EVEREST

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Baltasar Kormakur Stars: Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, Jake Gyllenhaal, John Hawkes, Emily Watson, Martin Henderson, Sam Worthington, Michael Kelly, Kiera Knightley, Robin Wright, Elizabeth Debecki, Thomas M Wright, Naoko Mori. I've never particularly been interested in climbing a mountain, and after seeing this dramatic feature about a tragic attempt to climb Mt Everest in 1996, I have even less interest. Although paradoxically many who watch the film may somehow be inspired to take up the challenge. Since Edmund Hillary conquered Mt Continue reading

A ROYAL NIGHT OUT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Julian Jarrold Stars: Sarah Gadon, Bel Powell, Rupert Everett, Emily Watson, Jack Reynor, Jack Laskey, Jack Gordon, Roger Allam. Based loosely on fact, A Royal Night Out is a light weight and frothy romp and has something of an old fashioned feel. This is a film that could have been made by Ealing Studios in their heyday. And its release has been perfectly timed to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII, which should add some further curiosity value. On May 8, 1945, VE Day, the royal princesses Elizabeth and Margaret 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

THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: James Marsh Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, David Thewlis, Harry Lloyd, Charlie Cox, Emily Watson, Simon McBurney, Enzo Cilenti, Maxine Peake. This biopic looks at the extraordinary life of iconic astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who was, at the age of 21, diagnosed with the terminal amyotrophic lateral sclerosis - the fatal degenerative motor neurone disease (aka Lou Gehrig's disease) - and given only two years to live. But Hawking had a determination and a never say die attitude, and was determined to prove much in the short time Continue reading

THE BOOK THIEF

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Brian Percival Stars: Emily Watson, Geoffrey Rush, Sophie Nelisse, Barbara Auer, Nico Liersch, Ben Schnetzer. The Book Thief is based on the best selling and acclaimed novel written by Australian author Markus Zusak, and like the superb The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas, it looks at the horrors of war from a child's perspective, which makes it both powerful and somehow more unsettling. On the eve of WWII, illiterate nine-year old Liesel (newcomer Sophie Nelisse, who made her film debut in Monsieur Lazhar) is sent to live with her foster Continue reading