APT PUPIL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Bryan Singer Stars: Ian McKellen, Brad Renfro, Bruce Davison, Elias Koteas, Joe Morton, Joshua Jackson, David Schwimmer, Jan Triska, Michael Byrne, Heather McComb, Ann Dowd. There were high expectations for Bryan Singer's follow up to his Oscar winning crime thriller The Usual Suspects (1995), and Apt Pupil doesn't disappoint. Apt Pupil is the third story from Stephen King's Different Seasons anthology to be filmed, following both Stand By Me and the brilliant The Shawshank Redemption. This is a superb and unsettling psychological Continue reading

RONIN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: John Frankenheimer Stars: Robert De Niro, Jean Reno, Stellan Skasgard, Natascha McElhone, Jonathan Pryce, Sean Bean, Skipp Sudduth, Michael Lonsdale, Jan Triska. In the 60's, John Frankenheimer was without peer as a director of taut action films and riveting political thrillers. His more memorable films included Seven Days In May, The Manchurian Candidate, Seconds, and The Birdman Of Alcatraz. Since the 70's though his career seems to have stalled with a succession of grim, second rate thrillers, like French Connection II, Prophecy, 52 Continue reading