SERENA

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Susanne Bier Stars: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Rhys Ifans, Toby Jones, Sean Harris, David Dencik, Ana Ularu, Sam Reid. This downbeat and nihilistic depression era drama is set in a logging camp in North Carolina during the height of the Depression. Despite the dangerous nature of the work there are lots of people looking for work. The camp belongs to George Pemberton (played by Bradley Cooper), who is keen to expand his timber empire and eventually hopes to open up a new logging company in Brazil. Pemberton's logging business is Continue reading

THE BEAVER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jodie Foster Stars: Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, Anton Yelchin, Riley Thomas Stewart, Jennifer Lawrence. There have been a number of films dealing with the issue of depression and mental breakdowns, but The Beaver is a challenging film that takes an unusual and bizarre route, and makes for uncomfortable viewing. Jodie Foster’s films as a director (Little Man Tate and 1995’s more comedic and lightweight Home For The Holidays) are shaped by psychological insights into dysfunctional characters and family situations. Her first film as a Continue reading