THE FLORIDA PROJECT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Sean Baker Stars: Bria Vinaite, Brooklynn Prince, Willem Dafoe, Christopher Rivera, Valeria Cotto, Aiden Malik, Caleb Landry Jones, Mela Murder. Independent filmmaker Sean Baker previously gave us the gritty and downbeat drama Tangerine, which followed a group of transgender prostitutes working the intersection of Santa Monica Boulevarde and Highland Avenue in Hollywood. The film was shot guerrilla style on an I-phone, and Baker used a largely non-professional cast to flesh out the characters. The film was suffused with an Continue reading

AMERICAN MADE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Doug Liman Stars: Tom Cruise, Domhnall Gleeson, Sarah Wright Olsen, Caleb Landry Jones, Jesse Plemons, Lola Kirke, E Roger Mitchell, Mauricio Mejia. Thirty years ago, Tom Cruise played a cock-sure, gung-ho naval pilot in the classic Top Gun. Now he plays another hot shot pilot in this bizarre story about drug smuggling, gun running and money laundering that again proves that quite often truth is far stranger than fiction. Cruise plays Barry Seal, a disenchanted pilot with TWA who uses his position to Continue reading

WAR ON EVERYONE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: John Michael McDonagh Stars: Alexander Skarsgard, Michael Pena, Theo James, Tessa Thompson, Caleb Landry Jones, Zion Rain Leyba, Malcolm Barrett, Paul Reiser, Stephanie Sigman. Irish playwright turned filmmaker John Michael McDonagh has given us a couple of powerful dramas with The Guard and Calvary, both of which were suffused with a strong streak of black humour and quirky touches. So it was with high expectations that I went in to the cinema to see his latest effort, the blackly comic crime caper War On Everyone. What a massive Continue reading