VICEROY’S HOUSE

By GREG KING Director: Gurinder Chadha Stars: Hugh Bonneville, Gillian Anderson, Michael Gambon, Simon Callow, Manish Dayal, Huma Qureshi, Lily Travers, Om Puri, Simon Williams, Lucy Fleming. India, 1947. Financially weakened by the cost of fighting WWII, the British government is planning to pull out of India, leaving the country to become an independent nation. Sent to oversee the transition from a colony of the fading British Empire to independence is Earl Mountbatten (Hugh Bonneville, from tv series Downton Abbey, etc), the great grandson of Queen Victoria. Continue reading

JOHNNY ENGLISH REBORN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Oliver Parker Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Gillian Anderson, Daniel Kaluuva, Pik-sen Lim, Rosamund Pike, Richard Schiff, Dominic West, Stephen Campbell Mooreh. This tired, laboured, belated and unnecessary sequel to the subpar Bond spoof Johnny English should have been stillborn! Rubbery faced comic Rowan Atkinson is great and very funny as the hapless, childlike and accident prone Mr Bean, and he is superb as the acerbic Blackadder. But somehow he grates as incompetent and bumbling British spy Johnny English. Since we last saw Continue reading

THE MIGHTY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Peter Chelsom Stars: Sharon Stone, Gena Rowlands, Harry Dean Stanton, James Gandolfini, Gillian Anderson, Meatloaf, Keiran Culkin, Elden Henson, Joe Perrino, Jennifer Lewis. This moving and ultimately uplifting tale explores the unusual friendship that develops between two twelve year old outcasts. The Mighty is also an inspiring fable about the power of the imagination and friendship to heal scars, both emotional and physical. Based on the book by Rodman Philbrick, The Mighty is also free of the excessively saccharine and overtly Continue reading