SUSPIRIA

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Luca Guadagnino Stars: Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton, Chloe Moretz Grace, Mia Goth, Jessica Harper, Angela Winkler, Elena Fokina, Sylvie Testud, Ingrid Caven, Renee Soutendijk, Clementine Houdart. Not since Black Swan has the world of ballet been so sinister and laced with menace. Suspiria is set in Berlin, a divided city, in the 1970s. Susie Bannion (Dakota Johnson, from the Fifty Shades trilogy, etc) is an ambitious American ballet dancer who arrives in Berlin keen to win a spot at the prestigious Helena Markos Dance Academy. Continue reading

BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Drew Goddard Stars: Jeff Bridges, Jon Hamm, Chris Hemsworth, Cynthia Erivo, Dakota Johnson, Lewis Pullman, Cailee Spaeny, Nick Offerman, Shea Whigham, Xavier Dolan. The El Royale hotel straddles the border between California and Nevada, and guests can have a choice of staying in the California suites, which offer warmth or the Nevada rooms which seem to offer a bridge between the past and a brand-new future. It is 1969, the tail end of darker and turbulent period of American history with Richard Nixon in the White House. J Edgar Continue reading

FIFTY SHADES FREED

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: James Foley Stars: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Eric Johnson, Eloise Mumford, Rita Ora, Marcia Gay Harden, Bruce Altman, Luke Grimes, Victor Rusak, Max Martini, Jennifer Ehle, Callum Keith Rennie, Tyler Hoechlin, Arielle Kebbel. Fifty Shades Blander? One of the trashiest film trilogies in recent memory reaches its (ahem) climax with the dull and leaden final instalment of the franchise based on E L James’ best-selling erotic novels about a relationship based around consensual BD&SM. The Fifty Shades Continue reading

FIFTY SHADES DARKER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: James Foley Stars: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Eric Johnson, Bella Heathcote, Rita Ora, Victor Rasuk, Luke Grimes, Eloise Mumford, Kim Basinger, Marcia Gay Harden, Max Martini, Bruce Altman. The original Fifty Shades Of Grey was based on E L James’ trashy best seller about the torrid and kinky sexual relationship between a handsome billionaire businessman with a B&D fetish and a naïve publishing assistant. It gave us a bit of a tantalising glimpse into the subculture of S&M and B&D. It was controversial and heavily Continue reading

A BIGGER SPLASH

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Luca Guadagnino Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Dakota Johnson, Aurora Clement. An erotic psychological drama starring Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes and Dakota Johnson, A Bigger Splash is a loose remake of Jacques Deray's seductive 1969 film called La Picerne, which starred Alain Delon. Director Luca Guadagnino (better known for the gorgeous and visually sumptuous I Am Love) and writer David Kajganich (the dire Nicole Kidman sci-fi thriller The Invasion, etc) give the material a more contemporary flavour as they Continue reading