DARKEST HOUR

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Joe Wright Stars: Gary Oldman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Lily James, Ben Mendelsohn, Ronald Pickup, Stephen Dillane, Samuel West, Adrian Rawlings, David Strathairn. Joe Wright’s Darkest Hour is the second high profile film this year to explore the controversial war time record of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who has been regarded as one of the greatest Britons ever in history. We first saw Brian Cox play him in Churchill, which was set around the lead up to the D-Day invasion of France, in which Churchill was consumed by Continue reading

UNA

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Benedict Andrews Stars: Ben Mendelsohn, Rooney Mara, Riz Ahmed, Ruby Stokes, Tara Fitzgerald. Based upon the controversial Olivier-award winning play Blackbird written by Scottish playwright David Harrower, Una is a confronting film that deals with some difficult and troubling and taboo material. Fifteen years ago, a 13-year-old Una (played by newcomer Ruby Stokes) had a crush on her next-door neighbour Ray (played by Ben Mendelsohn, from Animal Kingdom, etc), a much older man. She ran away with him, and he was eventually Continue reading

ROGUE ONE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Gareth Edwards Stars: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Forest Whitaker, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen, Riz Ahmed, Jimmy Smits, Alistair Petrie, Ben Daniels, Ian McElhinney, James Earl Jones. One of the most anticipated films of the year was Rogue One, the latest stand alone spin off in the Star Wars franchise. While it doesn't quite live up to the hype it is still a solid film that delivers plenty of action that won't disappoint the die hard fans of the series. This "stand alone" Star Wars film Continue reading

SLOW WEST

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: John Maclean Stars: Michael Fassbendr, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Ben Mendelsohn, Caren Pistorius, Rory McCann, Andrew Robertt, Kalanji Queypo. A quirky and atmospheric take on the traditional western, Slow West is a British/Australian co-production that was shot entirely in New Zealand. Jay Cavendish (played by Kodi Smit-McPhee, a young Australian actor who is amassing some impressive credits such as the bleak, post-apocalyptic drama The Road, etc) is a naive and love lorn teenage aristocrat from Scotland who has come to Colorado to find the Continue reading

BLACK SEA

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Kevin MacDonald Stars: Jude Law, Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn, Michael Smiley, Tobias Menzies, Bobby Schofield, Jodie Whittaker, Grigoriy Dobrygin, Konstantin Khabensky, Daniel Ryan, David Threlfall, Sergey Puskepolis, Sergey Kolesnikov. Oscar winning director Kevin MacDonald (One Day In September, The Last King Of Scotland, etc) takes us on a voyage to the bottom of the sea in this tense and claustrophobic thriller set aboard a submarine. There have been a few movies set aboard submarines, such as Das Boot, The Hunt For Red October, Continue reading