A MONSTER CALLS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: J A Boyona Stars: Lewis MacDougall, Liam Neeson, Felicity Jones, Sigourney Weaver, Toby Kebbell, Geraldine Chaplin. The films of Spanish filmmaker J A Bayona have dealt with families in crisis and children in peril, and they have always had a strong emotional subtext running through them. His previous films have included the horror film The Orphanage, and The Impossible, which told the story of a family affected by the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami. His third feature film is A Monster Calls, a mix of horror and complex coming of age Continue reading

ROGUE ONE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Gareth Edwards Stars: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Forest Whitaker, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen, Riz Ahmed, Jimmy Smits, Alistair Petrie, Ben Daniels, Ian McElhinney, James Earl Jones. One of the most anticipated films of the year was Rogue One, the latest stand alone spin off in the Star Wars franchise. While it doesn't quite live up to the hype it is still a solid film that delivers plenty of action that won't disappoint the die hard fans of the series. This "stand alone" Star Wars film Continue reading

INFERNO

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ron Howard Stars: Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones, Ben Foster, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Omar Sy, Irrfan Khan, Xavier Laurent, Ana Ulara, Ida Darvish. Inferno is the third film adapted from the series of novels written by Dan Brown featuring the religious symbologist Robert Langdon (played by Tom Hanks). A symbologist is the type of arcane profession that only exists within the cloistered world of academia or the pages of thriller novels. Although the second novel in the series, it was the bestselling The Da Vinci Code, which has sold 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

CHALET GIRL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Phil Traill Stars: Felicity Jones, Bill Nighy, Brooke Shields, Bill Bailey, Tamsin Egerton, Ed Westwick, Sophia Bush, Ken Dukken. This British/German co-production comes across as something of a mix of formulaic feel good romantic comedy crossed with some generous doses of Warren Miller-like snowboarding action on the ski slopes of the Austrian Alps. The film deals with themes of romance, class issues, confronting your fears, but it is somewhat lightweight and cliched. It’s Pride And Prejudice on skis! Rising star Felicity Continue reading