THE SEAGULL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Michael Mayer Stars: Annette Bening, Corey Stoll, Saoirse Ronan, Billy Howle, Brian Dennehy, Elisabeth Moss, Mare Winningham, Jon Tenney, Glenn Fleshler, Michael Zegen. The Seagull is a new adaptation of the classic tragicomedy from Russian playwright Anton Chekhov, which was written in 1896, and was the first of his great dramas. When it was first performed in Moscow the play was critically maligned and was a deemed a critical failure and a major flop that almost saw Chekhov give up his writing career. This rather staid adaptation 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

HIGH-RISE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ben Wheatley Stars: Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, Luke Walker, Elisabeth Moss, James Purefoy, Bill Paterson, Keeley Hawes, Sienna Guillory, Peter Fernando, Enzo Cilenti. J G Ballard's prescient dystopian 1975 novel High-Rise was a bleak allegory for the class warfare and decline of civilization and the breakdown of society. Ballard wrote the novel in the 70s during a period of tumultuous upheaval in the social fabric of Britain before the economic downturn and rampant unionism drove Thatcher's conservatives into Continue reading

THE ONE I LOVE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Charlie McDowell Stars: Mark Duplass, Elisabeth Moss, Ted Danson. Mark Duplass is one of the darlings of the American independent film scene and one of the key figures of the whole so-called mumblecore scene, and his low budget films like Hump Day, Your Sister's Sister, Safety Not Guaranteed, etc, have found their niche with festival audiences. Marriages in crisis has been a consistent theme in many movies released this year, but The One I Love certainly puts a unique spin on the familiar theme that has underpinned lightweight numerous Continue reading