DARKEST HOUR

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Joe Wright Stars: Gary Oldman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Lily James, Ben Mendelsohn, Ronald Pickup, Stephen Dillane, Samuel West, Adrian Rawlings, David Strathairn. Joe Wright’s Darkest Hour is the second high profile film this year to explore the controversial war time record of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who has been regarded as one of the greatest Britons ever in history. We first saw Brian Cox play him in Churchill, which was set around the lead up to the D-Day invasion of France, in which Churchill was consumed by Continue reading

FRANCOFONIA

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Aleksandr Sokurov. Yet another (dull) night at the museum? This dull, slow moving and pretentious documentary looking at the history of France's famous Louvre museum comes from Russian filmmaker Aleksandr Sokurov, who gave us the visually impressive Russian Ark, a tour through the famous Hermitage Museum that was shot in one long, continuous take. No such cinematic ambition here though as Sokurov uses a mix of archival footage, dramatic reenactments and stylistic flourishes to tell the history of the Louvre in the Continue reading

INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Joel and Ethan Coen Stars: Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, Justin Timberlake, Jeanine Serralles, Ethan Phillips, Robin Barrett. This bittersweet and blackly funny film follows a week in the life of a down and out folk singer struggling to make his mark in the early 60s when folk was slowly taking over from jazz in the Greenwich Village coffee houses frequented by the intellectuals and college students. The film is loosely based on The Mayor Of MacDougal Street, the memoir of Dave Van Ronk, who was one of the founding figures Continue reading