GEOSTORM

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Dean Devlin Stars: Gerard Butler, Jim Sturgess, Abbie Cornish, Andy Garcia, Ed Harris, Alexandra Maria Lana, Robert Sheehan, Danial Wu, Talitha Eliana Bateman, Amr Waked, Eugenio Hernandez, Richard Schiff, Mare Winningham. Geostorm is one big dumb sci-fi disaster movie that seems like a distant cousin to Michael Bay's Armageddon. But it is also a lot of escapist fun if you can suspend disbelief for a couple of hours. It stars Gerard Butler, a no-nonsense maverick action here who has in two previous films saved the President of Continue reading

KIDNAPPING MR HEINEKEN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Daniel Alfredson Stars: Jim Sturgess, Sam Worthington, Ryan Kwanten, Anthony Hopkins, David Dencik, Mark van Eeuwen, Thomas Cocquerel. In 1983, five financially strapped businessmen and friends kidnapped Alfred "Freddy" Heineken, the Dutch brewing tycoon and held him for ransom. At the time, the $21 million ransom was the highest ever paid for an individual. To help finance their kidnapping though the five men first robbed a bank in a daring daylight robbery. They constructed a couple of soundproof chambers at the back of a Continue reading

STONEHEARST ASYLUM

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Brad Anderson Stars: Jim Sturgess, Kate Beckinsale, Ben Kingsley, David Thewlis, Michael Caine, Brendan Gleeson, Jason Flemyng, Sinead Cusack, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Edmund Kingsley, Guillaume Delaunay. The inmates have taken over the asylum in this dark and disturbing thriller based on The System Of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether, a short story written by Edgar Allen Poe, a past master of the macabre, in 1844. The story was previously told in the little seen 2005 film Lunacy from Czech director Jan Svankmajer. Despite a strong cast Continue reading

ONE DAY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Lone Scherfig Stars: Anne Hathaway, Jim Sturgess, Patricia Clarkson, Ken Stott. At first this heartbreaking romantic drama seems like a variation of Same Time, Next Year, the 1978 Robert Mulligan drama in which Alan Alda and Ellen Burstyn carried out an illicit affair over the course of 25 years, meeting on the same day every year at a hotel. Based on the novel by David Nichols (Starter For Ten, etc), One Day follows the relationship of two people over the course of twenty years, dropping in on their lives on that same day for Continue reading

THE WAY BACK

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Peter Weir Stars: Jim Sturgess, Ed Harris, Colin Farrell, Saoirse Ronan, Dragos Bucur. Australian director Peter Weir chooses his film projects carefully, and is not interested in empty big budget spectaculars and Hollywood blockbusters, which is why he is not exactly one of the more prolific film makers around. In fact, The Way Back is his first feature film since Master and Commander seven years ago. The Way Back tells the story of a handful of men who escape from a Soviet Gulag in Siberia in the middle of a harsh winter, Continue reading