FREE FIRE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ben Wheatley Stars: Cillian Murphy, Sharlto Copley, Armie Hammer, Brie Larson, Michael Smiley, Sam Riley, Jack Reynor, Noah Taylor, Enzo Cilenti, Babou Ceesay, Patrick Bergin. While certainly ambitious in endeavour, the setup for Free Fire is simplicity itself. Boston 1978. Two groups meet in a deserted dockside warehouse to conduct a deal to buy guns. On one side of the deal are Irishmen Chris (Cillian Murphy, from Peaky Blinders, etc) and Frank (Michael Smiley), and on the other side a gang led by the dapper Vernon (South Continue reading

BRIDGET JONES’S BABY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Sharon Maguire Stars: Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth, Patrick Dempsey, Emma Thompson, Sarah Solemani, Jim Broadbent, Gemma Jones, Shirley Henderson, Neil Pearson, Sally Phillips, Patrick Malahide, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Ed Sheeran, Enzo Cilenti, Celia Imrie. In 1995 author Helen Fielding created the character of Bridget Jones, a thirty something single professional woman living in London, for a column in London's Independent newspaper. Bridget Jones was an iconic character for single women, and the character became so popular that 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 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