LOVE & MERCY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Bill Pohland Stars: Paul Dano, John Cusack, Elizabeth Banks, Paul Giamatti, Bill Camp, Kenny Wormald, Jake Abel, Brett Davern, Max Schneider, Joanna Going, Graham Rogers, Diana Maria Riva. This is an unconventional biopic of Brian Wilson, the songwriter and creative driving force behind 60s band The Beach Boys, whose songs of sun, surf and summer epitomised the California sound. Most biopics of musicians tend to explore their darker side as well as look at that fine line between genius and madness and Love & Mercy is no exception. 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 clichéd, 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