BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Drew Goddard Stars: Jeff Bridges, Jon Hamm, Chris Hemsworth, Cynthia Erivo, Dakota Johnson, Lewis Pullman, Cailee Spaeny, Nick Offerman, Shea Whigham, Xavier Dolan. The El Royale hotel straddles the border between California and Nevada, and guests can have a choice of staying in the California suites, which offer warmth or the Nevada rooms which seem to offer a bridge between the past and a brand-new future. It is 1969, the tail end of darker and turbulent period of American history with Richard Nixon in the White House. J Edgar Continue reading

ONLY THE BRAVE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Joseph Kosinski Stars: Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jeff Bridges, Taylor Kitsch, James Badge Dale, Alex Russell, Andie MacDowell, Geoff Stults, Thad Luckinbill, Ben Hardy, Scott Haze. There have been a few great films about heroic firefighters, and the best of them is, arguably, Ron Howard's Backdraft. Other great films about firefighters have included Irwin Allen's star-studded disaster movie The Towering Inferno and the 1968 Hellfighters, which starred John Wayne as fictitious version of the legendary Red Continue reading

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