THE BOOKSHOP

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Isabel Coixet Stars: Emily Mortimer, Bill Night, Patricia Clarkson, Honor Kneafsey, James Lance, Reg Wilson, Hunter Tremayne, Frances Barber, Julie Christie. The Bookshop is set in the sleepy small coastal village of Hardborough in 1959. Florence Green (Emily Mortimer) is a war widow who relocates to this small town with the aim of opening a bookshop. She loves books and wants to share this love with the townsfolk. She takes possession of the decaying old residence known locally as "the old Continue reading

THE DEATH OF STALIN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Armando Iannucci Stars: Steve Buscemi, Jeffrey Tambor, Simon Russell Beale, Michael Palin, Jason Isaacs, Andrea Riseborough, Paddy Considine, Olga Kurylenko, Adrian McLoughlin, Rupert Friend, Dermot Crowley, Paul Chahidi, Karl Johnson. Armando Iannucci is best known for his work on political satires like the Emmy award winning Julia Louise Dreyfuss sitcom Veep, and The Thick Of It and In The Loop, both of which featured the foul mouthed political fixer Malcolm Tucker (played with savage glee by Continue reading

FINDING YOUR FEET

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Richard Loncraine Stars: Imelda Staunton, Celia Imrie, Timothy Spall, Joanna Lumley, David Hayman, John Sessions, Josie Lawrence, Sian Thomas. Following its premiere as the closing night attraction at the 2017 British Film Festival, this formulaic and cliched bittersweet romcom gets a theatrical release. With its story of elderly Brits enjoying life and facing mortality, second chances and finding romance late in life, this is an endearing but flawed feel good film that will appeal to the same demographic Continue reading

BREATHE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Andy Serkis Stars: Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy, Hugh Bonneville, Tom Hollander, Diana Rigg, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Amit Shah, Jonathan Hyde, David Wilmot, Stephen Mangan, Dean-Charles Chapman. The opening night film at the recent British Film Festival at Palace Cinemas, Breathe is an unashamedly old-fashioned tear jerker that will appeal to the same demographic that loved films like The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, etc. This is the inspiring true story of Robin Cavendish (played here by Andrew Garfield, from Hacksaw Ridge, etc), who Continue reading

GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Simon Curtis Stars: Domhnall Gleeson, Margot Robbie, Will Tilston, Kelly Macdonald, Alex Lawther, Stephen Campbell Moore. Written in 1926, Winnie The Pooh has become one of the most beloved and enduring pieces of children's literature. This heartfelt but somewhat stuffy biopic tells the backstory of how writer Alan Alexander (A A) Milne came to create these endearing characters. Before the outbreak of WWI, Milne (played hereby Domhnall Gleeson, from Ex Machina, etc) was a playwright and writer for satirical magazine Punch. But Continue reading