JUSTICE LEAGUE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Zack Snyder Stars: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Ciaran Hinds, Jeremy Irons, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, J K Simmons, Joe Morton, Connie Nielsen, Amber Heard, Billy Crudup, David Thewlis. While Marvel tends to dominate the cinematic superhero and comic book market at the moment, DC comics are attempting to make inroads with their take on setting up their own DC Cinematic Universe. Unfortunately, their first film, Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, was a rather grim and dour affair that Continue reading

THE SNOWMAN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Tomas Alfredson Stars: Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson, Charlotte Gainsbourg, J K Simmons, Val Kilmer, Toby Jones, Michael Yates, David Dencik, Jonas Karlsson, James D'Arcy, Jakob Oftebro, Adrian Dunbar, Chloe Sevigny, Ronan Vibert, Genevieve O'Reilly.   Nordic noir tends to be darker and bleaker than your typical Hollywood crime thriller, probably because they spend so much time in the dark, with long, bleak winter months. But unfortunately, The Snowman is a lesser example of the genre. This subpar thriller is based Continue reading

PATRIOTS DAY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Peter Berg Stars: Mark Wahlberg, John Goodman, Kevin Bacon, J K Simmons, Christopher O'Shea, Michelle Monaghan, Alex Wolff, Themo Melikidze, Rachel Brosnahan, Jake Picking, Jimmy O Yang, Melissa Benoist, James Colby, Michael Beach, Adam Trese, Khandi Alexander. Is it too soon for a film depicting the 2013 terrorist bombing of the annual Boston Marathon? Some would probably say yes and suggest that the film touches a nerve that is still pretty raw. But others would argue that a film like Patriots Day treats the subject with Continue reading

LA LA LAND

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Damien Chazelle Stars: Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, J K Simmons, Tom Everett Scott. The new film from director Damien Chazelle (the superb Whiplash) is a charming and ambitious take on the old fashioned technicolour Hollywood musical and it harks back to those classic musicals of the 50s and 60s, a bygone era of glamour and romance. The film is inspired by the likes of Jacques Remy's classic The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg and Stanley Donen's Singin' In The Rain, and is steeped in nostalgia. There are numerous in-jokes about Hollywood and Continue reading

THE ACCOUNTANT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Gavin O'Connor Stars: Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J K Simmons, Jon Bernthal, John Lithgow, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Robert C Treveiler, Seth Lee, Jake Presley, Mary Kraft, Jason Davis, Jeffery Tambor, Jean Smart. The title may not sound like the basis for a very exciting film, but Christian Wolff, the title character, is not your average accountant; not only does he crunch numbers but he also crunches bodies. He's the kind of superhero that exists in the wet dreams of H & R Block employees. Wolff (played by Ben Affleck) is a Continue reading