THE DUKE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Roger Michell Stars: Jim Broadbent, Helen Mirren, Matthew Goode, Fionn Whitehead, James Wilby.   Another film that proves that fact is often stranger than fiction.  In 1961, Kempton Bunton (played here by Oscar winner Jim Broadbent), an eccentric 60-year-old taxi driver, stole a valuable Goya masterpiece from the National Gallery of London. Incensed that the British government had spent £140,000 on purchasing Goya’s portrait of the Duke of Wellington, Kempton stole the painting. He sent ransom notes to the authorities saying Continue reading

PADDINGTON 2

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Paul King Stars: voices of Ben Whishaw, Imelda Staunton, Michael Gambon; Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Hugh Grant, Madeleine Harris, Samuel Joslin, Brendan Gleeson, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi, Tom Conti, Julie Walters, Ben Miller, Richard Ayoade, Joanna Lumley. Paddington, the marmalade loving bear from the wildest jungles of Peru who found a new home in the suburbs of London, was created by the late Michael Bond in 1958. Since then the late author wrote over 100 books about the misadventures of Paddington; they have sold Continue reading

THE SENSE OF AN ENDING

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ritesh Batra Stars: Jim Broadbent, Charlotte Rampling, Harriet Walter, Michelle Dockery, Joe Alwyn, Emily Mortimer, Matthew Goode, Freya Mayo. Based on the 2011 novel written by British author Julian Barnes, The Sense Of An Ending is a meditation on memory, guilt, regret, secrets and repressed emotions and the dark unreliability of nostalgia. The drama was driven by an unreliable narrator and offered up a distorted view of its narrator's personal history. Oscar winner Jim Broadbent (Iris, etc) plays Tony Webster, a Continue reading

BRIDGET JONES’S BABY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Sharon Maguire Stars: Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth, Patrick Dempsey, Emma Thompson, Sarah Solemani, Jim Broadbent, Gemma Jones, Shirley Henderson, Neil Pearson, Sally Phillips, Patrick Malahide, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Ed Sheeran, Enzo Cilenti, Celia Imrie. In 1995 author Helen Fielding created the character of Bridget Jones, a thirty something single professional woman living in London, for a column in London's Independent newspaper. Bridget Jones was an iconic character for single women, and the character became so popular that Continue reading

THE LEGEND OF TARZAN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: David Yates Stars: Alexander Skarsgard, Margot Robbie, Samuel L Jackson, Christoph Waltz, Djimon Hounsou, Jim Broadbent, Ben Chaplin. Created by Edgar Rice Burroughs over a century ago, Tarzan is one of the most popular fictional heroes in literature. The child of English aristocrats, he was raised in the jungles of Africa by apes after the death of his parents. He is intelligent, loyal, strong and courageous and fights against evil and colonial powers in deepest darkest Africa. There are a few similarities between his character Continue reading