A QUIET PLACE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: John Krasinski Stars: John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe, Cade Woodward. In a quiet place, no one can hear you scream? A well-made, tense and suspenseful horror film from director John Krasinski (best known for his work on the US version of tv sitcom The Office), A Quiet Place is also as scary as hell. Not since last year’s Don’t Breathe has the use of silence been such an effective and potent cinematic tool for creating edge of the seat tension and a palpable sense of dread. A Continue reading

MOLLY’S GAME

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Aaron Sorkin Stars: Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, Michael Cera, Chris O'Dowd, Bill Camp, Jeremy Strong, Graham Greene, J C Mackenzie, Brian d'arcy Jones, Natalie Krill, Jon Bass. Poker is not the most exciting of cinematic sports, although there have been a few great films set against the backdrop of poker, including Rounders, A Big Hand For A Little Lady, etc. And now we get Molly’s Game. The film is based on the memoir of Molly Bloom (played here by Jessica Chastain), a former Olympic Continue reading

FENCES

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Denzel Washington Stars: Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen Henderson, Mykelti Williamson, Russell Hornsby, Jovan Adepo, Saniyya Sidney. Pittsburgh in the 1950s. Troy Maxson (Denzel Washington) is a middle-aged man struggling to get by, and he is bitter and resentful of his past, his failures and missed opportunities. He spent some time in prison, and his baseball career never really took off. He takes much of his frustrations out on his long-suffering wife Rose (Viola Davis, from Doubt, etc) and teenaged son Cory (newcomer Continue reading

THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Tate Taylor Stars: Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson, Haley Bennett, Justin Theroux, Luke Evans, Allison Janney, Edgar Ramirez. Based on the best selling novel by Paula Hawkins that has sold over eleven millions copies since it was published in 2012, The Girl On The Train is an erotic adult mystery thriller that serves up a potent mix of sex, violence, domestic violence, marital discord, voyeurism and murder. It will inevitably invite comparisons to Gone Girl, although this film is nowhere near as compelling or dark or engaging as Continue reading

FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Thomas Vinterberg Stars: Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael Sheen, Tom Sturridge, Juno Temple, Jessica Barden. Thomas Hardy's lyrical pastoral romances set in his fictitious Wessex are often quite grim and bleak tales, and it is easy to see their continuing appeal to filmmakers. Hardy's Far From The Madding Crowd, written in 1874, tells the story of independent minded Bathsheba Everdene, who is wooed by three very different suitors before marrying one of them. It was sumptuously filmed in 1966 by John Schlesinger (Midnight Continue reading