FILM STARS DON’T DIE IN LIVERPOOL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Paul McGuigan Stars: Annette Bening, Jamie Bell, Julie Walters, Kenneth Cranham, Stephen Graham, Vanessa Redgrave, Frances Barber. This classy British feature recounts the final days of 50s movie star Gloria Grahame, a star of noir films like The Big Heat, who died at the age of 57 in 1981. She won an Oscar in 1952 for her performance in The Bad And The Beautiful opposite Kirk Douglas. But her career stalled in the mid-50s, amid a series of scandals and turbulent affairs with Hollywood players, and she found herself doing lots of Continue reading

SNOWPIERCER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Bong Joon-Ho Stars: Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton, Octavia Spencer, Ed Harris, Song Kang-ho, Ewen Bremner, Ah-sung Ko, Alison Pill, Luke Pasqualino, Vlad Ivanov, Adrian Haskovic, Emma Levie. Cult Korean director Bong Joon Ho (the creature feature The Host, the more subtle Hitchcock like thriller Mother, etc) gives us his most ambitious film to date with this allegorical, dystopian sci-fi action thriller set in the not too distant future. Snowpiercer is also his biggest budget film to date, and he stretches the Continue reading

NYMPHOMANIAC

Reviewed by GREG KING Stars: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgard, Shia Le Beouf, Uma Thurman, Christian Slater, Stacy Martin, Jamie Bell, Willem Dafoe. Danish auteur Lars Von Trier is one of contemporary cinema's enfants terrible, who has established a reputation for controversy through his confronting and deliberately provocative films. The sexually explicit and graphic Nymphomaniac will certainly attract its share of controversy as well with its study of a woman who is a sew addict. There have been a number of films dealing with sex addiction, from The Story Of O Continue reading

JANE EYRE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Cary Fukunaga Stars: Mia Wasikowska, Sally Hwkins, Michael Fassbender, Jamie Bell, Judi Dench. This is the umpteenth version of Charlotte Bronte’s classic novel of a plain, obscure and poor orphan girl who lands a job as a governess and eventually captures the heart of her mysterious employer. This 22nd version of the timeless Gothic romance is a visually sumptuous and handsomely mounted production, but it is also quite bland and dull. Technical contributions are excellent, from Adriano Goldman’s gorgeous cinematography, to Will Continue reading

THE EAGLE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Kevin Macdonald Stars: Channing Tatum, Jamie Bell, Donald Sutherland, Tahar Rahim. Kevin Macdonald’s sword and toga saga ventures into similar territory as the recent bloodthirsty Centurion. Based on the 1954 Boys’ Own adventure novel written by Rosemary Sutcliffe, The Eagle is set in Roman occupied Britain in 140AD. Twenty years before, the legendary Ninth Legion of nearly 5,000 men disappeared without a trace after marching into hostile territory in Scotland. Now Marcus Aqila (Channing Tatum), the son of the legion’s leader Continue reading