AFTER YANG

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Kogonada Stars: Colin Farrell, Jodie Turner-Smith, Justin H Min, Malea Emma Tjandrawidjaj, Orlagh Cassidy, Sarita Choudhury, Clifton Collins jr, Haley Lu Richardson. The sophomore feature for filmmaker Kogonada (Columbus), this low key science fiction drama deals with universal themes of death, loss, grief, identity, connections, alienation, the loss of innocence, the memories and emotions that make us human, and also the role of technology in our lives.   The film is set in a not too distant future. Jake (Colin Farrell) runs Continue reading

THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Yorgos Lanthimos Stars: Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Barry Keoghan, Alicia Silverstone, Bill Camp, Raffey Cassidy, Sunny Suljic, Racahel McAdams. More weirdness from idiosyncratic Greek auteur Yorgos Lanthimos, who recently gave us the absurdist, dystopian social critique The Lobster. His films do well on the festival circuit, but have also increasingly found support from filmgoers interested in more challenging fare. With their second English language film, Lanthimos and his regular screenwriter Continue reading

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

FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: David Yates Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Subol, Ezra Miller, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton, Jon Voight, Zoe Kravitz, Ron Perlman, Carmen Ejogo, Ronan Raftery, Johnny Depp. With the lucrative Harry Potter franchise done and dusted, author J K Rowling has expanded on her Potterverse with this stand alone tale set some seven decades before the adventures of the boy wizard. Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them serves as the launching pad for a new post-Potter franchise set against the world of Continue reading

THE LOBSTER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Yorgos Lanthimos Stars: Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Lea Seydoux, John C Reilly, Ben Whishaw, Roger Ashton-Griffiths, Jessica Barden, Angeliki Papoulia, Michael Smiley. The films of Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth, etc) are strange, off beat, enigmatic, unsettling, confronting, and often hard to fathom, and have divided audiences. The Lobster, his first English language feature film, is no exception, and will probably go down as one of the weirdest films to hit screens this year. It won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Continue reading