SUSPIRIA

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Luca Guadagnino Stars: Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton, Chloe Moretz Grace, Mia Goth, Jessica Harper, Angela Winkler, Elena Fokina, Sylvie Testud, Ingrid Caven, Renee Soutendijk, Clementine Houdart. Not since Black Swan has the world of ballet been so sinister and laced with menace. Suspiria is set in Berlin, a divided city, in the 1970s. Susie Bannion (Dakota Johnson, from the Fifty Shades trilogy, etc) is an ambitious American ballet dancer who arrives in Berlin keen to win a spot at the prestigious Helena Markos Dance Academy. Continue reading

ATOMIC BLONDE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: David Leitch Stars: Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, Toby Jones, John Goodman, Eddie Marsan, James Faulkner, Til SChweiger, Barbara Sukowa, Sophia Boutella, Roland Moller, Bill Skarsgard, Martin Angerbauer. Berlin 1989. The Cold War is in its death throes, and the Berlin Wall, the symbol of the Cold War that has divided East and West for three decades, is about to be torn down. Into this tense period of history comes Lorraine Broughton (Charlize Theron), a British agent who has come to Berlin to investigate the murder of a fellow agent Continue reading

ALONE IN BERLIN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Vincent Perez Stars: Brendan Gleeson, Emma Thompson, Daniel Bruhl, Uwe Preuss, Mikael Persbrandt, Louis Hofmann, Katrin Pollitt. This WWII drama is set in Berlin in the early 1940s and is based on the novel Every Man Dies Alone, which was written by Hans Fallada in 1947 but not translated into English for another six decades. The book told the story of Otto and Elise Hampel, a German couple who embarked on an unusual campaign of resistance to the Nazis after Hans, their young soldier son, was killed on the battlefields of France. Continue reading

PHOENIX

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Christian Petzold Stars: Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld, Nina Kurzendorf, Imogen Kogge. Set in the aftermath of WWII, Phoenix is a slow burn noir-like psychological thriller about identity, survival, obsesion and betrayal. It bears some similarity to the Hitchcock classic Vertigo as well as Brian De Palma's Obsession. Disfigured Jewish concentration camp survivor Nelly Lanz (Nina Hoss, recently seen in A Most Wanted Man, etc) has undergone plastic surgery and facial reconstruction surgery. Now known as Lene she begins to search the rubble Continue reading

UNKNOWN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jaume Collet-Serra Stars: Liam Neeson, Diane Kruger, January Jones, Aidan Quinn, Bruno Ganz, Frank Langella. A strong character actor, Liam Neeson had an opportunity to flex his muscles as an action hero in the Euro thriller Taken, in which he played a former spy seeking vengeance on the slave traders who kidnapped his daughter. In Unknown he again flexes his muscles as the toughest, most resourceful and physically active amnesiac since Jason Bourne. Neeson plays Martin Harris, a scientist who arrives in Berlin with his wife Continue reading