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

THE SQUARE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ruben Ostlund Stars: Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss, Dominic West, Terry Notary. Christian (played by Danish actor Claes Bang, from tv series like Borgen, The Bridge, etc) is the respected curator of the fictitious Stockholm X-Royal Museum. He is planning an ambitious installation project based around the theme of altruism and human boundaries. The centrepiece of the installation is the creation of a square in the courtyard of the museum, which supposed to be a lofty symbol meant to represent the social contact, a sanctuary of trust Continue reading

MONEY MONSTER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jodie Foster Stars: George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Jack O'Connell, Caitriona Balfe, Giancarlo Esposito, Dominic West, Dennis Boutsikaris, Christopher Denham, Lenny Venito, Chris Bauer, Emily Meade, Aaron Yoo. This thriller about an unusual hostage situation is a sort of Dog Day Afternoon for the post GFC crowd. It also plays to our own innate suspicion and distrust of financiers, bankers and corporate executives who deal in hundreds of millions of dollars from investors, both large and small, but who are rarely held accountable when it Continue reading

TESTAMENT OF YOUTH

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: James Kent Stars: Alicia Vikander, Dominic West, Emily Watson, Kit Harington, Taron Egerton, Colin Morgan, Miranda Richardson, Hayley Atwell, Henry Garrett. Vera Brittain is one of the foremost figures of the pacifist movement of the twentieth century. Her views on the horrors of war and the waste of a generation of young men were formed and shaped by her experiences as a nurse at the front during some of the bloody battles of WWI. Her outspoken views though were not always readily welcomed by a public clamouring for retribution and Continue reading

PRIDE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Matthew Warchus Stars: Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West, Paddy Considine, Andrew Scott, Ben Schnetzer, George MacKay, Joseph Gilgun, Faye Marsay, Freddie Fox, Lisa Palfrey, Jessica Gunning, Menna Trussler. Politics often makes for strange bedfellows, and so it is with this true story about two opposite communities drawn together by a common cause and a struggle against injustice an bullying. The crippling miners strike in Britain in 1984, brought about as a result of Thatcher's closure of the pits, produced a reluctant alliance Continue reading