RED SPARROW

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Francis Lawrence Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Matthias Shoenaerts, Charlotte Rampling, Jeremy Irons, Ciaran Hinds, Joely Richardson, Bill Camp, Mary-Louise Parker, Douglas Hodge, Sergei Polunin, Thekla Reuten. A violent and brutal spy thriller, Red Sparrow follows quickly on the heels of last year’s tough Atomic Blonde, and serves up another strong female centric spy story. But there’s also a touch of Luc Besson’s La Femme Nikita to Red Sparrow. The violence here is brutal almost Continue reading

IT COMES AT NIGHT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Trey Edwardes Shults Stars: Joel Edgerton, Carme Ejogo, Kelvin Harrison jr, Christopher Abbott, Riley Keogh, Griffin Robert Faulkner. Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the woods comes this extremely low budget horror film from the US. It Comes At Night is not your traditional slasher/monster horror film but it is surprisingly effective and unsettling. It Comes At Night is more of a psychological thriller that develops an atmosphere of fear and suspicion and it follows nicely in the footsteps of other recent low Continue reading

MIDNIGHT SPECIAL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jeff Nichols Stars: Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Jaeden Lieberher, Adam Driver, Sam Shepard, Bill Camp. Jeff Nichols' previous two films - Take Shelter and Mud - were impressive and established his reputation as a director to watch. Mud in particular was a southern Gothic thriller that cemented Matthew McConaughey's reputation as a serious dramatic actor and appeared on many critics' best of list for 2012. The film also began with a limited art house release before positive word of mouth saw it gain a wider release. Continue reading

BLACK MASS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Scott Cooper Stars: Johnny Depp, Joel Edgerton, Kevin Bacon, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jesse Plemmons, Rory Cochrane, Julianne Nicholson, Dakota Johnson, Peter Sarsgaard, Corey Stoll, Adam Scott, W Earl Brown, Bill Camp, Juno Temple. Based on the book written by journalists Dick Lehr and Gerard O'Neill, Black Mass explores the biggest scandal in the FBI's history when an ambitious FBI agent made a deal with a notorious gangster that eventually backfired. Black Mass looks at the rise of the notorious Jimmy "Whitey" Bulger, a thug who rose to Continue reading

LIFE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Anton Corbijn Stars: Dane DeHaan, Robert Pattinson, Joel Edgerton, Ben Kingsley, Alessandro Mastronardi. In 1955, photographer Robert Stock took that iconic photograph of actor James Dean strolling through the rain in Times Square. It was a photograph that immortalised the young star and created a timeless image of the actor's brooding presence and rebellious nature. This Australian-Canadian co-production, written by Australian novelist Luke Davies (Candy, etc) tells the story behind that iconic photograph and the brief, unusual and Continue reading