MONEY MONSTER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jodie Foster Stars: George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Jack O'Connell, Caitriona Balfe, Giancarlo Esposito, Dominic West, Dennis Boutsikaris, Christopher Denham, Lenny Venito, Chris Bauer, Emily Meade, Aaron Yoo. This thriller about an unusual hostage situation is a sort of Dog Day Afternoon for the post GFC crowd. It also plays to our own innate suspicion and distrust of financiers, bankers and corporate executives who deal in hundreds of millions of dollars from investors, both large and small, but who are rarely held accountable when it Continue reading

THE BEAVER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jodie Foster Stars: Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, Anton Yelchin, Riley Thomas Stewart, Jennifer Lawrence. There have been a number of films dealing with the issue of depression and mental breakdowns, but The Beaver is a challenging film that takes an unusual and bizarre route, and makes for uncomfortable viewing. Jodie Foster’s films as a director (Little Man Tate and 1995’s more comedic and lightweight Home For The Holidays) are shaped by psychological insights into dysfunctional characters and family situations. Her first film as a Continue reading

A VERY LONG ENGAGEMENT.

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet Stars: Audrey Tatou, Gaspard Ulliel, Jean-Pierre Becker, Dominique Bettenfeld, Clovis Cornillac, Marion Cotillard, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Julie Depardieu, Jean-Claude Dreyfus, Andre Dussollier, Jodie Foster, Ticky Holgardo, Tcheky Karyo, Jerome Kircher, Denis Lavant, Chantal Neuwirth, Dominique Pinon, Jean-Paul Rouve, Michele Vuillermoz Visually sumptuous, and spectacular in its sweep and scope, but still possessed of the poetic intimacy of the great romantic dramas like Doctor Zhivago,  A Very Long Engagement Continue reading

PANIC ROOM

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: David Fincher Stars: Jodie Foster, Kristen Stewart, Forest Whitaker, Jared Leto, Dwight Yoakum With its plot of a resourceful woman defending her house against three vicious thugs, Panic Room shares some similarities with classic claustrophobic thrillers like Wait Until Dark and Lady In A Cage, etc. Claustrophobic, recently divorced Meg Altman (Jodie Foster, in a role originally intended for Nicole Kidman) and her diabetic, tomboyish daughter Sarah (Kristen Stewart) move into their new home, a sprawling four storey brownstone Continue reading