HOSTILES

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Scott Cooper. Stars: Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike, Jonathan Majors, Rory Cochrane, Scott Shepherd, David Midthunder, Stephen Lang, Wes Studi, Ben Foster, Jesse Plemons, Timothée Chalamet, Adam Beach, Scott Wilson, Q’orianka Kilcher, Tanaya Beatty, Ryan Bingham. Christian Bale returns to the western genre for the first time since the remake of 3.10 To Yuma in 2007. Hostiles also reunites him with director Scott Cooper, who put him through his paces in the gritty urban drama Out Of The Continue reading

THE PROMISE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Terry George Stars: Oscar Isaac, Christian Bale, Charlotte Le Bon, Marwan Kenzari, Shorheh Aghdashloo, James Cromwell, Jean Reno, Tom Hollander, Angela Sarafyan, Numan Acar, Igal Naor, Tamer Hassan. Political filmmaker Terry George delves into the mass murder of Armenian citizens in his new film The Promise. George wears his heart on his sleeve, and has tackled big subjects before, such as the issue of IRA hunger strikers in his 1996 drama Some Mother’s Sons and the 1994 mass genocide in Rwanda in his 2004 drama Hotel Rwanda. His Continue reading

KNIGHT OF CUPS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Terrence Malick Stars: Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman, Brian Dennehy, Wes Bentley, Teresa Palmer, Joe Mangianello, Imogen Poots, Joel Kinnaman, Nick Offerman, Antonio Banderas, Isabel Lucas, Ben Kingsley, Jason Clarke, Nicky Whelan. Once upon a time Terrence Malick was a revered filmmaker, especially after his first two films - the powerful Badlands and the visually beautiful Days Of Heaven. But lately he seems to have become more obtuse in his filmmaking, churning out soporific and dull psychological claptrap. Since Continue reading

EXODUS GODS AND KINGS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ridley Scott Stars: Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Aaron Paul, John Turturro, Sigourney Weaver, Ben Kinglsey, Ben Mendelsohn, Hiam Abbas, Indira Varma, Maria Valverde, Golshiftah Farahani. Here are a couple of new commandments for filmmakers - Thou shalt not remake a classic film, especially if you have nothing new or fresh to bring to the table. And thou shalt not make it in 3D. Following on from films like the Oscar winning Gladiator, Kingdom Of Heaven and his messy Robin Hood, prolific director Ridley Scott makes another huge Continue reading

THE FIGHTER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: David O Russell Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Melissa Leo. There have been many great movies about boxers, and what made them great was that they were not so much about the brutal sport itself but about the characters. Some have been based on real life characters (Raging Bull, Somebody Up There Likes Me, The Hurricane, etc), while others have been more emotionally engaging stories about underdogs triumphing against the odds or tragic figures (Million Dollar Baby, The Champ, Rocky, etc). A fine addition to this Continue reading