought they would be better off under the Bolsheviks. But it was not to be as the socialist ideal of collectivisation decreed that they had to cede a certain percentage of their harvest to feed the country. The peasants eventually rebelled against tis decree. Upset by their Continue reading

MONSTER TRUCKS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Chris Wedge Stars: Lucas Till, Jane Levy, Thomas Lennon, Rob Lowe, Barry Pepper, Holt McCallany, Amy Ryan, Danny Glover, Frank Whaley. How to train your subterranean creature? What if so-called monster trucks were actually powered by monsters that lived inside them? The producers of Monster Trucks have taken a simple concept that apparently sprang from the mind of a four-year-old boy and have worked it into an entertaining quirky throwback to the cinema of the 80s which becomes something of a guilty pleasure by the end. Continue reading

KILL THE MESSENGER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Michael Cuesta Stars: Jeremy Renner, Rosemarie De Witt, Oliver Platt, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Andy Garcia, Richard Jenkins, Michael Sheen, Ray Liotta, Tim Blake Nelson, Robert Patrick, Barry Pepper. In the 1980s the Reagan administration waged a covert war on drugs. But it was a war that created some strange bedfellows. At the same time, the CIA was apparently helping drug dealers smuggle crack cocaine into the urban ghettoes of Los Angeles and other American cities, and using the funds to help prop up the Contra rebels fighting in Continue reading

WE WERE SOLDIERS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Randall Wallace Stars: Mel Gibson, Barry Pepper, Madeleine Stowe, Sam Elliott, Greg Kinnear, Saving Private Ryan set a new standard for war films with its gritty realism, while the recent Black Hawk Down raised the bar for the depiction of the intensity and brutality of conflict. We Were Soldiers again raises the bar for realism and graphic combat scenes in a war film, but it is also at times a moving tale of heroism under fire. Based on a true story written by Lt Col. Harold Moore, We Were Soldiers depicts the first Continue reading