DENIAL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Mick Jackson Stars: Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson, Timothy Spall, Andrew Scott, Harriet Walter, Jack Lowden, Alex Jennings, Mark Gatiss, Caren Pistorius, John Sessions. The well-acted and intelligent courtroom drama Denial is a dramatic depiction of the real life high profile 1996 libel trial in which controversial historian and Holocaust denier David Irving (here played by Timothy Spall) sued American academic and historian Deborah Lipstadt (Rachel Weisz) for libel over comments she made about him in her book Denying The Holocaust: The Continue reading

WOMAN IN GOLD

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Simon Curtis Stars: Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Daniel Bruhl, Katie Holmes, Tatiana Maslany, Max Irons, Antje Traue, Elizabeth McGovern, Jonathan Pryce, Frances Fisher, Moritz Bleibtreu, Allan Coruner, Henry Goodman, Tom Schilling, Charles Dance. Maria Altmann (Helen Mirren) is an elderly Jewish refugee who, with the help of her tyro lawyer, takes on the intractable might of the Austrian Government in a protracted legal battle to regain possession of a valuable painting and family heirloom that was confiscated by the Nazis during Continue reading

THE BOOK THIEF

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Brian Percival Stars: Emily Watson, Geoffrey Rush, Sophie Nelisse, Barbara Auer, Nico Liersch, Ben Schnetzer. The Book Thief is based on the best selling and acclaimed novel written by Australian author Markus Zusak, and like the superb The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas, it looks at the horrors of war from a child's perspective, which makes it both powerful and somehow more unsettling. On the eve of WWII, illiterate nine-year old Liesel (newcomer Sophie Nelisse, who made her film debut in Monsieur Lazhar) is sent to live with her foster Continue reading