THE OLD MAN AND THE GUN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: David Lowery Stars: Robert Redford, Sissy Spacek, Casey Affleck, Danny Glover, Tom Waits, Tika Sumpter, John David Washington, Isiah Whitlock jr. This amiable light comedic caper is supposedly Robert Redford’s last film. At 82 the legendary veteran actor has announced that this would be his last film as he pulls the plug on his stellar 60-year career. And what a way to go out. (Although you might recall that Clint Eastwood said the same thing around the time he made Gran Torino, supposedly his swan song as an actor, but he has Continue reading

A GHOST STORY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: David Lowery Stars: Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara, Will Oldham. Despite its title, this is not a horror story, nor is it a conventional haunted house story. Nor is it a remake of the 1981 John Irvin film Ghost Story, that was based on a novel written by Peter Straub. Rather this oblique and glacially paced art house drama is a film about a ghost suffering an existential crisis. The film offers a melancholy and haunting meditation on love, loss, death, the legacy we leave behind, and existence itself. The film follows C (played by Continue reading

MANCHESTER BY THE SEA

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Kenneth Lonergan Stars: Casey Affleck, Lucas Hedges, Michelle Williams, Kyle CHandler, Tate Donovan, Gretchen Mol, Matthew Broderick, Stephen Henderson. Manchester By The Sea is writer/director Kenneth Lonergan’s first film since Margaret, his troubled 2005 drama that was shelved for several years while embroiled in legal disputes. But his latest film marks a welcome return as this moving drama about grief and redemption has become one of the highly-favoured films in the lead up to the annual awards season. Lonergan delves into Continue reading

INTERSTELLAR

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Christopher Nolan Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine, Jessica Chastain, John Lithgow, Wes Bentley, Matt Damon, Mackenzie Foy, Timothee Chalamet, Ellen Burstyn, Topher Grace, Casey Affleck, William Devane, David Oyelowo, Bill Irwin, Josh Stewart, David Gyasi. I must admit I was slightly disappointed with Interstellar, probably because Christopher Nolan has set up huge expectations with his body of work, including Memento, Inception, and the darker vision of the mythology of a popular comic book hero in his Batman Continue reading

200 CIGARETTES

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Risa Bramon Garcia Stars: Ben Affleck, Casey Affleck, Dave Chappelle, Guillermo Diaz, Angela Featherstone, Janeane Garofalo, Gaby Hoffmann, Kate Hudson, Courtney Love, Brian McCardie, Jay Mohr, Martha Plimpton, Christina Ricci, Paul Rudd, Jennifer Albano, Elvis Costello, Catherine Kellner. It is New Year's Eve in New York, 1981. Punk rock is in its death throes. This is a more innocent time, before the era of political correctness, smoking bans, and the spectre of AIDS. This low budget comedy follows a disparate group of Continue reading