MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Josie Rourke Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, Guy Pearce, David Tennant, Ian Hart, Joe Alwyn, Simon Russell Beale, Jack Lowden, Ismael Cruz Cordova. The tale of the rivalry between Scottish queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth I, has been told on screen many times before, most notably in the lavish but dull 1971 film Mary, Queen Of Scots, which starred Oscar winners Glenda Jackson and Vanessa Redgrave. This latest version is something of a revisionist take on the story as it suggests that Elizabeth and Mary actually met while she Continue reading

THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Mike Newell Stars: Lily James, Michiel Huisman, Tom Courtenay, Penelope Wilton, Matthew Goode, Glen Powell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Katherine Parkinson, Kit Connor, Bronagh Gallagher. Adapted from the 2008 best selling novel written by Mary Ann Shaffer (who died before the novel was completed) and her niece Anne Barrows, The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society is a historical romance set in the aftermath of World War Two. This quintessential British drama centres around writer Juliet Continue reading

BREATHE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Andy Serkis Stars: Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy, Hugh Bonneville, Tom Hollander, Diana Rigg, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Amit Shah, Jonathan Hyde, David Wilmot, Stephen Mangan, Dean-Charles Chapman. The opening night film at the recent British Film Festival at Palace Cinemas, Breathe is an unashamedly old-fashioned tear jerker that will appeal to the same demographic that loved films like The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, etc. This is the inspiring true story of Robin Cavendish (played here by Andrew Garfield, from Hacksaw Ridge, etc), who Continue reading

FINAL PORTRAIT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Stanley Tucci Stars: Geoffrey Rush, Armie Hammer, Tony Shalhoub, Clemence Poesy, Sylvie Testud, James Faulkner. In 1966, renowned portrait artist and sculptor Alberto Giacometti passed away soon after completing his final painting. In 1964 he had painted a portrait of American journalist and art lover James Lord, who had come to Paris for a brief visit. The portrait was only supposed to take a couple of days, but the increasingly frustrated Lord spent a couple of weeks with the mercurial artist in his Paris studio. Giacometti was Continue reading

A LITTLE CHAOS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Alan Rickman Stars: Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman, Stanley Tucci, Matthias Schoenaerts, Helen McCrory, Steven Waddington, Jennifer Ehle, Danny Webb, Phyllida Law. This gorgeous looking but ultimately dull period drama is set in France in 1682. A Little Chaos is the sophomore feature for Alan Rickman (from the Harry Potter series, etc), better known as an actor with an imperious manner. His last feature as a director was the 1997 drama The Winter Guest, so it has been a long time between drinks. This is something of a labour of love for Continue reading