BEAST

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Baltasar Kormakur Stars: Idris Elba, Sharlto Copley, Iyana Halley, Leah Sava Jeffries, Chris Langa. Cujo in the African jungle, albeit with a rogue lion rather than a rabid St Bernard terrorising a family trapped inside their vehicle.   Beast is a cliched B movie that is elevated through the strong presence of Idris Elba. He plays Nate Samuel, a widowed doctor looking to reconnect and bond with his two estranged teenaged daughters Meredith (Iyana Halley) and Norah (Leah Sava Jeffries) during a trip to a game reserve in South Continue reading

MOLLY’S GAME

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Aaron Sorkin Stars: Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, Michael Cera, Chris O'Dowd, Bill Camp, Jeremy Strong, Graham Greene, J C Mackenzie, Brian d'arcy Jones, Natalie Krill, Jon Bass. Poker is not the most exciting of cinematic sports, although there have been a few great films set against the backdrop of poker, including Rounders, A Big Hand For A Little Lady, etc. And now we get Molly’s Game. The film is based on the memoir of Molly Bloom (played here by Jessica Chastain), a former Olympic Continue reading

THOR: RAGNAROK

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Taika Waititi Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Cate Blanchett, Tom Hiddleston, Mark Ruffalo, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Idris Elba, Anthony Hopkins, Benedict Cumberbatch, Taika Waititi, Rachel House, Clancy Brown, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Sam Neill, Luke Hemsworth, Matt Damon, Shari Sebbens. The 17th feature in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the third film in the Thor series is lighter in tone and lots of fun. For those who have grown a little tired on the usual formula and destructive set pieces of Marvel this will be Continue reading

THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Hany Abu-Assad Stars: Kate Winslet, Idris Elba, Beau Bridges, Dermot Mulroney. Boise, Idaho. Storm clouds have rolled in, and all flights out have been cancelled. Ben (Idris Elba) is a neuro surgeon who is trying to get a flight out to Denver so he can get a connecting flight to New York, where he is scheduled to perform life-saving surgery on a ten-year old boy. Alex (Kate Winslet) is a photojournalist who has been shooting neo-Nazi skinheads for a magazine article. She is also keen to fly out so she can attend her own wedding Continue reading

THE DARK TOWER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Nikolaj Arcel Stars: Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Taylor, Jackie Earle Haley, Katheryn Winnick, Michael Berbieri, Jose Zuniga, Dannis Haysbert, Claudia Kim, Ben Gavin, Fran Kranz, Abbey Lee, Nicholas Pauling, Nicholas Hamilton. The titular dark tower is a tall edifice that supposedly stands at the centre of the universe, and, according to legend, if it should fall then chaos will reign. Roland (Idris Elba) is the last in a long line of gunslingers charged with protecting the tower from all sorts of threats. He has been Continue reading