THE SNOWMAN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Tomas Alfredson Stars: Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson, Charlotte Gainsbourg, J K Simmons, Val Kilmer, Toby Jones, Michael Yates, David Dencik, Jonas Karlsson, James D'Arcy, Jakob Oftebro, Adrian Dunbar, Chloe Sevigny, Ronan Vibert, Genevieve O'Reilly.   Nordic noir tends to be darker and bleaker than your typical Hollywood crime thriller, probably because they spend so much time in the dark, with long, bleak winter months. But unfortunately, The Snowman is a lesser example of the genre. This subpar thriller is based Continue reading

THE HOMESMAN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Tommy Lee Jones Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Hilary Swank, Grace Gummer, Miranda Otto, Sonja Richter, John Lithgow, David Dencik, Jesse Plemons, William Fichtner, Tim Blake Nelson, James Spader, Meryl Streep, Jo Harvey Allen, Barry Corbin, Hailee Steinfeld. A solemn tale of redemption and second chances The Homesman is not your typical western. With its slow, languid pace, emotional depth and lack of action, this revisionist western subverts the genre tropes of your average John Wayne or Clint Eastwood shoot 'em' up into something a bit more Continue reading

KIDNAPPING MR HEINEKEN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Daniel Alfredson Stars: Jim Sturgess, Sam Worthington, Ryan Kwanten, Anthony Hopkins, David Dencik, Mark van Eeuwen, Thomas Cocquerel. In 1983, five financially strapped businessmen and friends kidnapped Alfred "Freddy" Heineken, the Dutch brewing tycoon and held him for ransom. At the time, the $21 million ransom was the highest ever paid for an individual. To help finance their kidnapping though the five men first robbed a bank in a daring daylight robbery. They constructed a couple of soundproof chambers at the back of a Continue reading

TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY

  Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Tomas Alfredson Stars: Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Mark Strong, John Hurt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hardy, Toby Jones, Ciaran Hinds, David Dencik. Novelist John Le Carre was previously an agent with Britain’s MI6, and he drew upon his experience to bring a touch of realism to his gritty spy novels. They were far removed from the world of Bond – no exotic locations, buxom women, lots of chases, action, and a megalomaniacal villain intent on conquering the world. Rather his spies are world weary, cynical bureaucrats Continue reading