BUCKLEY’S CHANCE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Tim Brown Stars: Bill Nighy, Victoria Hill, Milan Burch, Kelton Pell, Martin Sacks, Ben Wood, Anthony Gooley, Julia Billington. A genial but slightly old fashioned feelgood family centric drama that paints a rather cliched picture of Australia’s outback and its characters. Following the death of his beloved father New York teen Ridley (Milan Burch) and his mother Gloria (Victoria Hill, from Dance Academy, etc) travel across the world to spend time with Spencer, the grandfather he has never known. Gloria hopes that the change Continue reading

SOMETIMES ALWAYS NEVER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Carl Hunter Stars: Bill Nighy, Sam Riley, Alice Lowe, Louis Healy, Jenny Agutter, Tim McInnerny, Alexei Sayle. The marvelous Bill Nighy is at his droll, aloof and deadpan best in this quirky, subtly observed character driven comedy/drama. Nighy plays Alan, a Scrabble-obsessed tailor who has been trying to find his oldest son Michael, who stormed out of the family home many years earlier over an argument during a game of Scrabble, never to return. Alan's relationship with his other son Peter (Sam Riley, from Control, etc) is Continue reading

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