MARY POPPINS RETURNS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Rob Marshall Stars: Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Colin Firth, Meryle Streep, Julie Walters, Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh, Joel Dawson, Angela Lansbury, Dick Van Dyke, Jeremy Swift, Kobna Holbrook-Smith, David Warner, Jim Norton, voices of Chris O'Dowd, Mark Addy. It's been fifty years since Disney released their endearing and enduring live action musical adaptation of P L Travers' Mary Poppins, fantastical tale of the magical nanny who arrived to heal the Banks family in their time of trouble. Continue reading

PADDINGTON 2

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Paul King Stars: voices of Ben Whishaw, Imelda Staunton, Michael Gambon; Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Hugh Grant, Madeleine Harris, Samuel Joslin, Brendan Gleeson, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi, Tom Conti, Julie Walters, Ben Miller, Richard Ayoade, Joanna Lumley. Paddington, the marmalade loving bear from the wildest jungles of Peru who found a new home in the suburbs of London, was created by the late Michael Bond in 1958. Since then the late author wrote over 100 books about the misadventures of Paddington; they have sold Continue reading

A HOLOGRAM FOR THE KING

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Tom Tykwer Stars: Tom Hanks, Alexander Black, Sarita Choubury, Ben Whishaw, Tom Skerritt, Sidse Basbbett Knudsen. A Hologram For The King is one of Tom Hanks' less commercial films. The film is based on the novel written by Dave Eggers, and Hanks was a big fan of the book which explains his involvement in this endeavour, which is somewhat unusual territory for the actor. A Hologram For The King is essentially another fish out of water tale exploring themes of the clash of cultures. Hanks plays Alan Clay, a failed businessman who Continue reading

THE DANISH GIRL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Tom Hooper Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, Amber Heard, Ben Whishaw, Matthias Schoenaerts, Sebastian Koch. Eddie Redmayne won a well-deserved Oscar for his wonderful performance as Stephen Hawking in The Theory Of Everything. Now he backs up that fine performance with another nuanced and extraordinary performance in this biopic about a Danish painter who underwent the first recorded case of gender reassignment surgery. The Danish Girl is a deeply felt love story that explores themes of love, relationships, gender, sexuality and Continue reading

SUFFRAGETTE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Sarah Gavron Stars: Carey Mulligan, Anne-Marie Duff, Helena Bonham Carter, Ben Whishaw, Brendan Gleeson, Romola Garai, Finbar Lynch, Meryl Streep, Samuel West, Adrian Schiller, Natalie Press. Sisters are certainly doing it for themselves in this earnest drama about the early suffragette movement. Part earnest historical drama, part political drama and part character driven historical drama Suffragette looks at the struggle of British women to gain universal suffrage in the early part of the twentieth century. London in 1912 became the Continue reading