RED SPARROW

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Francis Lawrence Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Matthias Shoenaerts, Charlotte Rampling, Jeremy Irons, Ciaran Hinds, Joely Richardson, Bill Camp, Mary-Louise Parker, Douglas Hodge, Sergei Polunin, Thekla Reuten. A violent and brutal spy thriller, Red Sparrow follows quickly on the heels of last year’s tough Atomic Blonde, and serves up another strong female centric spy story. But there’s also a touch of Luc Besson’s La Femme Nikita to Red Sparrow. The violence here is brutal almost Continue reading

MOTHER!

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Darren Aronofsky Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, Michelle Pfeiffer, Domhnall Gleeson, Brian Gleeson, Stephen McHattie, Kristen Wiig. This is the mother of all wtf did I just watch movies for 2017. This paranoid psychological horror thriller is one of the more complicated and divisive films to hit our screens and will polarise audiences. That is probably to be expected from filmmaker Darren Aronofsky though, whose films are deliberately provocative and have explored themes of religion, personal torment, love Continue reading

PASSENGERS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Morten Tyldum Stars: Chris Pratt, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Sheen, Laurence Fishburne, Andy Garcia, voice of Emma Clarke. Passengers is set in a distant future where the Earth has become overcrowded and resources are drying up. The colony spaceship Avalon is making its way towards Homestead II, a distant planet that will become the new home for humans. The journey though will take some 120 years. The crew and some 5000 passengers have been put into a state of frozen suspended animation, due to be awakened on arrival ath their Continue reading

A BEAUTIFUL PLANET

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Toni Myers. This film, shot largely on the International Space Station, makes great use of the 3D format and large IMAX screen to give us some stunning vistas of outer space, but also of the planet Earth. The film also gives us glimpses into the day to day lives and routines of astronauts as they carry out repairs and scientific experiments aboard the claustrophobic confines of the space station. We meet the trio of astronauts - a Russian, and American and an Italian - who have spent six months on the space station Continue reading

SERENA

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Susanne Bier Stars: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Rhys Ifans, Toby Jones, Sean Harris, David Dencik, Ana Ularu, Sam Reid. This downbeat and nihilistic depression era drama is set in a logging camp in North Carolina during the height of the Depression. Despite the dangerous nature of the work there are lots of people looking for work. The camp belongs to George Pemberton (played by Bradley Cooper), who is keen to expand his timber empire and eventually hopes to open up a new logging company in Brazil. Pemberton's logging business is Continue reading