THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Lasse Hallstrom, Joe Johnston Stars: Mackenzie Foy, Keira Knightley, Helen Mirren, Matthew MacFadyen, Richard E Grant, Eugenio Derbez, Morgan Freeman, Jayden Fowora-Knight, Ellie Bamber, Misty Copeland, Sergei Polunin. Originally choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov with a score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, and premiering in 1892, The Nutcracker is one of the most popular ballets of all time. The libretto for the ballet was adapted from E T A Hoffmann’s story The Nutcracker And The Mouse King. Now Disney has brought The Continue reading

OCTOBER SKY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Joe Johnston Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Cooper, Chris Owen, Laura Dern, William Lee Scott, Chad Lindberg, Chris Ellis. A beautifully wrought, touching and sensitive coming of age tale set in small town America in 1957, October Sky is one of the most satisfying and enjoyable films of this year. This inspiring film is based on the true story of Homer Hickham (played with great insight and charm by Jake Gyllenhaal, from Homegrown, City Slickers, etc), who eventually became a NASA engineer. Homer grew up in Coalwood, West Virginia, Continue reading