A MOST VIOLENT YEAR

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: J C Chandor Stars: Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, Albert Brooks, David Oyelowo, Alessandro Nivola, Elyes Gabel, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Peter Gerety, Ashley Williams. In 1981 New York was a city in decline, and statistically was regarded as one of the most violent years in its history, with both the crime and murder rate spiraling. This era of lawlessness forms the backdrop for this character driven piece about crime and corruption. This is the third film from director J C Chandor, whose impressive filmography includes Margin Call, a Continue reading

ALL IS LOST

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: J C CHandor Stars: Robert Redford. Another old man and the sea? Like Castaway and Gravity before it, this suspenseful drama is another sparse survival story about a lone protagonist. Also like the Australian drama Tracks which also hit local cinemas this week, All Is Lost is the story of one person's odyssey to survive in a harsh environment. But unlike Tracks, which is visually stunning but dramatically dull, All Is Lost ratchets up the suspense and tension, and there is a very real sense of danger that follows our hero. The main Continue reading