THE INNOCENTS

Reviewed by GREG KING Stars: Lou De Laage, Agata Kulesza, Agata Buzek, Joanna Kulig, Dorota Kuduk, Vincent Macaigne. This French/Polish production looks at the horrors of war and the consequences of war from a different perspective. The Innocents is inspired by a little-known incident that happened in Poland at the end of WWII. The setting is a secluded convent outside Warsaw. A convent should have been a place of refuge and a safe haven from the horrors of war, but instead it became a place of terror. When the Russian troops liberated Poland from the Germans Continue reading

HANNAH ARENDT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Margarethe Von Trotta Stars: Barbara Sukowa, Janet McTeer. The banality of the biopic? Hannah Arendt is regarded as one of the most important, provocative and controversial thinkers of the twentieth century. It's probably not surprising that Arendt is an anagram of ardent, because she certainly was an outspoken and passionate thinker and writer. A philosopher, intellectual and political theorist, she coined the phrase "the banality of evil" after covering the war crimes trial of former Nazi Adolf Eichmann. This biopic of the Continue reading

OF GODS AND MEN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Vaxier Beauvois Stars: Lambert Wilson, Michael Lonsdale. A few years ago there was a documentary called Into Great Silence, which took us inside a remote monastery and gave us insights into the daily routines, rituals and practices of a group of monks. Imagine injecting some fanatical religious fundamentalists into the same setting and you begin to get an idea of what this award winning French drama is about. Directed by French actor turned director Xavier Beauvois (Le Petite Lieutenant, etc), Of Gods And Men is a quietly Continue reading