MIDNIGHT SPECIAL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jeff Nichols Stars: Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Jaeden Lieberher, Adam Driver, Sam Shepard, Bill Camp. Jeff Nichols' previous two films - Take Shelter and Mud - were impressive and established his reputation as a director to watch. Mud in particular was a southern Gothic thriller that cemented Matthew McConaughey's reputation as a serious dramatic actor and appeared on many critics' best of list for 2012. The film also began with a limited art house release before positive word of mouth saw it gain a wider release. Continue reading

DOUBLE JEOPARDY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Bruce Beresford Stars: Ashley Judd, Tommy Lee Jones, Bruce Greenwood, Annabeth Gish, Roma Maffia, Davenia McFadden, Daniel Lapaine, Benjamin Weir. This exciting suspense thriller is probably the most formulaic of ex-patriate director Bruce Beresford's mainstream Hollywood films yet (Silent Fall, Last Dance, etc). Yet he proves himself more than capable of handling this familiar genre material with the same panache and skill that he brings to even his more intelligent and personal film projects. Slickly written by David Weisberg Continue reading