LEAVE NO TRACE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Debra Granik Stars: Ben Foster, Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie, Dale Dickey, Dana Millican, Bob Werfelman, Jeff Kober. Will (Ben Foster, from Hell Or High Water, Hostiles, etc) is a psychologically damaged war veteran who is living off the grid with his dutiful teenaged daughter Tom (New Zealand actress Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie, from popular tv soap Shortland Street, etc). Will likes the sense of isolation and is homeless by choice. The pair have been hiding and living in Forest Park, a huge wilderness area outside Portland Oregon. Continue reading

HOSTILES

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Scott Cooper. Stars: Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike, Jonathan Majors, Rory Cochrane, Scott Shepherd, David Midthunder, Stephen Lang, Wes Studi, Ben Foster, Jesse Plemons, Timothée Chalamet, Adam Beach, Scott Wilson, Q’orianka Kilcher, Tanaya Beatty, Ryan Bingham. Christian Bale returns to the western genre for the first time since the remake of 3.10 To Yuma in 2007. Hostiles also reunites him with director Scott Cooper, who put him through his paces in the gritty urban drama Out Of The Continue reading

HELL OR HIGH WATER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: David Mackenzie Stars: Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Gil Birmingham, Dale Dickey, Buck Taylor, Katy Mixon, Debrianna Mansini. This blend of heist movie and contemporary western comes from British director David Mackenzie (the violent prison film Starred Up), who gives us a rather bleak picture of an economically depressed dustbowl area in rural Texas, where family farms are falling into disuse and disrepair and the roads are lined with signs offering debt relief. When the bank threatens to foreclose on their family farm, Continue reading

INFERNO

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ron Howard Stars: Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones, Ben Foster, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Omar Sy, Irrfan Khan, Xavier Laurent, Ana Ulara, Ida Darvish. Inferno is the third film adapted from the series of novels written by Dan Brown featuring the religious symbologist Robert Langdon (played by Tom Hanks). A symbologist is the type of arcane profession that only exists within the cloistered world of academia or the pages of thriller novels. Although the second novel in the series, it was the bestselling The Da Vinci Code, which has sold Continue reading

THE PROGRAM

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Stephen Frears Stars: Ben Foster, Chris O'Dowd, Jesse Plemons, Guillaume Canet, Lee Pace, Dustin Hoffman, Denis Menochet, Bryan Greenberg, Laura Donnelly, Elaine Cassidy, Edward Hogg. By now just about everybody is aware that Lance Armstrong's historic seven wins in the iconic and grueling Tour De France were tainted by drugs and the use of elaborate masking agents. Especially after his frank and revealing confession in an extended interview with Oprah Winfrey. And anyone who saw Alex Gibney's detailed and well researched 2013 Continue reading