THE ONLY LIVING BOY IN NEW YORK

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Marc Webb Stars: Callum Turner, Kate Beckinsale, Pierce Brosnan, Cynthia Nixon, Jeff Bridges, Kiersey Clemons, Wallace Shawn, Tate Donovan, Anh Duong, Debi Mazar, Bill Camp. Taking its title from a Simon and Garfunkel song, The Only Living Boy In New York is a gentle coming of age drama that explores themes of family, love and relationships and the messy nature of life. The film follows the story of Thomas Webb (played by British actor and model Callum Turner, from Green Room, etc), a naive young man Continue reading

HELL OR HIGH WATER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: David Mackenzie Stars: Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Gil Birmingham, Dale Dickey, Buck Taylor, Katy Mixon, Debrianna Mansini. This blend of heist movie and contemporary western comes from British director David Mackenzie (the violent prison film Starred Up), who gives us a rather bleak picture of an economically depressed dustbowl area in rural Texas, where family farms are falling into disuse and disrepair and the roads are lined with signs offering debt relief. When the bank threatens to foreclose on their family farm, Continue reading

SEVENTH SON

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Sergei Bodrov Stars: Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore, Ben Barnes, Alicia Vikander, Djimon Hounsou, Kit Harington, Olivia Williams, Antje Traue, John Desantis, Jason Scott Lee. Jeff Bridges will forever be the "dude" from The Big Lebowski. But since winning an Oscar a couple of years ago for Crazy Heart he seems determined to piss away whatever cinematic goodwill he has left with special effects laden sci-fi/fantasy stinkers like The Giver and the awful R.I.P.D. And now there is this silly and generic medieval swords, sorcery and dragons Continue reading

THE GIVER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Phillip Noyce Stars: Brenton Thwaites, Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Alexander Skarsgard, Katie Holmes, Odeya Rush, Meryl Streep, Cameron Monaghan. A lot of young adult novels and their subsequent film adaptations now seem to be following a formula and a well established template. Sometime after an apocalyptic event (war, virus, whatever) has laid waste to life as we know it, seemingly utopian and efficiently functioning societies have sprung up that try to bring order out of chaos and rebuild communities that survive and prosper. These Continue reading

TRUE GRIT

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Joel and Ethan Coen Stars: Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, Hailee Steinfeld, Barry Pepper. "Fill your hands with lead, you sons of bitches!" Rooster Cogburn, the ornery, tough-as-nails, drunken, one-eyed US marshal dispensing his own brand of justice in the wild west is arguably John Wayne’s most iconic role in a long career (and the one for which he won his only Oscar). The sight of him galloping across the plain, reins stuck in his mouth and both guns blazing away, is unforgettable. So it was natural to wonder what Continue reading