MONEY MONSTER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jodie Foster Stars: George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Jack O'Connell, Caitriona Balfe, Giancarlo Esposito, Dominic West, Dennis Boutsikaris, Christopher Denham, Lenny Venito, Chris Bauer, Emily Meade, Aaron Yoo. This thriller about an unusual hostage situation is a sort of Dog Day Afternoon for the post GFC crowd. It also plays to our own innate suspicion and distrust of financiers, bankers and corporate executives who deal in hundreds of millions of dollars from investors, both large and small, but who are rarely held accountable when it Continue reading

MY SON, MY SON, WHAT HAVE YE DONE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Werner Herzog Stars: Michael Shannon, Willem Dafoe, Chloe Sevigny, Udo Kier, Brad Dourif, Michael Pena, Grace Zabriskie. Following a brief run as part of ACMI’s first look program, Werner Herzog’s latest film gets a brief, limited theatrical release. My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done is loosely based on a true story about an unstable actor who so identified with his role as Orestes in Euripides’ drama Electra, that he killed his mother. Two of cinema’s most eccentric and idiosyncratic auteurs in David Lynch and Werner Herzog Continue reading

JOHN Q

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Nick Cassavetes Stars: Denzel Washington, Robert Duvall, James Woods, Daniel E Smith, Kimberly Elise After his triumphant Academy Award winning performance cast against type as a corrupt LAPD cop in the otherwise disappointing Training Day, Denzel Washington returns to familiar territory as the decent upright citizen audiences will cheer for in Nick Cassavetes' hostage drama. Washington plays John Quincy Archibald, an honest, deeply religious, unskilled factory worker struggling to keep his family afloat despite the constant Continue reading