FIRST MAN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Damien Chazelle Stars: Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler, Pablo Schreiber, Christopher Abbott, Ethan Embry, Patrick Fugit, Olivia Hamilton, Ciaran Hinds, Corey Stoll, Shea Whigham, Lukas Haas. Oscar winning filmmaker Damien Chazelle has quite a resume to his credit. He who gave us the superb drama Whiplash, which was my top film of 2014. He followed that with La La Land, a colourful and kitsch homage to the old Hollywood musicals of yesteryear, but I was not quite as enamoured with it as many other critics seemed Continue reading

RED SPARROW

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Francis Lawrence Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Matthias Shoenaerts, Charlotte Rampling, Jeremy Irons, Ciaran Hinds, Joely Richardson, Bill Camp, Mary-Louise Parker, Douglas Hodge, Sergei Polunin, Thekla Reuten. A violent and brutal spy thriller, Red Sparrow follows quickly on the heels of last year’s tough Atomic Blonde, and serves up another strong female centric spy story. But there’s also a touch of Luc Besson’s La Femme Nikita to Red Sparrow. The violence here is brutal almost Continue reading

JUSTICE LEAGUE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Zack Snyder Stars: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Ciaran Hinds, Jeremy Irons, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, J K Simmons, Joe Morton, Connie Nielsen, Amber Heard, Billy Crudup, David Thewlis. While Marvel tends to dominate the cinematic superhero and comic book market at the moment, DC comics are attempting to make inroads with their take on setting up their own DC Cinematic Universe. Unfortunately, their first film, Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, was a rather grim and dour affair that Continue reading

SILENCE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Martin Scorsese Stars: Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson, Ciaran Hinds, Issei Ogata, Yosuke Kubozuka, Tadanobu Asano, Yoshi Oida. The Passion Of Scorsese? Religion and questions of faith, belief, sin, redemption and the human condition have been consistent themes in the films of Oscar winning director Martin Scorsese, particularly in his The Last Temptation Of Christ and his Kundun. And those themes are again front and centre in his latest film Silence, which is something of a passion project for Scorsese. The film is Continue reading

TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY

  Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Tomas Alfredson Stars: Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Mark Strong, John Hurt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hardy, Toby Jones, Ciaran Hinds, David Dencik. Novelist John Le Carre was previously an agent with Britain’s MI6, and he drew upon his experience to bring a touch of realism to his gritty spy novels. They were far removed from the world of Bond – no exotic locations, buxom women, lots of chases, action, and a megalomaniacal villain intent on conquering the world. Rather his spies are world weary, cynical bureaucrats Continue reading