THE FAVOURITE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Yorgos Lanthimos Stars: Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz, Emma Stone, Nicholas Houkt, Joe Alwyn, Mark Gatiss, Jennifer White, James Smith. With films like The Lobster and The Killing Of A Sacred Deer to his credit, idiosyncratic Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos has become something of a critic’s favourite and a darling of the art house circuit. But his latest film, the arch and blackly comedic period piece/costume drama The Favourite is something of a change of pace, his most ambitious film to date, and, arguably, his most Continue reading

BATTLE OF THE SEXES

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. Stars: Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Andrea Riseborough, Sarah Silverman, Bill Pullman, Alan Cumming, Elisabeth Shue, Austin Stowell, Natalie Morales, Jessica Mcnamee, Fred Armisen, Lewis Pullman, Martha MacIsaac, Mickey Sumner, Bridey Elliott, Eric Christian Olsen, Wallace Langham, Matt Malloy. In 1973, former Wimbledon champion and first-rate serial tennis hustler, gambling addict and sexist braggard Bobby Riggs played women's champion Billie Jean King in a spectacular Continue reading

LA LA LAND

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Damien Chazelle Stars: Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, J K Simmons, Tom Everett Scott. The new film from director Damien Chazelle (the superb Whiplash) is a charming and ambitious take on the old fashioned technicolour Hollywood musical and it harks back to those classic musicals of the 50s and 60s, a bygone era of glamour and romance. The film is inspired by the likes of Jacques Remy's classic The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg and Stanley Donen's Singin' In The Rain, and is steeped in nostalgia. There are numerous in-jokes about Hollywood and Continue reading

IRRATIONAL MAN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Woody Allen Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Emma Stone, Parker Posey, Jamie Blackley. Even as he nears 80, Woody Allen continues to churn out a one film a year on average and shows little sign on slowing down. But with such a prolific output it is inevitable that he would sometimes repeat themes and ideas. Irrational Man is his 46th film and it explores themes of murder and morality, concepts which he also dealt with in the superior Crimes And Misdemeanors and the lesser Match Point. Irrational Man is less of a comedy and more of a drama about Continue reading

ALOHA

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Cameron Crowe Stars: Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, Bill Murray, Joh Krasinski, Danny McBride, Alec Baldwin, Jaeden Lieberher, Bill Camp, Danielle Rose Russell. Former Rolling Stone journalist turned filmmaker Cameron Crowe has made a handful of great films in his career, including the charming Say Anything, the semi-autobiographical Almost Famous, and Jerry Maguire with a cocky Tom Cruise. But his latest film is another misstep in his career, and follows the box office flops that were Vanilla Sky and Elizabethtown. Aloha Continue reading