DOCTOR STRANGE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Scott Derrickson Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel McAdams, Tilda Swinton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Mads Mikkelsen, Benedict Wong, Benjamin Bratt, Michael Stuhlbarg, Scott Adkins. For a long time the DC comic book adaptations have been rather dark and grim, both in content and look, while the Marvel comic adaptations have been lighter in tone and more colourful and creative, boasting some great special effects and strong characterisations. And this is indeed true of Doctor Strange, which gives us yet another origins story for a Marvel Continue reading

RIDE ALONG 2

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Tim Story Stars: Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, Olivia Munn, Benjamin Bratt, Tika Sumpter, Ken Jeong, Sherri Shepherd, Bruce McGill, Michael Rose, Carlos Gomez, Eric Goins, Glenn Powell, Arturo del Puerto. The original Ride Along was another formulaic variation on the odd couple buddy cop genre that has included such superior examples as the Lethal Weapon series, 48 Hours and even the Rush Hour series. The film derived much of its pleasures from the combustible chemistry between the gruff and intense Ice Cube's veteran detective and the manic, Continue reading

THE WOODSMAN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Nicole Kassell Stars: Kevin Bacon, Kyra Sedgwick, Benjamin Bratt, Mos Def, Eve, David Allan Grier. Most films dealing with child molesters and paedophiles usually demonise such characters and treat them as monsters and unrepentant predators. So it is unusual, and very surprising, to find a film brave enough to treat such a character in a sympathetic light. That this provocative and potentially controversial film works so well is due in large measure to the compelling performance from Kevin Bacon, an often under-appreciated actor Continue reading

RED PLANET

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Anthony Hoffman Stars: Val Kilmer, Tom Sizemore, Carrie-Anne Moss, Benjamin Bratt, Simon Baker, Terence Stamp. Cinematically, science-fiction fans have not been well served during this first year of the brave new millennium. With a couple of exceptions, most of this year's offerings (Supernova, Mission To Mars, etc) have been troubled productions, offering rather dull, unoriginal tales that take us boldly where other film makers have gone previously. They have all lavished generous budgets on special effects, seemingly leaving Continue reading