MAUDIE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Aisling Walsh Stars: Sally Hawkins, Ethan Hawke, Kari Matchett, Gabrielle Rose, Zachary Bennett, Billy MacLennan, Lawrence Barry. Most biopics of artists depict them as troubled, flawed characters suffering for their art and dealing with their own obsessions and insecurities and personal demons. Maudie is no different as it gives us a touching portrait of Maude Lewis, who was born in Nova Scotia in 1905, and, despite suffering from a debilitating illness, became one of Canada's most beloved folk artists. Maude (played here by Continue reading

VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Luc Besson Stars: Dane De Haan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen, Herbie Hancock, Rutger Hauer, Louis Leterrier, Olivier Megaton, Rihanna, Ethan Hawke, Kris Wu, Sam Spruell, Alain Chabat, voices of Elizabeth Debicki, John Goodman. Twenty years after he gave us The Fifth Element, director Luc Besson returns to the futuristic sci-fi genre with this flawed special-effects heavy space opera that plays out on a grander and visually epic canvas. Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets is based on the Continue reading

THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Antoine Fuqua Stars: Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio, Peter Sarsgaard, Haley Bennett, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Martin Sensmeier, Matt Bomer, Luke Grimes, Cam Giogandet, Jonathan Joss, Mark Ashworth. John Sturges' classic 1960 western The Magnificent Seven made stars out of Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson and James Coburn (who all later appeared in Sturges' epic WWII adventure The Great Escape in 1963). Sturges' film was inspired by the Akira Kurosawa's classic The Seven Samurai, regarded by some critics as Continue reading

MAGGIE’S PLAN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Rebecca Miller Stars: Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke, Julianne Moore, Travis Fimmel, Bill Hader, Maya Rudolph, Wallace Shawn. I find Greta Gerwig an annoying screen presence, especially given her penchant for playing flighty, self-centred and kooky characters in those quirky New York based hipster romantic comedies from the likes of Noah Baumbach with whom she has regularly collaborated (Frances Ha, etc). Those annoying and irritating characteristics that were especially grating in the recent Mistress America are to the fore again in Continue reading

BOYHOOD

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Richard Linklater Stars: Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette, Ellar Coltrane, Lorelei Linklater, Marco Perella. Richard Linklater (the cult favourite Dazed And Confused, etc) is an interesting director who makes projects that often lie outside the mainstream of Hollywood filmmaking (the Before trilogy, etc). His latest film is Boyhood, an ambitious undertaking, a coming of age tale that was 12 years in the making, and required a massive leap of faith on behalf of both the director and its cast and crew. Linklater devised the idea to shoot a Continue reading