NOCTURNAL ANIMALS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Tom Ford Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Isla Fisher, Ellie Bamber, Armie Hammer, Karl Glusman, Laura Linney, Michael Sheen, Jena Malone, Andrea Riseborough, Imogen Waterhouse. The sophomore film from former fashion designer turned director Tom Ford after the Oscar nominated A Single Man, Nocturnal Animals is an austere and fairly bleak drama based on a little known novel Tony And Susan written by Austin Wright in 1993. It is a film that explores concepts of family, love, guilt, revenge, Continue reading

THE NEON DEMON

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Nicolas Winding Refn Stars: Elle Fanning, Jena Malone, Bella Heathcote, Abbey Lee, Christina Hendricks, Keanu Reeves, Alessandro Nivola, Desmond Harrington, Karl Glusman. Danish filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn is no stranger to controversy. He announced himself as a filmmaker to watch with his powerful and gritty Pusher trilogy, and his prison film Bronson, starring Tom Hardy, was a pile driver of a movie. The action thriller Drive, with Ryan Gosling, was embraced by a more mainstream audience, but since then his films seem to have Continue reading

SUCKER PUNCH

Reviewed by GREG KING DIrector: Zack Snyder Stars: Emily Browning, Carla Gugino, Scott Glenn, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Vanessa Hudgens, Jamie Chung. Sucker Punch is a misogynist fantasy, in which scantily clad female warriors kick some major butt in an alternative world. It comes across as a frenzied mish-mash of One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Girl Interrupted and Inception via way of Shutter Island. In some ways Sucker Punch resembles a dark, garish, nightmarish CGI-driven version of the recent Inception. The concept for the film was apparently pitched Continue reading

LIFE AS A HOUSE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Irwin Winkler Stars: Kevin Kline, Kristin Scott Thomas, Hayden Christensen, Jamey Sheridan, Mary Steenburgen, Jena Malone While the title may not exactly sound riveting, Life As A House is a moving and beautifully written drama that explores a number of serious and important themes with surprising honesty and intelligence - themes like family, death, alienation, teenage angst, the inability to change or escape the past, and the healing power of love. George (Kevin Kline) is an architect who is sacked from his job after 26 Continue reading