THEIR FINEST

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Lone Scherfig Stars: Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin. Bill Nighy, Jack Huston, Jake Lacy, Eddie Marsan, Halen McCrory, Jeremy Irons, Richard E Grant, Henry Goodman, Hubert Burton, Claudie Jeesie, Stephanie Hyam. This thoroughly enjoyable WWII drama is set in London at the height of the Blitz. The Ministry of Information and the War Office want to make a propaganda film to keep the people’s morale and spirits up. Just as important though is sending a strong message to the Americans that the British are still in the fight for the long Continue reading

BEN-HUR

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Timur Bekmambetov Stars: Jack Huston, Toby Kebbell, Morgan Freeman, Pilou Asbaek, Rodrigo Snatoro, Nazanin Boniadi, Ayelet Zurer, Moises Arias. Despite the success of Ridley Scott's Gladiator and Mel Gibson's visceral The Passion Of The Christ, the lavish big budget Biblical epic and sword and sandals drama has gone the way of the once popular western. They have become a moribund genre that holds little appeal or relevance for today's movie going audiences raised on a diet of CGI generated special effects and super hero movies. And Continue reading

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Burr Steers Stars: Lily James, Sam Riley, Douglas Booth, Jack Huston, Bella Heathcoate, Suki Waterhouse, Ellie Bamber, Millie Brady, Charles Dance, Matt Smith, Sally Phillips, Emma Greenwell, Eva Bell. Jane Austen is probably rolling over in her frilly lace bonnet and hooped skirts at the thought of what Hollywood has done to her classic tale of romance, manners, marriage and class in Edwardian England. As the title suggests, Pride And Prejudice And Zombies takes Austen's source material and injects healthy doses of zombies into the mix. Continue reading

THE LONGEST RIDE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: George Tillman jr Stars: Scott Eastwood, Britt Robertson, Alan Alda, Jack Huston, Oona Chaplin, Lolita Davidovitch, Melissa Benoist, Gloria Rueben. "True love requires sacrifice," says Ira Levinson (Alan Alda), in The Longest Ride, the 10th formulaic and somewhat predictable romantic drama from the prolific pen of Nicholas Sparks, who writes manipulative, three handkerchief weepies. The popular and unashamedly soppy The Notebook is probably the best example of his work, mainly because of the chemistry between Ryan Gosling and Rachel Continue reading