THE MUMMY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Alex Kurtzman Stars: Tom Cruise, Russell Crowe, Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson, Sofia Boutella, Courtney B Vance, Marwan Kenzai. Universal has launched a brand new franchise under the umbrella of Dark Universe, in which the studio plans to remake all of those classic monster movies from their vaults, like Dracula, Frankenstein, the Wolfman. Most of those monster movies from the 30s seem a little dated now, and the studio plans to drag them into the 21st century through CGI and modern cinema technology. The first film in this Continue reading

INFERNO

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ron Howard Stars: Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones, Ben Foster, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Omar Sy, Irrfan Khan, Xavier Laurent, Ana Ulara, Ida Darvish. Inferno is the third film adapted from the series of novels written by Dan Brown featuring the religious symbologist Robert Langdon (played by Tom Hanks). A symbologist is the type of arcane profession that only exists within the cloistered world of academia or the pages of thriller novels. Although the second novel in the series, it was the bestselling The Da Vinci Code, which has sold Continue reading

MORTDECAI

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: David Koepp Stars: Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow, Paul Bettany, Ewan McGregor, Olivia Munn, Jonny Pasvolsky, Jeff Goldblum, Michael Culkin, Ulrich Thomsen, Guy Burnet, Paul Whitehouse. Based on a 1973 novel Don't Point That Thing At Me, written by the late Kyril Bonfiglioli, the underwhelming Mortdecai is a flat and laboured comedy caper film that produces yet another dud for Johnny Depp. Once a respected character actor who brought to life some eccentric and troubled characters, in recent years Depp seems to have become a Continue reading

JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Kenneth Branagh Stars: Chris Pine, Kevin Costner, Keira Knightley, Kenneth Branagh. Chris Pine is obviously the go-to guy at the moment for filmmakers planning on rebooting lucrative franchises. Having previously played Captain Kirk in J J Abrams' reboot of the Star Trek franchise, Pine now tackles Tom Clancy's heroic CIA analyst Jack Ryan. Pine follows in the footsteps of Alec Baldwin who played Ryan in The Hunt For Red October, Harrison Ford who played him in Patriot Games and Clear And Present Danger, and Ben Affleck who starred in Continue reading

THE LOST WORLD

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Steven Spielberg Stars: Jeff Goldblum, Julianne Moore, Pete Postlethwaite, Vince Vaughn, Arliss Howard, Richard Attenborough, Vanessa Lee Chester, Peter Stormare, Richard Schiff, Harvey Jason, Thomas F Duffy, Joseph Mazzello, Arian Richards Running Time: 134 minutes. Steven Spielberg's sequel to Jurassic Park, officially the biggest grossing film in history, is the most eagerly anticipated film of the year, and The Lost World doesn't disappoint. Spielberg's first film in three years, The Lost World is an equal rather than a Continue reading