FINDING YOUR FEET

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Richard Loncraine Stars: Imelda Staunton, Celia Imrie, Timothy Spall, Joanna Lumley, David Hayman, John Sessions, Josie Lawrence, Sian Thomas. Following its premiere as the closing night attraction at the 2017 British Film Festival, this formulaic and cliched bittersweet romcom gets a theatrical release. With its story of elderly Brits enjoying life and facing mortality, second chances and finding romance late in life, this is an endearing but flawed feel good film that will appeal to the same demographic Continue reading

INSIDIOUS: THE LAST KEY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Adam Robitel Stars: Lin Shaye, Leigh Whannell, Angus Sampson, Bruce Davison, Javier Botet, Marcus Henderson, Kirk Acevedo, Josh Stewart, Caitlin Gerard, Spencer Locke, Tessa Ferrer, Ava Kolker, Pierce Pope. The fourth and (hopefully) final instalment in the supernatural Insidious franchise works as more of a prequel as it gives us the backstory of parapsychologist Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye), who has been the mainstay of the series since its inception in 2011. In the Insidious timeline, The Last Key fits neatly between the original Continue reading

ALLIANCE FRANCAISE FILM FESTIVAL 2018 – interview with artistic director Philippe Platel

by GREG KING The 29th Alliance Francaise French Film Festival screens at Palace Cinemas around the country throughout March. The program features 50 films, ranging from comedies to contemporary dramas. The opening night film is C’est La Vie, a comedy from the directors of the superb The Intouchables. The closing night film is 50 Is The New 30, a romantic comedy.  This year there is a strong LGBT stream, with films like BPM and 4 Days In France. Greg spoke to Philippe Platel, the artistic director of the French Film Festival to find out more Continue reading

BLACK PANTHER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ryan Coogler Stars: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Martin Freeman, Andy Serkis, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Daniel Kaluuya, Sterling K Brown. The 18th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe serves up something a little different. With the recent Guardians Of The Galaxy and Thor: Ragnarok the Marvel head honchos shook up the usual increasingly tired formula by introducing plenty of improvised humour and a looser feel to proceedings. With Black Panther they give us the first Continue reading

FIFTY SHADES FREED

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: James Foley Stars: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Eric Johnson, Eloise Mumford, Rita Ora, Marcia Gay Harden, Bruce Altman, Luke Grimes, Victor Rusak, Max Martini, Jennifer Ehle, Callum Keith Rennie, Tyler Hoechlin, Arielle Kebbel. Fifty Shades Blander? One of the trashiest film trilogies in recent memory reaches its (ahem) climax with the dull and leaden final instalment of the franchise based on E L James’ best-selling erotic novels about a relationship based around consensual BD&SM. The Fifty Shades Continue reading