STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Rian Johnson Stars: Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, John Boyega, Laura Dern, Andy Serkis, Benicio Del Toro, Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong'o, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Frank Oz, Justin Theroux, Adrian Edmondson, Warwick Davis. The Force Slumbers? In 2015, J J Abrams (Star Trek, Super 8, etc) gave us a great Star Wars film with The Force Awakens, which reinvigorated the franchise and largely removed the stench left by the three George Lucas directed Continue reading

A PERFECT DAY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Fernando Leon de Aranoa Stars: Benicio Del Toro, Tim Robbins, Olga Kurylenko, Eldar Residovic, Melanie Thierry, Fedja Stukan. M*A*S*H in Bosnia? This black comedy centres around Mambru (Benicio del Toro) and B (Tim Robbins), a couple of aid workers in the Balkans during the conflict of the 90s. Working with an NGO known as Aid Across Borders, they deal with the horrors of the war and the vicious consequences of ethnic hatred almost on a daily basis. The film begins with the pair trying to raise a morbidly obese body from a well Continue reading

SICARIO

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Dennis Villeneuve Stars: Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, Benicio del Toro, Victor Garber, Daniel Kaluuya, Jon Bernthal, Jeffrey Donovan, Raoul Trujillo. In Spanish, "sicario" means hitman or assassin. In 2013 Canadian director Dennis Villeneuve gave us the tough and taut claustrophobic thriller Prisoners (starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal), which made many critics' lists of the best films of the year. He returns with this powerful, hard hitting and gritty new thriller that takes a look at the US's war on drugs. It is a war that the US Continue reading

THE FUNERAL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Abel Ferrara Stars: Christopher Walken, Chris Penn, Benicio Del Toro, Vincent Gallo, Isabella Rossellini, Annabella Sciorra, Paul Hipp Running Time: 98 minutes. Few contemporary film-makers depict the shattering violence of New York's mean streets with quite the same ferocity and intensity as maverick director Abel Ferrara (Fear City, The King Of New York, etc). His latest film has more depth and is much more character-driven than most of his previous films. Written by Ferrara's regular collaborator, Nicholas St John, The Funeral Continue reading