GOLD

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Stephen Gaghan Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Edgar Ramirez, Bryce Dallas Howard, Corey Stoll, Bruce Greenwood, Craig T Nelson, Toby Kebbell, Bill Camp, Joshua Harto, Timothy Simons, Rachael Taylor, Stacy Keach, Mason Blair, Adam Lefevre. Matthew McConaughey goes from strength to strength with his recent choice of roles, and here he gives another winning performance in the financial drama Gold. He plays Kenny Wells, the eccentric, overly confident, alcoholic and down on his luck prospector and hustler, the son of a legendary and Continue reading

JASON BOURNE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Paul Greengrass Stars: Matt Damon, Alicia Vikander, Tommy Lee Jones, Vincent Cassel, Riz Ahmed, Julia Stiles, Gregg Henry, Ato Essendoh, Scott Shepherd, Bill Camp. The film adaptations of Robert Ludlum's novels about Jason Bourne, an amnesiac assassin trying to piece together his own identity while outrunning and outgunning assassins was very influential in shaping and reinvigorating the Bond franchise as well as inspiring action films like Taken and its ilk. Nine years ago, following The Bourne Ultimatum, Matt Damon, the star of Continue reading

MIDNIGHT SPECIAL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jeff Nichols Stars: Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Jaeden Lieberher, Adam Driver, Sam Shepard, Bill Camp. Jeff Nichols' previous two films - Take Shelter and Mud - were impressive and established his reputation as a director to watch. Mud in particular was a southern Gothic thriller that cemented Matthew McConaughey's reputation as a serious dramatic actor and appeared on many critics' best of list for 2012. The film also began with a limited art house release before positive word of mouth saw it gain a wider release. Continue reading

BLACK MASS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Scott Cooper Stars: Johnny Depp, Joel Edgerton, Kevin Bacon, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jesse Plemmons, Rory Cochrane, Julianne Nicholson, Dakota Johnson, Peter Sarsgaard, Corey Stoll, Adam Scott, W Earl Brown, Bill Camp, Juno Temple. Based on the book written by journalists Dick Lehr and Gerard O'Neill, Black Mass explores the biggest scandal in the FBI's history when an ambitious FBI agent made a deal with a notorious gangster that eventually backfired. Black Mass looks at the rise of the notorious Jimmy "Whitey" Bulger, a thug who rose to Continue reading

LOVE & MERCY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Bill Pohland Stars: Paul Dano, John Cusack, Elizabeth Banks, Paul Giamatti, Bill Camp, Kenny Wormald, Jake Abel, Brett Davern, Max Schneider, Joanna Going, Graham Rogers, Diana Maria Riva. This is an unconventional biopic of Brian Wilson, the songwriter and creative driving force behind 60s band The Beach Boys, whose songs of sun, surf and summer epitomised the California sound. Most biopics of musicians tend to explore their darker side as well as look at that fine line between genius and madness and Love & Mercy is no exception. Continue reading