NORMAN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Joseph Cedar Stars: Richard Gere, Lior Ashkenzai, Steve Buscemi, Charlotte Gainsbourgh, Michael Sheen, Dan Stevens, Harris Yulin, Hanz Azaria, Josh Charles, Isaach de Bankole, Ann Dowd. Richard Gere finds one of his best roles in quite some time in this quirky Jewish comedy from filmmaker Joseph Cedar. Norman is the English language feature debut for Cedar, who gave us 2011’s Footnote, which explored the complicated relationship between a father and son team of Talmudic scholars. Cedar’s films are quintessentially Jewish in Continue reading

COLOSSAL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Nacho Vigalondo Stars: Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis, Tim Blake Nelson, Dan Stevens, Austin Stowell. Colossal is one bizarre film, and this low budget effort serves us a weird mash-up of sci-fi, Korean kaiju style monster movie, romantic comedy and domestic drama. Gloria (played by Anne Hathaway) is an insecure and self-destructive alcoholic on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Following her breakup with her increasingly frustrated career-obsessed boyfriend Tim (Dan Stevens) she moves away from New York and returns to her small Continue reading

THE GUEST

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Adam Wingard Stars: Dan Stevens, Maika Monroe, Leland Orser, Sheila Kelley, Brendon Meyer, Lance Riddick. Whenever I get the MIFF catalogue the first two sections I always check out are the NextGen sidebar and the late night horror offerings as part of the Night Shift, because they often feature some of the best and strongest films and often unearth an unexpected little gem. This year the Night Shift program yielded one of MIFF's guilty pleasures with The Guest, a tough and twisted action film with elements of horror that seems like a Continue reading

A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Scott Frank Stars: Liam Neeson, Dan Stevens, Brian Bradley, David Harbour, Adam David Thompson, Boyd Holbrook, Sebastian Roache, Mark Consuelo, Danielle Rose Russell. Of the four crime thrillers released in local cinemas this week, this dark, grim and gritty crime drama is easily the pick of the bunch. A Walk Among The Tombstones also sees Liam Neeson back in action hero mode, which should be more than enough to please those who enjoyed his reinvention through films like Taken and Nonstop. This dark, gritty thriller has been adapted Continue reading