NORMAN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Joseph Cedar Stars: Richard Gere, Lior Ashkenzai, Steve Buscemi, Charlotte Gainsbourgh, Michael Sheen, Dan Stevens, Harris Yulin, Hanz Azaria, Josh Charles, Isaach de Bankole, Ann Dowd. Richard Gere finds one of his best roles in quite some time in this quirky Jewish comedy from filmmaker Joseph Cedar. Norman is the English language feature debut for Cedar, who gave us 2011’s Footnote, which explored the complicated relationship between a father and son team of Talmudic scholars. Cedar’s films are quintessentially Jewish in Continue reading

THE LAST WITCH HUNTER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Breck Eisner Stars: Vin Diesel, Michael Caine, Elijah Wood, Rose Leslie, Julie Engelbrecht, Olafur Darri Olafsson, Rene Owen, Isaach de Bankole, Joseph Gilgun. Up until now I always thought that The Chronicles Of Riddick was the nadir of Vin Diesel's film career. But now we have another contender for this dubious distinction with the messy, special effects heavy fantasy The Last Witch Hunter, which was a vanity project for the star. Based on a series of graphic novels, The Last Witch Hunter has been written by a trifecta of Continue reading

WHITE MATERIAL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Clair Denis Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Isaach De Bankole, Nicholas Duvauchelle, Christoph Lambert. French director Claire Denis is the daughter of a French civil servant and she spent most of her formative years in Africa. Many of her films draw upon her memories and experiences of growing up there. Denis has made a career out of tackling difficult subject matter and often exploring the impact of colonialism on Africa. Previous films, like the semi-autobiographical Chocolat, and Beau Travail have been shaped by her innate Continue reading