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

MARY POPPINS RETURNS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Rob Marshall Stars: Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Colin Firth, Meryle Streep, Julie Walters, Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh, Joel Dawson, Angela Lansbury, Dick Van Dyke, Jeremy Swift, Kobna Holbrook-Smith, David Warner, Jim Norton, voices of Chris O'Dowd, Mark Addy. It's been fifty years since Disney released their endearing and enduring live action musical adaptation of P L Travers' Mary Poppins, fantastical tale of the magical nanny who arrived to heal the Banks family in their time of trouble. Continue reading

EIGHTH GRADE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Bo Burnham Stars: Elsie Fisher, Josh Hamilton, Catherine Oliviere, Emily Robinson, Jake Ryan, Daniel Zolghadri. This rich, naturalistic and authentic look at the anxieties faced by today’s teenagers in a modern world obsessed with social media and status is an insightful coming of age tale that is refreshingly free of the usual tropes of the subgenre. Eighth Grade follows Kayla Day (played by Elsie Fisher, who voiced the character of Agnes in the first two Despicable Me movies) as she makes that awkward transition from middle Continue reading

COLD WAR

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Pawel Pawilowski Stars: Tomas Kot, Joanna Kulik, Agata Kulesza, Borys Szyc, Jeanne Balibar, Cedric Kahn. This melancholy romantic drama about a pair of star-crossed lovers kept apart in the divided Europe after WWII has been largely inspired by the experiences of Polish filmmaker Pawel Pawilowski’s own parents. Cold War spans some fifteen years and tells of the troubled romance between a pair of musicians. The film was a big winner at Cannes and is Poland’s official entry into the Foreign Language category for the Oscars. Cold War Continue reading

THE FAVOURITE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Yorgos Lanthimos Stars: Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz, Emma Stone, Nicholas Houkt, Joe Alwyn, Mark Gatiss, Jennifer White, James Smith. With films like The Lobster and The Killing Of A Sacred Deer to his credit, idiosyncratic Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos has become something of a critic’s favourite and a darling of the art house circuit. But his latest film, the arch and blackly comedic period piece/costume drama The Favourite is something of a change of pace, his most ambitious film to date, and, arguably, his most Continue reading