THE GREATEST SHOWMAN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Michael Gracey Stars: Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Keala Settle, Sam Humphrey, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Ellis Rubin, Skylar Dunn, Paul Sparks, Byron Jennings. Hugh Jackman dances and sings up a storm in this musical biopic about American showman Phineas Taylor Barnum (1810-1891), a pioneer and visionary entrepreneur and creator of the circus as we know it. Barnum’s first venture into show business was a wax museum he created in a warehouse in New York. Always trying to go bigger, he then Continue reading

LOGAN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: James Mangold Stars: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, Boyd Holbrook, Richard E Grant, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Stephen Merchant, Eriq La Salle, Elise Neal, Quincy Fouse. This is Hugh Jackman’s swan song as Wolverine, after eight films in seventeen years of playing the Marvel superhero. And what a great way to go out! He has saved the best till last. Not only is Logan the best film in the Wolverine franchise to date but it is also one of the best comic book/superhero adaptations. Logan is up there with Christopher Nolan’s Continue reading

EDDIE THE EAGLE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Dexter Fletcher Stars: Taron Egerton, Hugh Jackman, Tim McInnerny, Keith Allen, Jo Hartley, Christopher Walken, Jim Broadbent, Edvin Endre, Iris Berben, Mark Benton, Rune Temte, Ania Sowinski. White men can't ski jump? The 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics have already given us one feel good underdog story with the Jamaican bobsled team who defied all odds to compete, and their inspiring story was recounted in the crowd pleasing film Cool Runnings. Now we get another crowd pleasing feel good story with this biopic of British ski jumper Continue reading

PAN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Joe Wright Stars: Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund, Rooney Mara, Levi Miller, Amanda Seyfried, Nonso Anozie, Kathy Burke, Adeel Akhtar, Bronson Webb, Cara Delvingne, Paul Kaye. J M Barrie first created the character of Peter Pan, the boy who could fly and who never grew up, back in 1902. He then featured the character in the 1904 play Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up, which enjoyed incredible success. Since then the character has featured in several stories, and been filmed many times, firstly in a silent film in 1924, but most Continue reading

CHAPPIE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Neill Blomkamp Stars: Dev Patel, Hugh Jackman, Sharlto Copley, Sigourney Weaver, Ninja, Yo-landi Visser, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Brandon Auret, Johnny Selema. South African filmmaker Neill Blomkamp is best known for his breakthrough feature District 9, which was an ambitious mix of high concept science fiction and allegorical social commentary about many of the issues facing contemporary post-apartheid South Africa. His follow up film Elysium was a similarly ambitious mix of dystopian sci-fi and social realism, but it was less Continue reading