THE SHAPE OF WATER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Guillermo del Toro Stars: Sally Hawking, Michael Shannon, Octavia Spencer, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg, Nick Searcy, David Hewlett. The Shape Of Water is a bold and surprisingly moving mash up of science fiction, 50s and 60s creature feature, fantasy, cold war thriller, beguiling romance, politics, science, prejudice, forbidden love and sexual identity. It is visionary Mexican born filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro’s best film since 2006’s Pan’s Labyrinth. However, a healthy suspension of Continue reading

ATOMIC BLONDE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: David Leitch Stars: Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, Toby Jones, John Goodman, Eddie Marsan, James Faulkner, Til SChweiger, Barbara Sukowa, Sophia Boutella, Roland Moller, Bill Skarsgard, Martin Angerbauer. Berlin 1989. The Cold War is in its death throes, and the Berlin Wall, the symbol of the Cold War that has divided East and West for three decades, is about to be torn down. Into this tense period of history comes Lorraine Broughton (Charlize Theron), a British agent who has come to Berlin to investigate the murder of a fellow agent Continue reading

BRIDGE OF SPIES

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Steven Spielberg Stars: Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Sebastian Koch, Will Rogers, Austin Stowell, Jesse Plemmons, Amy Ryan, Alan Alda, Peter McRobbie, Billy Magnussen, Michael Gaston, Dakin Matthews, Burghart Klaussner, Scott Shepherd. Based on true events, Steven Spielberg's 29th feature is a Cold War thriller ripped from the pages of history. Bridge Of Spies also marks the fourth collaboration between Spielberg and Tom Hanks, after the superb WWII drama Saving Private Ryan, the chase thriller Catch Me If You Can, and The Terminal. The pair 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