THE BEGUILED

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Sophia Coppola Stars: Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Colin Farrell, Elle Fanning, Angourie Rice, Oona Laurence, Addison Riecke, Emma Howard. For her sixth feature film, Sophia Coppola (Lost In Translation, etc) remakes the 1971 southern gothic western that was directed by Don Siegel and starred Clint Eastwood, who had achieved international fame and success in the Sergio Leone directed spaghetti western trilogy. Based on Thomas Cullinan’s 1966 novel The Painted Devil, The Beguiled was the third of five films that the pair Continue reading

HALF OF A YELLOW SUN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Biyi Bandele Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton, Anika Noni Rose, Joseph Mawle, John Boyenge. There have been many fine films about the birth of a nation, forged in fire and blood. But, unfortunately, this rather lacklustre, dull and laboured tale is not one of them. Based on the award winning novel by Nigerian author Chiumamanda Ngozi Adichise, Half Of A Yellow Sun is set against the backdrop of Nigeria as it achieved its independence from Britain. The sun was setting on the British Empire, especially as its influence in Africa Continue reading