THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Lasse Hallstrom, Joe Johnston Stars: Mackenzie Foy, Keira Knightley, Helen Mirren, Matthew MacFadyen, Richard E Grant, Eugenio Derbez, Morgan Freeman, Jayden Fowora-Knight, Ellie Bamber, Misty Copeland, Sergei Polunin. Originally choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov with a score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, and premiering in 1892, The Nutcracker is one of the most popular ballets of all time. The libretto for the ballet was adapted from E T A Hoffmann’s story The Nutcracker And The Mouse King. Now Disney has brought The Continue reading

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Bill Condon Stars: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellan, Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Audra McDonald, Nathan Mack, Hattie Morahan. Disney seem intent on remaking their back catalogue of classic animated films into live action films, combining the familiar stories with state of the art special effects to bring them to a brand-new generation. We have had 101 Dalmatians, Cinderella, Alice In Wonderland, The Jungle Book and Pete’s Dragon, which have all been Continue reading

PETE’S DRAGON

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: David Lowery Stars: Bryce Dallas Howard, Wes Bentley, Karl Urban, Robert Redford, Oakes Fegley, Oona Laurence, Isiah Whitlock jr, Marcus Henderson. Disney seem intent on remaking live action versions of their back catalogue of animated classics, and we've had the likes of The Jungle Book, Alice In Wonderland, Cinderella and even Beauty And The Beast undergo this treatment. For the most part they have been very successful and put a new spin on familiar stories. And now we get this live action treatment of the forgettable and 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

ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD VERY BAD DAY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Miguel Arteta Stars: Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Ed Oxenbould, Dylan Minnette, Kerris Dowsey, Jennifer Coolidge, Megan, Bella Thorne, Sidney Fullmer, Mekai Curtis, Megan Mullally, Lincoln Melcher, Dick Van Dyke. In the same vein as the Diary Of A Wimpy Kid series, comes this family friendly film from Disney, which is based on a popular children's book, written by Judith Viorst in 1972. It has taken nearly four decades to bring the picture book to the screen, but first time script writer Rob Lieber has done a good job of updating the Continue reading