TOLKIEN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Dome Karukoski Stars: Nicholas Hoult, Lily Collins, Colm Meaney, Derek Jacobi, Tom Glynn-Carney, Anthony Boyle, Patrick Gibson, Harry Gilby, Craig Roberts, Laura Donnelly, Pam Ferris. One biopic to rule them all? This earnest biopic about John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, the author of The Hobbit and the sprawling epic and influential fantasy The Lord Of The Rings, gives some insights into the creative process but is also something of a pedestrian affair. Given the celebrated nature of his novels it is a little surprising to learn Continue reading

TOMB RAIDER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Roar Uthaug Stars: Alicia Vikander, Walton Goggins, Dominic West, Daniel Wu, Kristin Scott Thomas, Derek Jacobi, Nick Frost. Raider of the Lost Tomb? This is a reboot of the franchise based on the popular video game that launched an obvious attempt to create a female variation on the daring archaeologist Indiana Jones. The Tomb Raider series was first brought to the screen in 2001 with Oscar winner Angelina Jolie playing the kick-arse heroine Lara Croft. But it has been dormant since 2003’s disappointing sequel Cradle Of Life. Continue reading

CINDERELLA

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Kenneth Branagh Stars: Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden, Holliday Grainger, Sophie McShera, Derek Jacobi, Stellan Skarsgaard, Nonso Anozi, Helena Bonham Carter, Ben Chaplin, Hayley Atwell, Rob Brydon. This is a superb and visually stunning live action retelling of the classic and timeless fairy tale that has become one of Disney's most enduring and beloved animated films. But will this version stand the test of time like Disney's animated classic and still be fondly remembered when it is over 60 years old? There have been Continue reading

GRACE OF MONACO

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Olivier Dahan Stars: Nicole Kidman, Tim Roth, Frank Langella, Parker Posey, Paz Vega, Derek Jacobi, Andre Penvern, Milo Ventimiglia, Roger Ashton-Griffiths, Geraldine Somerville, Robert Lindsay, Nicholas Farrell. Nicole Kidman and Naomi Watts are two of our most talented actresses, but recently they have both found themselves starring in misguided biopics about beloved royal figures who died tragically young. For Watts it was the dire, critically maligned biopic Diana; but even though she didn't physically resemble Diana she made an Continue reading

HAMLET

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Kenneth Branagh Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Derek Jacobi, Julie Christie, Richard Briers, Michael Maloney, Nicholas Farrell, Kate Winslet, Charlton Heston, Jack Lemmon, Timothy Spall, Robin Williams, Richard Attenborough, Brian Blessed, Billy Crystal, Judi Dench, Gerard Depardieu, Reece Dinsdale, John Gielgud, Rosemary Harris, John Mills, Rufus Sewell Running Time: 240 minutes. The play is certainly the thing in writer/director Kenneth Branagh's bold and ambitious four hour adaptation of Shakespeare's most famous tragedy. Branagh uses Continue reading