20TH CENTURY WOMEN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Mike Mills Stars: Annette Bening, Lucas Jade Zumann, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup, Alia Shawkat. The opening night attraction of the recent American Essentials Film Festival, 20th Century Women is the latest film from writer/director Mike Mills (Thumbsucker, etc). His previous film was Beginners, which was inspired by the story of his own father, who came out as gay at the age of 75 following a battle with cancer. It starred Ewan McGregor and Christopher Plummer, who won an Oscar for his flamboyant performance. His Continue reading

ALIEN COVENANT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ridley Scott Stars: Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Danny McBride, Billy Crudup, Demian Bichir, Nathaniel Dean, Jussie Smollett, Callie Hernandez, Carmen Ejogo, Guy Pearce, James Franco. With 2012’s Prometheus, director Ridley Scott returned to the Alien universe that he created way back in 1979 with the claustrophobic and terrifying Alien. The concept has undergone a number of permutations with various sequels and different directors stamping their mark on the series over forty years. Prometheus was a prequel to Alien Continue reading

SPOTLIGHT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Tom McCarthy Stars: Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Brian d'Arcy James, Live Schreiber, John Slattery, Billy Crudup, Stanley Tucci, Paul Guilfoyle, Len Cariou, Jamey Sheridan, Neal Huff. All the bishops men? A powerful drama, Spotlight is based on the true story of the Boston Globe's Pulitzer Prize winning series of articles from 2002 exposing the sytematic molestation of young children by Catholic priests and the cover-up orchestrated by the Catholic Church. The revelations were particularly shocking in this strong Continue reading

INVENTING THE ABBOTTS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Pat O'Connor Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Liv Tyler, Will Patton, Kathy Baker, Billy Crudup, Joanna Going, Jennifer Connelly, Barbara Williams Running Time: 105 minutes. For some reason I was expecting Inventing The Abbotts to be a comedy. However, this new film from Pat O'Connor, director of Circle Of Friends, etc, is a rather dark-edged, albeit clichéd, coming of age melodrama set in small town America in the late 1950's. Adapted from a short story written by Sue Miller (The Good Mother, etc), Inventing The Abbotts deals with a Continue reading