BREATHE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Andy Serkis Stars: Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy, Hugh Bonneville, Tom Hollander, Diana Rigg, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Amit Shah, Jonathan Hyde, David Wilmot, Stephen Mangan, Dean-Charles Chapman. The opening night film at the recent British Film Festival at Palace Cinemas, Breathe is an unashamedly old-fashioned tear jerker that will appeal to the same demographic that loved films like The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, etc. This is the inspiring true story of Robin Cavendish (played here by Andrew Garfield, from Hacksaw Ridge, etc), who Continue reading

VICEROY’S HOUSE

By GREG KING Director: Gurinder Chadha Stars: Hugh Bonneville, Gillian Anderson, Michael Gambon, Simon Callow, Manish Dayal, Huma Qureshi, Lily Travers, Om Puri, Simon Williams, Lucy Fleming. India, 1947. Financially weakened by the cost of fighting WWII, the British government is planning to pull out of India, leaving the country to become an independent nation. Sent to oversee the transition from a colony of the fading British Empire to independence is Earl Mountbatten (Hugh Bonneville, from tv series Downton Abbey, etc), the great grandson of Queen Victoria. Continue reading

THE MONUMENTS MEN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: George Clooney Stars: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Cate Blanchett, Hugh Bonneville, Bob Balaban. George Clooney's films as a director (Goodnight, And Good Luck, political thriller The Ides Of March, Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind, etc) have explored some serious themes, and he has brought some intelligence to their provocative nature. Given his previous efforts behind the camera, The Monuments Men seems even more disappointing and lightweight. The Monuments Men is based on the true story of a Continue reading

FROM TIME TO TIME

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Julian Fellowes, Stars: Alex Etel, Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Timothy Spall, Dominic West, Pauline Collins, Carice Van Houten, Eliza Hall Bennett, Kwayedza Kureya . There is something quaint and old fashioned about this intergenerational ghost story and family drama that spans two centuries. From Time To Time is based on the second volume in Lucy Boston’s series of novels about Green Knowe. The setting is rural England in 1944. Thirteen year old Tolly (Alex Etel, from Millions, The Water Horse, etc) has been sent to live Continue reading