THE PROMISE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Terry George Stars: Oscar Isaac, Christian Bale, Charlotte Le Bon, Marwan Kenzari, Shorheh Aghdashloo, James Cromwell, Jean Reno, Tom Hollander, Angela Sarafyan, Numan Acar, Igal Naor, Tamer Hassan. Political filmmaker Terry George delves into the mass murder of Armenian citizens in his new film The Promise. George wears his heart on his sleeve, and has tackled big subjects before, such as the issue of IRA hunger strikers in his 1996 drama Some Mother’s Sons and the 1994 mass genocide in Rwanda in his 2004 drama Hotel Rwanda. His Continue reading

HECTOR AND THE SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Peter Chelsom Stars: Simon Pegg, Rosamund Pike, Stellan Skarsgard, Toni Collette, Christopher Plummer, Jean Reno, Barry Atsma, Togo Igawa, Veronica Ferres, Ming Zhao. The title sounds like this should be a fanciful children's story, but this mix of comedy and drama is more adult in its themes. A German and Canadian co-production, Hector And The Search For Happiness is an adaptation of the novel written by French psychiatrist Francois Lelord. It stars Simon Pegg as the eponymous hero, a psychiatrist who has grown disillusioned and Continue reading

THE ROUND UP

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Roselyn Bosche Stars: Jean Reno, Hugo Leverdez, Melanie Laurent, Gad Elmaleh, Udo Schenk. This powerful and deeply moving film depicts one of the most shocking and shameful episodes of French history. In the early hours of July 16, 1942 the French police, at the direction of the Nazis, rounded up thousands of Jewish citizens and detained them in appalling conditions in the Paris Velodrome for several days. The detainees were then shipped to a camp outside Paris for a period of time before they were subsequently transported to Continue reading

ROLLERBALL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: John McTiernan Stars; Chris Klein, Jean Reno, LL Cool J, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos. John McTiernan's remake of Norman Jewison's 1975 sci-fi film Rollerball is a rather tedious and pointless exercise, that also ranks as one of the worst movies released so far this year. A decade ago, McTiernan had established a reputation as an exciting director of impressive action sequences (Die Hard, The Hunt For Red October, etc), but this is a rather pedestrian and lack lustre effort. Any expectations that McTiernan would bring cutting edge 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