WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Olivia Newman Stars: Daisy Edgar Jones, David Strathairn, Harris Dickinson, Taylor John Smith, Jojo Regina, Sterling Macer jr, Garret Dillahunt, Michael Hyatt, Bill Kelly, Ahna O'Reilly. This film adaptation of Delia Owens’ bestselling 2018 novel is part murder mystery, part courtroom drama and part coming of age melodrama. It is a bit like To Kill A Mockingbird for the millennial generation. Fans of the novel will not be disappointed in this lush and handsomely mounted production as Lucy Alibar’s script remains faithful to the Continue reading

DARKEST HOUR

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Joe Wright Stars: Gary Oldman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Lily James, Ben Mendelsohn, Ronald Pickup, Stephen Dillane, Samuel West, Adrian Rawlings, David Strathairn. Joe Wright’s Darkest Hour is the second high profile film this year to explore the controversial war time record of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who has been regarded as one of the greatest Britons ever in history. We first saw Brian Cox play him in Churchill, which was set around the lead up to the D-Day invasion of France, in which Churchill was consumed by Continue reading

THE SECOND BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: John Madden Stars: Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Dev Patel, Bill Nighy, Richard Gere, Ronald Pickup, Penelope Wilton, Celia Imrie, Tamsin Greig, Tena Desae, Lillet Dubey, David Strathairn, Diana Hardcastle, Shazad Latif. Is this the most ironically apt film title of the year? The original and life affirming Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was one of the surprise hits of 2012, so it's not surprising that the producers have had a second bite at the cherry with this obligatory sequel. But the film suffers from the usual fate of most Continue reading

THE TEMPEST

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Julie Taymor Stars: Helen Mirren, Ben Whishaw, Felicity Jones, Djimon Hounsou, Alfred Molina, Russell Brand, Chris Cooper, David Strathairn, Tom Conti, Reeve Carney. Julie Taymor has a formidable reputation amongst theatre directors, particularly for her work on the live action Broadway adaptation of Disney’s The Lion King. Even her few forays into film have been imaginative and bold works. Her treatment of Titus, one of the most bloody of Shakespeare’s plays, was powerful and engrossing, and the musical drama Across The Universe Continue reading

HOWL

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Freidman Stars: James Franco, David Strathairn, Mary Louise-Parker, Treat Williams, Jeff Daniels, Jon Hamm, Bob Balaban. "I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness." Allen Ginsberg was one of the most famous and revered poets of the 20th century, and one of the most iconic writers of the so-called "Beat Generation," who were rebelling against the hypocrisy and the conservative nature of 1950s America. In 1957, his seminal poem Howl and its publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti were put on trial Continue reading