CERTAIN WOMEN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Kelly Reichardt Stars: Laura Dern, Michelle Williams, Kristen Stewart, Lily Gladstone, James Le Gros, Rene Auberjonois, Jared Harris, John Getz. Based on the 2009 short story collection Both Ways Is The Only Way I Want It written by Maile Meloy Certain Women is structured around three stories that briefly intersect. They are all set in the small town of Livingston, Montana. The three stories follow the emotional turmoil, the hopes and disappointments, and loneliness experienced by the characters. But this is a quiet introspective Continue reading

ALLIED

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Robert Zemeckis Stars: Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard, Jared Harris, Simon McBurney, Lizzy Caplan, August Diehl, Matthew Goode, Thierry Fremont. This old-fashioned World War Two set romantic drama from director Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump, Castaway, etc) tries to be a Casablanca for the twenty first century. But it is also the film that brought Brad Pitt and costar Marion Cotillard together and sparked rumours that their on screen romance continued after the cameras stopped rolling. It is a bit like Mr And Mrs Smith, the romantic Continue reading

THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E.

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Guy Ritchie Stars: Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander, Elizabeth Debecki, Hugh Grant, Jared Harris, Luca Calvani, Sylvester Groth, Christian Berkel. Created in the wake of the massive success of the Bond films, the popular television series The Man From U.N.C.L.E. which ran from 1964-1968, was just one of many such spy stories that grew out of the Cold War tensions of the era. It followed the exploits of agents Napoleon Solo (played by Robert Vaughn) and Illya Kuryakin (played by David McCallum) who tackled the nefarious plans Continue reading

POLTERGEIST

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Gil Kenan Stars: Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Jared Harris, Jane Adams, Nicholas Braun, Saxon Sharbino, Kyle Catlett, Kennedi Clements, Susan Heyward. This is an unnecessary remake of the 1982 horror film of the same name, and it shows that Hollywood studios are basically lacking in originality and imagination. While this remake basically adheres to the story of the original it adds little beyond some CGI special effects and modern touches. The original film was written by Steven Spielberg and directed by Tobe Hooper (of The Texas Continue reading

SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Guy Ritchie Stars: Robert Downey jr, Jude Law, Noomi Rapace, Jared Harris, Stephen Fry, Rachel McAdams. The name is Holmes, Sherlock Holmes. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s fictitious sleuth used his considerable powers of deduction, not brawn or violence, to solve crimes. Fans of the detective would have been horrified at the way in which British director Guy Ritchie (Snatch, Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels, etc) has messed with the tone of the character, turning him into an action hero in 2009’s bloated Sherlock Holmes. There Continue reading