ATOMIC BLONDE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: David Leitch Stars: Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, Toby Jones, John Goodman, Eddie Marsan, James Faulkner, Til SChweiger, Barbara Sukowa, Sophia Boutella, Roland Moller, Bill Skarsgard, Martin Angerbauer. Berlin 1989. The Cold War is in its death throes, and the Berlin Wall, the symbol of the Cold War that has divided East and West for three decades, is about to be torn down. Into this tense period of history comes Lorraine Broughton (Charlize Theron), a British agent who has come to Berlin to investigate the murder of a fellow agent Continue reading

THEIR FINEST

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Lone Scherfig Stars: Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin. Bill Nighy, Jack Huston, Jake Lacy, Eddie Marsan, Halen McCrory, Jeremy Irons, Richard E Grant, Henry Goodman, Hubert Burton, Claudie Jeesie, Stephanie Hyam. This thoroughly enjoyable WWII drama is set in London at the height of the Blitz. The Ministry of Information and the War Office want to make a propaganda film to keep the people’s morale and spirits up. Just as important though is sending a strong message to the Americans that the British are still in the fight for the long Continue reading

CONCUSSION

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Peter Landesman Stars: Will Smith, Albert Brooks, Alec Baldwin, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Eddie Marsan, David Morse, Paul Reiser, Arliss Howard, Luke Wilson, Mike O'Malley, Hill Harper, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Stephen Moyer, Richard T Jones, Sara Lindsey. There was an irony in the fact that we were watching a media preview of Concussion while the Superbowl was being televised throughout bars in the city. The fact based drama Concussion is highly critical of the all powerful NFL and its attempts to cover up the long term degenerative brain Continue reading

X + Y

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Morgan Matthews Stars: Asa Butterfield, Sally Hawkins, Rafe Spall, Eddie Marsan, Martin McCann, Jo Yang. This moving drama about an autistic teenage maths prodigy is something of a cross between A Beautiful Mind, The Big Bang Theory and an adolescent RainMan. The film itself has been based on director Morgan Matthews' own 2007 documentary Beautiful Young Minds, which looked at the prestigious International Mathematics Olympiad, an international competition that brings together the best and brightest from around the world. This is a Continue reading

VERA DRAKE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Mike Leigh Stars: Imelda Staunton, Phil Drake, Peter Wright, Heather Craney, Adrian Scarborough, Daniel Mays, Alex Kelly, Sally Hawkins, Eddie Marsan, Ruth Sheen. Mike Leigh returns to the socially realistic dramas with which he is synonymous with Vera Drake, a bleak and emotionally devastating drama about abortion, that is also one of his best films for quite some time. Set in the austere post-war period of 1950's London, the film centres around the diminutive Vera Drake (Imelda Staunton), a kindly and bustling cleaning lady Continue reading