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

SMALL TOWN KILLERS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ole Borendal Stars: Ulrich Thomsen, Nicolas BRo, Mia Lynne, Lene Maria Christensen, Soren Malling, Marcin Dorocinski, Gwen Taylor. Nordic noir has always been darker and more twisted than American or British crime stories which probably explains its popularity. Small Town Killers is the latest Nordic crime film to emerge from Denmark, and despite its rather nasty premise it deftly mixes black comedy with screwball elements and is something of an unexpected treat. Edward (Ulrich Thomsen, a regular in Continue reading

JOHN WICK 2

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Chad Stahelski Stars: Keanu Reeves, Riccardo Scamarcio, Ruby Rose, Common, Ian McShane, Lance Reddick, John Leguizamo, Claudia Gerini, Peter Stromare, Laurence Fishburne, Franco Nero, Bridget Moynahan, Thomas Sadoski. John Wick, the ultra-violent 2014 action flick that starred Keanu Reeves as a cool, taciturn, ruthlessly efficient and seemingly invincible assassin, was something of a guilty pleasure and a surprise hit at the box office. So now we get this sequel, which once again takes us into this shadowy world of assassins and Continue reading

CRIMSON PEAK

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Guillermo del Toro Stars: Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, Charlie Hunnam, Jim Beaver, Burn Gorham, Doug Jones, Leslie Hope, Jonathan Hyde, Bruce Gray. The latest film from Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth, etc), Crimson Peak is a macabre Victorian style Gothic romance with ghosts, murder, madness and a dose of incest thrown in for good measure. His fantasies (like Pacific Rim and Hellboy) have always been more lurid, whereas Crimson Peak is more atmospheric and old fashioned in its approach. Del Tor and his regular Continue reading