DEMOLITION

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jean-Marc Vallee Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts, Chris Cooper, Judah Smith, Heather Lind. Davis Mitchell (Jake Gyllenhaal) is a hot shot financier whose wife is killed in a car crash. He goes into denial and his life goes into melt down and he begins to alienate everyone around him. Including his father-in-law Phil (Chris Cooper), who also happens to be his boss. A minor incident involving a vending machine in the hospital though is the real catalyst for his frustration. He writes complaint letters to the company, which attract Continue reading

EVEREST

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Baltasar Kormakur Stars: Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, Jake Gyllenhaal, John Hawkes, Emily Watson, Martin Henderson, Sam Worthington, Michael Kelly, Kiera Knightley, Robin Wright, Elizabeth Debecki, Thomas M Wright, Naoko Mori. I've never particularly been interested in climbing a mountain, and after seeing this dramatic feature about a tragic attempt to climb Mt Everest in 1996, I have even less interest. Although paradoxically many who watch the film may somehow be inspired to take up the challenge. Since Edmund Hillary conquered Mt Continue reading

NIGHTCRAWLER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Dan Gilroy Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Riz Ahmed, Bill Paxton. When we first meet Lou Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal) he is a loner, a grifter and petty thief stealing copper wire to make some extra cash. But then one night while driving around Los Angeles on the lookout for another opportunity he drives past a car crash. He spies a veteran cameraman (Bill Paxton) recording the carnage and quickly asks him a series of questions about his work. When he sees the footage on the morning news he believes he has found his Continue reading

SOURCE CODE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Duncan Jones Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga, Jeffrey Wright. Source Code is the sophomore film from Duncan Jones, the son of rock star David Bowie, and is a wonderful follow-up to his debut feature, the intriguing low budget sci-fi film Moon, which was a study of paranoia, isolation, madness and identity. This film explores some similar themes, but, working with a bigger budget and special effects, Jones is also able to explore some high concept ideas that are increasingly rare in today’s sci-fi Continue reading

OCTOBER SKY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Joe Johnston Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Cooper, Chris Owen, Laura Dern, William Lee Scott, Chad Lindberg, Chris Ellis. A beautifully wrought, touching and sensitive coming of age tale set in small town America in 1957, October Sky is one of the most satisfying and enjoyable films of this year. This inspiring film is based on the true story of Homer Hickham (played with great insight and charm by Jake Gyllenhaal, from Homegrown, City Slickers, etc), who eventually became a NASA engineer. Homer grew up in Coalwood, West Virginia, Continue reading