ONCE UPON A TIME… IN HOLLYWOOD

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Quentin Tarantino Stars: Leonardo Di Caprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Al Pacino, Kurt Russell, Zoe Bell, Bruce Dern, Timothy Olyphant, Michael Madsen, Damian Lewis, Mike Moh, Luke Perry, Emile Hirsch, Nicholas Hammond, Margaret Qualley, Austin Butler, Dakota Fanning, Rafal Zawierucha, Maya Hawke. Quentin Tarantino’s ninth film is a love letter to movies and the golden years of Hollywood and television. But as the title suggests it is also something of a fairy tale. Set against the backdrop of Hollywood in 1969, this sprawling Continue reading

ALLIED

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Robert Zemeckis Stars: Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard, Jared Harris, Simon McBurney, Lizzy Caplan, August Diehl, Matthew Goode, Thierry Fremont. This old-fashioned World War Two set romantic drama from director Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump, Castaway, etc) tries to be a Casablanca for the twenty first century. But it is also the film that brought Brad Pitt and costar Marion Cotillard together and sparked rumours that their on screen romance continued after the cameras stopped rolling. It is a bit like Mr And Mrs Smith, the romantic Continue reading

BY THE SEA

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Angelina Jolie-Pitt Stars: Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie-Pitt, Niels Arestrup, Melanie Laurent, Melvil Poupaud, Richard Bohringer. A glamorous American couple holidaying in Europe arrive at a small seaside village, and settle into a beautiful little hotel overlooking the Mediterranean. But it is soon clear that their marriage is in crisis. Roland (Brad Pitt) is a writer who is suffering from a severe case of writer's block, and he finds inspiration at the bottom of a bottle. Vanessa (Angelina Jolie) is a former dancer who is battling a Continue reading

FURY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: David Ayer Stars: Brad Pitt, Logan Lerman, Shia LaBeouf, Michael Pena, Jon Bernthal, Alicia von Rittberg, Jason Isaacs, Xavier Samuel, Jim Parrack, Scott Eastwood, Kevin Vance, Anamarie Marinca. This powerful and intense World War Two drama sees Brad Pitt back killing Nazis, something he did so effectively in Tarantino's bloody and violent Inglorious Basterds. But there is little of the tongue in cheek humour or cinematic references that shape his revisionist take on that war. Rather this is a more straightforward tale of heroism and Continue reading

12 YEARS A SLAVE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Steve McQueen Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Lupita Nyong'o, Michael Fassbender, Alfre Woodard, Scoot McNairy, Michael K Williams, Brad Pitt. The brutal realities of slavery are brought to life in harrowing fashion in this confronting film from British director Steve McQueen. This is the third feature film from the former visual artist turned filmmaker, and is his most assured and affecting drama to date. McQueen explores damaged characters - his first film was Hunger, about IRA hunger striker Continue reading