QUEEN OF THE DESERT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Werner Herzog Stars: Nicole Kidman, James Franco, Robert Pattinson, Damien Lewis, Jenny Agutter, David Calder. This queen of the desert is not a bus named Priscilla. Rather she is a modern thinking, fiercely independent, headstrong and intelligent British woman named Gertrude Bell who is apparently right up there with the famed T E Lawrence as an important figure in contemporary Arab history. An explorer, writer, archaeologist and traveller, she had an enormous impact on the politics of the Middle East at the beginning of the 20th Continue reading

BURKE & HARE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: John Landis Stars: Simon Pegg, Andy Serkis, Christopher Lee, Jenny Agutter, Ronnie Corbett, Tom Wilkinson, Isla Fisher, Tim Curry. This wonderfully entertaining and farcical black comedy about murder and grave robbing hails from the newly reinvigorated Ealing Studios, and it harks back to some of the classics from the studio, like The Ladykillers and Kind Hearts And Coronets. Burke & Hare is set in 1820’s Edinburgh, at a time when surgeons were exploring the frontiers of medical knowledge and expanding their knowledge of Continue reading