NORMAN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Joseph Cedar Stars: Richard Gere, Lior Ashkenzai, Steve Buscemi, Charlotte Gainsbourgh, Michael Sheen, Dan Stevens, Harris Yulin, Hanz Azaria, Josh Charles, Isaach de Bankole, Ann Dowd. Richard Gere finds one of his best roles in quite some time in this quirky Jewish comedy from filmmaker Joseph Cedar. Norman is the English language feature debut for Cedar, who gave us 2011’s Footnote, which explored the complicated relationship between a father and son team of Talmudic scholars. Cedar’s films are quintessentially Jewish in Continue reading

THE FAMILY FANG

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jason Bateman Stars: Jason Bateman, Nicole Kidman, Christopher Walken, Maryann Plunkett, Kathryn Hahn, Michael Chernus, Harris Yulin, Josh Pais, Jason Butler Harner, Mackenzie Brooke Smith, Linda Edmond, Jack McCarthy, Kyle Donnery, Taylor Rose. This was one of two films I saw at MIFF about unorthodox, dysfunctional and troubled families - the other was Captain Fantastic, which boasted an impressive performance from Viggo Mortensen. The Family Fang is a quirky comedy about an eccentric family. Based on the 2011 novel written by Continue reading

THE MILLION DOLLAR HOTEL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Wim Wenders Stars: Jeremy Davies, Milla Jovovich, Mel Gibson, Jimmy Smits, Amanda Plummer, Peter Stromare, Gloria Stuart, Harris Yulin,Tom Bower, Donal Logue, Julian Sands, Bud Cort, Tim Roth. In recent years German director Wim Wenders has turned his cynical outsider's eye on Los Angeles, showing us a sleazy and seedy side to the city of dreams that not many people would recognise. Based on a story written by U2 singer Bono and script writer Nicholas Klein, The Million Dollar Hotel continues to develop Wenders' obsession with Continue reading

MR. BEAN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Mel Smith Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Peter MacNicol, Pamela Reed, Harris Yulin, Burt Reynolds, John Mills, Richard Gant, Tricia Vessey, Andrew Lawrence, Tom McGowan, Sandra Oh Running Time: 98 minutes. Rowan Atkinson brings his famous creation, the hapless, disastrously accident prone Mr Bean, to the big screen in this hilarious and thoroughly enjoyable film. Bean seems deliberately designed to broaden his appeal, especially to American audiences who are largely unfamiliar with the antics of this destructive child in a man's body. Continue reading