HERCULES

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Brett Ratner Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Rufus Sewell, Ian McShane, John Hurt, Peter Mullan, Joseph Fiennes, Aksel Hennie, Ingrid Bolso Berdal, Reece Ritchie, Tobias Santelmann, Rebecca Ferguson, Isaac Andrews, Joe Anderson, Nicholas Moss. Having endured numerous other dire films about Greek Gods, demi-gods and warriors fighting to save their precious kingdoms from attacking enemies (300: Rise Of An Empire, Clash Of The Titans and its risible sequel, and especially Renny Harlin's recent awful Legend Of Hercules, etc) I had low expectations Continue reading

TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY

  Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Tomas Alfredson Stars: Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Mark Strong, John Hurt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hardy, Toby Jones, Ciaran Hinds, David Dencik. Novelist John Le Carre was previously an agent with Britain’s MI6, and he drew upon his experience to bring a touch of realism to his gritty spy novels. They were far removed from the world of Bond – no exotic locations, buxom women, lots of chases, action, and a megalomaniacal villain intent on conquering the world. Rather his spies are world weary, cynical bureaucrats Continue reading

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 1

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: David Yates Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Ralph Fiennes, Bill Nighy, Timothy Spall, Jason Isaacs, Rhys Ifans, John Hurt, Helen McCrory, Imelda Staunton, Michael Gambon, Peter Mullan . “These are dark times,” remarks a character in this seventh installment of the lucrative Harry Potter franchise. Indeed, it’s time for Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) and his best friends Hermione (Emma Watson) and Ron (Rupert Grint) to put away childish things as they are thrust into a more adult world away from the comforts and Continue reading

LOVE AND DEATH ON LONG ISLAND

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Richard Kwietniowski Stars: John Hurt, Jason Priestley, Fiona Loewi, Sheila Hancock, Maury Chaykin. From first time writer/director Richard Kwietniowski comes this droll, delightfully entertaining and dry fish out of water tale. Based on Gilbert Adair's cult novel, long thought to be unfilmable, Love And Death On Long Island is also a contemporary, lightweight reworking of Death In Venice, albeit with a far more comic bent. Giles De 'Ath (John Hurt) is a reclusive, high brow British novelist, who disdains much of the technology of Continue reading