PICK OF THE LITTER

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Directors: Don Hardy jr, Dana Nachman. A Guide Dog’s Purpose? This wonderful observational documentary follows five cute puppies on their journey to become seeing eye dogs for the nonprofit organization Guide Dogs For The Blind. Every year in America some 8000 dogs enter into a rigorous training program to become seeing eye dogs, but less than 30% succeed and make the cut. The puppies are fostered out to volunteers for the first 12 months to gain structure, routine and get used to social structures. Then they are returned Continue reading

LORO

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Paolo Sorrentino Stars: Toni Servillo, Elena Sofia Ricci, Riccardo Scamarcio, Kasia Smutniak, Giovanni Esposito, Dario Contarelli. This messy, vulgar, bloated and indulgent biopic of Silvio Berlusconi (played here by Toni Servillo), the lecherous tycoon and media mogul who served four terms as Italy’s divisive, colourful and controversial Prime Minister mired in scandal, is the latest film from idiosyncratic filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino (The Great Beauty, etc). Sorrentino’s films always serve up a brash and flashy mix of the bawdy and Continue reading

MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Josie Rourke Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, Guy Pearce, David Tennant, Ian Hart, Joe Alwyn, Simon Russell Beale, Jack Lowden, Ismael Cruz Cordova. The tale of the rivalry between Scottish queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth I, has been told on screen many times before, most notably in the lavish but dull 1971 film Mary, Queen Of Scots, which starred Oscar winners Glenda Jackson and Vanessa Redgrave. This latest version is something of a revisionist take on the story as it suggests that Elizabeth and Mary actually met while she Continue reading

THE KID WHO WOULD BE KING

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Joe Cornish Stars: Louis Ashbourne Serkis, Dean Chaumoo, Tom Taylor, Rhianna Davies, Angus Imrie, Rebecca Ferguson, Patrick Stewart, Denise Gough, Noma Dumezweni. The mythology of King Arthur has provided the spark for many films, ranging from the musical Camelot through to the animated Disney film The Sword In The Stone to John Boorman’s Excalibur through to (shudder) Guy Ritchie’s awful recent King Arthur. Now the mythology gets a contemporary makeover with this family friendly fantasy from writer/director Joe Cornish (Attack The Continue reading

GLASS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: M Night Shyamalan Stars: James McAvoy, Samuel L Jackson, BRuce Willis, Sarah Paulson, Anya Taylor-Joy, Spencer Treat Clark, Charlayne Woodard, Luke Pierce, Adam David Thompson, M Night Shyamalan. In Glass, filmmaker M Night Shyamalan brings together the central characters from 1999's Unbreakable and 2016's Split for a climactic showdown that brings to a close this unofficial trilogy. At the end of Split, Shyamalan did include a post credits sting that hinted that the film was a part of the Unbreakable universe, but he had to wait a Continue reading