MARY SHELLEY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Haifa al-Mansou Stars: Elle Fanning, Douglas Booth, Bel Powley, Stephen Dillane, Maisie Williams, Tom Sturridge, Ben Hardy, Joanne Froggatt, Hugh O'Connor. Mary Shelley Unbound? Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley is the rebellious teen and author of the celebrated Gothic classic novel Frankenstein: A Modern Prometheus, the story of an egotistical scientist who creates life and pays a terrible price for his hubris. Her novel has influenced horror and science fiction authors for the best part of two centuries. She also brought a Continue reading

LOVING VINCENT

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman Stars: Voices of Chris O'Dowd, Douglas Booth, Robert Gulaczyk, Cezary Lukaszewicz, John Sessions, Jerome Flynn, Aidan Turner, Eleanor Thomlinson, Saoirse Ronan, Helen McCrory, Robin Hodges. Vincent Van Gogh was a reclusive, enigmatic artist and complex, emotionally troubled character who suffered from depression and bouts of mental illness - after all, he did cut off his own ear - and he committed suicide in 1890. He came to painting late, but in a prolific period of creativity he painted some Continue reading

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Burr Steers Stars: Lily James, Sam Riley, Douglas Booth, Jack Huston, Bella Heathcoate, Suki Waterhouse, Ellie Bamber, Millie Brady, Charles Dance, Matt Smith, Sally Phillips, Emma Greenwell, Eva Bell. Jane Austen is probably rolling over in her frilly lace bonnet and hooped skirts at the thought of what Hollywood has done to her classic tale of romance, manners, marriage and class in Edwardian England. As the title suggests, Pride And Prejudice And Zombies takes Austen's source material and injects healthy doses of zombies into the mix. Continue reading

JUPITER ASCENDING

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: The Wachowskis Stars: Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum, Eddie Redmayne, Sean Bean, Douglas Booth, Tuppence Middleton, Kick Gurry, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Doona Bae. I really liked the Wachowski's first film Bound; it was a tight and stylishly made erotic thriller shot on a low budget. Since then though Andy and Lana (formerly Larry) Wachowski seem to have embraced science fiction themes with a vengeance and become obsessed with spectacular visuals and CGI effects to bring their original and ambitiously surreal vision to the Continue reading