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

WINTER’S TALE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Akiva Goldsman Stars: Colin Farrell, Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Eva Marie Saint, William Hurt, Jessica Findlay Brown. "Magic is everywhere around us, you just have to know where to look," says the narrator of this whimsical fantasy/romance, which has been released in time to cash in on the Valentine's Day goodwill. But it will take more than magic or a miracle for the messy and incoherent Winter's Tale to seduce audiences into going along for the ride. Shakespeare it's not! Set in an alternative New York in the early part of the Continue reading

THE DILEMMA

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ron Howard Stars: Vince Vaughn, Kevin James, Winona Ryder, Channing Tatum, Jennifer Connelly, Queen Latifah. The Dilemma is yet another of those laboured and unfunny comedies about male bonding in which grown ups act in irresponsible and immature fashion. It stars Vince Vaughn and Kevin James as Ronny and Nick, who have been best friends since college. They now run a small mechanical engineering firm that is working on creating an environmentally friendly electric engine that still provides plenty of growl and grunt, like the Continue reading

REQUIEM FOR A DREAM

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Darren Aronofsky Stars: Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, Marlon Wayans, Christopher McDonald, Louise Lasser, Sean Gullette. Darren Aronofsky first burst onto the scene with Pi, his visually exciting but virtually incomprehensible thriller mixing mathematics and paranoia. His second film deals with more emotionally involving material, but is just as visually stunning and disturbingly nihilistic piece of cinema that will shock and confront audiences, much as A Clockwork Orange did thirty years ago. Based on a 1978 Continue reading

INVENTING THE ABBOTTS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Pat O'Connor Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Liv Tyler, Will Patton, Kathy Baker, Billy Crudup, Joanna Going, Jennifer Connelly, Barbara Williams Running Time: 105 minutes. For some reason I was expecting Inventing The Abbotts to be a comedy. However, this new film from Pat O'Connor, director of Circle Of Friends, etc, is a rather dark-edged, albeit clich├ęd, coming of age melodrama set in small town America in the late 1950's. Adapted from a short story written by Sue Miller (The Good Mother, etc), Inventing The Abbotts deals with a Continue reading