SUBURBICON

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: George Clooney Stars: Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, Oscar Isaac, Noah Jupe, Mickey D Cohen, Glenn Fleshler, Gary Basraba. Set in a neat, homogenous suburban neighbourhood, this deft mix of black comedy, film noir crime thriller and social commentary lays bare the darker underbelly of 50s America, exposing a seething hotbed of racism and violence. With its elements of infidelity, murder, insurance fraud and blackmail, Suburbicon is steeped in the tropes of the classic noir films of the 40s, particularly the likes of Double Indemnity Continue reading

BRIDGE OF SPIES

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Steven Spielberg Stars: Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Sebastian Koch, Will Rogers, Austin Stowell, Jesse Plemmons, Amy Ryan, Alan Alda, Peter McRobbie, Billy Magnussen, Michael Gaston, Dakin Matthews, Burghart Klaussner, Scott Shepherd. Based on true events, Steven Spielberg's 29th feature is a Cold War thriller ripped from the pages of history. Bridge Of Spies also marks the fourth collaboration between Spielberg and Tom Hanks, after the superb WWII drama Saving Private Ryan, the chase thriller Catch Me If You Can, and The Terminal. The pair Continue reading

INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Joel and Ethan Coen Stars: Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, Justin Timberlake, Jeanine Serralles, Ethan Phillips, Robin Barrett. This bittersweet and blackly funny film follows a week in the life of a down and out folk singer struggling to make his mark in the early 60s when folk was slowly taking over from jazz in the Greenwich Village coffee houses frequented by the intellectuals and college students. The film is loosely based on The Mayor Of MacDougal Street, the memoir of Dave Van Ronk, who was one of the founding figures Continue reading

TRUE GRIT

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Joel and Ethan Coen Stars: Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, Hailee Steinfeld, Barry Pepper. "Fill your hands with lead, you sons of bitches!" Rooster Cogburn, the ornery, tough-as-nails, drunken, one-eyed US marshal dispensing his own brand of justice in the wild west is arguably John Wayne’s most iconic role in a long career (and the one for which he won his only Oscar). The sight of him galloping across the plain, reins stuck in his mouth and both guns blazing away, is unforgettable. So it was natural to wonder what Continue reading