DELIVER US FROM EVIL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Won-Chang Hong Stars: Jung-Min Hwang, Jung-Jae Lee, Jeong-Min Park. Not to be confused with the so-so 2014 supernatural themed thriller starring Eric Bana, Deliver Us From Evil is a pedal to the metal frenetic and violent hard boiled action thriller from Korean director Won-Chang Hong (who wrote films like The Yellow Sea, etc) that delivers plenty of action and will delight fans of this genre. Korean action cinema seems to have a more violent, kinetic and fast paced and energetic approach to its key set pieces than Hollywood, Continue reading

MINAMATA

Reviewed by GREG KING Stars: Johnny Depp, Minami, Jun Kunimura, Bill Nighy,, Katherine Jenkins, Akiko Iwase, Hiroyuki Sanada, Ryo Kase. Based on a true story this drama about industrial pollution and the environmental damage caused by giant chemical companies and their greed, corruption and malfeasance who refuse to accept responsibility or take action puts Minamata in the same wheelhouse as films like Erin Brokovich and Dark Waters, although it is nowhere near as provocative or compelling. Minamata is a small waterfront town in Japan. For fifteen years, since Continue reading

THE CONJURING 2

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: James Wan Stars: Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Frances O'Connor, Simon McBurney, Franke Potente, Madison Wolfe, Benjamin Haigh, Lauren Esposito, Patrick McAuley, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Simon Delaney, Bab Adrian. Having established himself as one of the top directors of horror films working in Hollywood at the moment, James Wan (Saw, Insidious, etc) continues to mine the exploits of real life paranormal ghost hunters Ed and Lorraine Warren in this sequel to the 2013 box office hit The Conjuring. The Warrens made their reputation after Continue reading

A WALK IN THE WOODS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ken Kwapis Stars: Robert Redford, Nick Nolte, Emma Thompson, Nick Offerman, Kristen Schaal, Mary Steenbergen. We have had several films recently in which characters have hiked some challenging paths in order to find solace, comfort or redemption. There was Emile Hirsch as the doomed Christopher McCandless in Sean Penn's Into The Wild, Martin Sheen as a grieving father walking the Santiago de Compostela trail in memory of his dead son in The Way, and Reese Witherspoon hiked the Pacific Coast Trail in Wild. Now we get two older men hiking Continue reading

ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2014 – reviews

by GREG KING Last updated September 28. SCAMPIA'S GOLD. Originally made for Italian television, this has to be one of the grimmest feel good movies in the festival. This inspiring and enjoyably crowd pleasing underdog story was based on the actual triumph of an Italian teenager from Scampia, who won a gold medal in judo at the Sydney Olympics. Scampia is one of the most degraded and impoverished areas in Naples, where the crime gang the Camorra reign supreme in the overcrowded high rise ghettoes. There local kids are either forced into prostitution or drug pushing or Continue reading