TULIP FEVER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Justin Chadwick Stars: Alicia Vikander, Christoph Waltz, Dane DeHaan, Holliday Grainger, Jack O'Connell, Judi Dench, Cara Delevingne, Tom Hollander, Kevin McKidd,  Matthew Morrison, Zach Galifianakis, Douglas Hodge, David Harewood. This melodramatic bodice ripper period romantic drama is set in Amsterdam in 1634. Tulips were very much prized and a source of great wealth in the market place. Playing out against this backdrop of a strong economic bubble and flourishing commodities market is a more formulaic story of romance, sex, Continue reading

MONEY MONSTER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jodie Foster Stars: George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Jack O'Connell, Caitriona Balfe, Giancarlo Esposito, Dominic West, Dennis Boutsikaris, Christopher Denham, Lenny Venito, Chris Bauer, Emily Meade, Aaron Yoo. This thriller about an unusual hostage situation is a sort of Dog Day Afternoon for the post GFC crowd. It also plays to our own innate suspicion and distrust of financiers, bankers and corporate executives who deal in hundreds of millions of dollars from investors, both large and small, but who are rarely held accountable when it Continue reading

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Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Yann Demarge Stars: Jack O'Connell, Sean Harris, Richard Dormer, Sam Reid, Charlie Murphy, Killian Scott, Barry Keoghan. Sectarian violence erupted in Northern Ireland in the early 70s as the bitter conflict between Catholics and Protestants began to spiral out of control. British troops were sent in to try and maintain an uneasy peace. Amongst the green and inexperienced squad sent to Belfast is young private Gary Hook (Jack O'Connell, recently seen in Angelina Jolie's tough war film about survival and endurance Unbroken). The troops Continue reading

UNBROKEN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Angelina Jolie Stars: Jack O'Connell, Domhnall Gleeson, Garrett Hedlund, Jai Courtney, Takamasa Ishihara, Finn Wittrock, Alex Russell, Luke Treadaway, Spencer Lofranco, C J Valleroy, John D'Leo. This biopic of athlete and WWII survivor Louis Zamperini is something of a labour of love for Angelina Jolie. This is her second fiction feature as a director following 2011's drama In The Land Of Blood And Honey, which was set against the backdrop of the Bosnian war, and Unbroken shares a number of similar themes and ideas about the Continue reading

300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Noam Murro Stars: Sullivan Stapleton, David Wenham, Eva Green, Rodrigo Santoro, Lena Headey, Jack O'Connell. Hollywood must have squandered all of its reserves of fake blood for this overly violent and visually ugly and cliched follow up to Zack Snyder's 2006 epic 300, which redefined the action genre. Snyder (300, Sucker Punch, etc) is a hack director with an over the top kinetic aesthetic; his films are more of a triumph of style over substance as he throws virtually everything at the screen. And even though he is only credited as Continue reading