BILLY LYNN’S LONG HALFTIME WALK

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ang Lee Stars: Joe Alwyn, Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart, Steve Martin, Vin Diesel, Chris Tucker, Mason Lee, Arturo Castro, Beau Knapp, Makenzie Leigh, Tim Blake Nelson. This new film from three time Oscar winning director Ang Lee is a bit of a disappointment given his impressive resume that includes Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, the heartbreaking gay romance Brokeback Mountain, and the visually impressive Life Of Pi. Based on the acclaimed 2012 satirical novel written by Ben Fountain, and adapted by first time screenwriter Continue reading

PAN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Joe Wright Stars: Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund, Rooney Mara, Levi Miller, Amanda Seyfried, Nonso Anozie, Kathy Burke, Adeel Akhtar, Bronson Webb, Cara Delvingne, Paul Kaye. J M Barrie first created the character of Peter Pan, the boy who could fly and who never grew up, back in 1902. He then featured the character in the 1904 play Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up, which enjoyed incredible success. Since then the character has featured in several stories, and been filmed many times, firstly in a silent film in 1924, but most Continue reading

UNBROKEN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Angelina Jolie Stars: Jack O'Connell, Domhnall Gleeson, Garrett Hedlund, Jai Courtney, Takamasa Ishihara, Finn Wittrock, Alex Russell, Luke Treadaway, Spencer Lofranco, C J Valleroy, John D'Leo. This biopic of athlete and WWII survivor Louis Zamperini is something of a labour of love for Angelina Jolie. This is her second fiction feature as a director following 2011's drama In The Land Of Blood And Honey, which was set against the backdrop of the Bosnian war, and Unbroken shares a number of similar themes and ideas about the Continue reading

TRON: LEGACY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Joseph Kosinski Stars: Garrett Hedlund, Jeff Bridges, Olivia Wilde In 1982, the high concept sci-fi film Tron used then cutting-edge computer generated imagery to take us inside a cybernetic world. Back then the whole CGI process was still in its infancy, but the film was ahead of its time. With the recent advances in both CGI and 3D technology, the time seems right to revisit that artificial world. So here is the belated and unnecessary sequel, Tron: Legacy. The film is set some twenty years after the original. Computer games Continue reading

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Peter Berg Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Lukas Black, Derek Luke, Jay Hernandez, Garrett Hedlund, Tim McGraw. High school football has been the subject of many American movies, ranging from the vapid Varsity Blues through to the inspirational true story of Remember The Titans, and many often buy into the sport as a metaphor for life theme. Friday Night Lights is yet another film set against the background of high school football, but this one takes a different tack as it explores grander themes than just the sport Continue reading