EVEREST

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Baltasar Kormakur Stars: Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, Jake Gyllenhaal, John Hawkes, Emily Watson, Martin Henderson, Sam Worthington, Michael Kelly, Kiera Knightley, Robin Wright, Elizabeth Debecki, Thomas M Wright, Naoko Mori. I've never particularly been interested in climbing a mountain, and after seeing this dramatic feature about a tragic attempt to climb Mt Everest in 1996, I have even less interest. Although paradoxically many who watch the film may somehow be inspired to take up the challenge. Since Edmund Hillary conquered Mt Continue reading

LIFE OF CRIME

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Daniel Schecter Stars: Jennifer Aniston, John Hawkes, yasiin bey, Tim Robbins, Isla Fisher, Mark Boone Junior, Will Forte, Charlie Tahan. The gritty crime novels of the late, great and prolific Elmore Leonard feature a colourful cast of inept, low life crooks who are usually out of their depth and caught up in ambitious but half-baked crooked enterprises that inevitably go awry. Leonard's dialogue is droll and snappy and his prose style is inherently cinematic, which means they should lend themselves to the big screen. But it takes a Continue reading

HIGHER GROUND

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Vera Farmiga Stars: Vera Farmiga, Boyd Holbrook, Nina Ariadna, Dagmara Dominczyk, John Hawkes, Joshua Leonard, Taissa Farmiga. Vera Farmiga (from The Departed, Up In The Air, etc) makes her directorial debut with this intimate but slow moving drama about religion, life, love, spiritual enlightenment and a crisis of faith. The film is based on the best selling memoir This Dark World, written by Carolyn B Spriggs. Farmiga plays the deeply devout Corinne Walker, who struggles with her religious beliefs over the course of three Continue reading