MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Josie Rourke Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, Guy Pearce, David Tennant, Ian Hart, Joe Alwyn, Simon Russell Beale, Jack Lowden, Ismael Cruz Cordova. The tale of the rivalry between Scottish queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth I, has been told on screen many times before, most notably in the lavish but dull 1971 film Mary, Queen Of Scots, which starred Oscar winners Glenda Jackson and Vanessa Redgrave. This latest version is something of a revisionist take on the story as it suggests that Elizabeth and Mary actually met while she Continue reading

THE FAVOURITE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Yorgos Lanthimos Stars: Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz, Emma Stone, Nicholas Houkt, Joe Alwyn, Mark Gatiss, Jennifer White, James Smith. With films like The Lobster and The Killing Of A Sacred Deer to his credit, idiosyncratic Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos has become something of a critic’s favourite and a darling of the art house circuit. But his latest film, the arch and blackly comedic period piece/costume drama The Favourite is something of a change of pace, his most ambitious film to date, and, arguably, his most Continue reading

BOY ERASED

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Joel Edgerton Stars: Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, Joel Edgerton, Flea, Joe Alwyn, Troye Sivan, Xavier Dolan, William Ngo. This is the second film to hit our screens in as many months to deal with the controversial subject of gay conversion therapy and the potential damage it can cause among the vulnerable and confused teens it aims to help. The first was Desiree Akhavan’s Sundance award winning drama The Miseducation Of Cameron Post, which starred Chloe Grace Moretz as a teen sent to a gay conversion camp. That film 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

BILLY LYNN’S LONG HALFTIME WALK

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ang Lee Stars: Joe Alwyn, Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart, Steve Martin, Vin Diesel, Chris Tucker, Mason Lee, Arturo Castro, Beau Knapp, Makenzie Leigh, Tim Blake Nelson. This new film from three time Oscar winning director Ang Lee is a bit of a disappointment given his impressive resume that includes Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, the heartbreaking gay romance Brokeback Mountain, and the visually impressive Life Of Pi. Based on the acclaimed 2012 satirical novel written by Ben Fountain, and adapted by first time screenwriter Continue reading