THE GREATEST SHOWMAN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Michael Gracey Stars: Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Keala Settle, Sam Humphrey, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Ellis Rubin, Skylar Dunn, Paul Sparks, Byron Jennings. Hugh Jackman dances and sings up a storm in this musical biopic about American showman Phineas Taylor Barnum (1810-1891), a pioneer and visionary entrepreneur and creator of the circus as we know it. Barnum’s first venture into show business was a wax museum he created in a warehouse in New York. Always trying to go bigger, he then Continue reading

MONSIEUR CHOCOLAT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Roshcdy Zem Stars: Omar Sy, James Thieree, Clotilde Hesme, Olivier Gourmet, Noemie Lvovsky, Frederic Pierrot, Alice de Lencquesaing, Alec Pesces. A hit at the recent French Film Festival, this entertaining and lavish low budget film from France is an exploration of the origins of comedy. In the late nineteenth century, vaudeville and the circus were the pioneers of physical comedy. This biopic charts the rise and fall of Rafael Padilla (played here by Omar Sy, from The Intouchables, etc), a former slave from Cuba who was the Continue reading