THE SECOND BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: John Madden Stars: Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Dev Patel, Bill Nighy, Richard Gere, Ronald Pickup, Penelope Wilton, Celia Imrie, Tamsin Greig, Tena Desae, Lillet Dubey, David Strathairn, Diana Hardcastle, Shazad Latif. Is this the most ironically apt film title of the year? The original and life affirming Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was one of the surprise hits of 2012, so it's not surprising that the producers have had a second bite at the cherry with this obligatory sequel. But the film suffers from the usual fate of most Continue reading

PRIDE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Matthew Warchus Stars: Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West, Paddy Considine, Andrew Scott, Ben Schnetzer, George MacKay, Joseph Gilgun, Faye Marsay, Freddie Fox, Lisa Palfrey, Jessica Gunning, Menna Trussler. Politics often makes for strange bedfellows, and so it is with this true story about two opposite communities drawn together by a common cause and a struggle against injustice an bullying. The crippling miners strike in Britain in 1984, brought about as a result of Thatcher's closure of the pits, produced a reluctant alliance Continue reading

I, FRANKENSTEIN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Stuart Beattie Stars: Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy, Aden Young, Miranda Otto, Yvonne Strahovski, Jai Courtney. Mary Shelley would probably be spinning in her grave if she could see what filmmaker Stuart Beattie and graphic novelist Kevin Grevioux have done to her most famous creation in this dreadful, special effects heavy fantasy. Beattie and Grevioux have reimagined Shelley's misunderstood monster from literature as an action hero battling demons in a battle to save mankind from destruction. A brief backstory tells us that Frankenstein's Continue reading

CHALET GIRL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Phil Traill Stars: Felicity Jones, Bill Nighy, Brooke Shields, Bill Bailey, Tamsin Egerton, Ed Westwick, Sophia Bush, Ken Dukken. This British/German co-production comes across as something of a mix of formulaic feel good romantic comedy crossed with some generous doses of Warren Miller-like snowboarding action on the ski slopes of the Austrian Alps. The film deals with themes of romance, class issues, confronting your fears, but it is somewhat lightweight and cliched. It’s Pride And Prejudice on skis! Rising star Felicity Continue reading

RANGO

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Gore Verbinski Stars: voices of Johnny Depp, Bill Nighy, Ned Beatty, Timothy Olyphant, Harry Dean Stanton, Alfred Molina, Ray Winstone, Isla Fisher. The spirit of the late, great Sergio Leone runs through this wonderfully entertaining animated spaghetti-style western. Rango contains the usual archetypes of those classic westerns from yesteryear. Thus we get the corrupt and power hungry mayor; the gunslinger who terrorises the town; the feisty rancher who is trying to hold on to her family farm; and the impressionable young kid Continue reading