ELLE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Paul Verhoeven Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Charles Berling, Laurent Lafitte, Anne Consigny, Christian Berkel, Jonas Bloquet, Alice Isaaz, Arthur Mazet, Lucas Prisor, Judith Magre. Dutch born filmmaker Paul Verhoeven carved out quite a niche for himself in Hollywood as a director of big budget sci-fi action films with cutting edge special effects (films like Total Recall and Starship Troopers), but he is also no stranger to controversy with films like his early Turkish Delight shocking audiences in the 70s. And he also made the erotic Continue reading

TRUMBO

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jay Roach Stars: Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane, Louis C K, Elle Fanning, Michael Stuhlbarg, John Goodman, Helen Mirren, David James Elliott, Alan Tudyk, Richard Portnow, Roger Bart, Sean Bridgers, Adewale Akinuoye-Agbaje, Stephen Root, Dean O'Gorman, Christian Berkel. The so-called McCarthy era and its communist witch hunts is one of the most shameful episodes of American political history in the twentieth century. There have been a few films that have looked at this dark era characterised by paranoia and suspicion, including The Front, Continue reading

THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E.

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Guy Ritchie Stars: Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander, Elizabeth Debecki, Hugh Grant, Jared Harris, Luca Calvani, Sylvester Groth, Christian Berkel. Created in the wake of the massive success of the Bond films, the popular television series The Man From U.N.C.L.E. which ran from 1964-1968, was just one of many such spy stories that grew out of the Cold War tensions of the era. It followed the exploits of agents Napoleon Solo (played by Robert Vaughn) and Illya Kuryakin (played by David McCallum) who tackled the nefarious plans Continue reading