VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Luc Besson Stars: Dane De Haan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen, Herbie Hancock, Rutger Hauer, Louis Leterrier, Olivier Megaton, Rihanna, Ethan Hawke, Kris Wu, Sam Spruell, Alain Chabat, voices of Elizabeth Debicki, John Goodman. Twenty years after he gave us The Fifth Element, director Luc Besson returns to the futuristic sci-fi genre with this flawed special-effects heavy space opera that plays out on a grander and visually epic canvas. Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets is based on the Continue reading

WORDS AND PICTURES

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Fred Schepisi Stars: Clive Owen, Juliette Binoche, Bruce Davison, Navid Negahban, Amy Brennerman, Adam Di Marco, Valerie Tian, Christian Scheider, Josh Ssettuba, Janet Kidder. Australian director Fred Schepisi has carved out a career with films that value substance and character over special effects and big action sequences, films like The Eye Of The Storm, a literate adaptation of Patrick White's novel; Six Degrees Of Separation, based on John Ruane's acclaimed play; etc. His latest film is Words And Pictures, based on a script from Continue reading

CLOSER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Mike Nichols Stars: Jude Law, Julia Roberts, Clive Owen, Natalie Portman. In some of his best films, Oscar winning director Mike Nichols has often been drawn to explorations of sex and disintegrating relationships (Carnal Knowledge, The Graduate, etc). His films often feature crackling dialogue, biting humour, barbed exchanges, rich performances, and an arch sensibility that sometimes makes for uncomfortable viewing. In some ways, his faithful adaptation of Patrick Marber's acclaimed drama Closer harks back to vintage Continue reading