ALIEN COVENANT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ridley Scott Stars: Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Danny McBride, Billy Crudup, Demian Bichir, Nathaniel Dean, Jussie Smollett, Callie Hernandez, Carmen Ejogo, Guy Pearce, James Franco. With 2012’s Prometheus, director Ridley Scott returned to the Alien universe that he created way back in 1979 with the claustrophobic and terrifying Alien. The concept has undergone a number of permutations with various sequels and different directors stamping their mark on the series over forty years. Prometheus was a prequel to Alien Continue reading

SPECTRE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Sam Mendes Stars: Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Lea Seydoux, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Dave Bautista, Andrew Scott, Rory Kinnear, Monica Belluci, Jesper Christensen. I thought that Skyfall was one of the best Bond movies of the past fifty years, so I was eagerly looking forward to the latest instalment in this long running franchise. After all, Skyfall director Sam Mendes was back at the helm. But Spectre was a little disappointing by comparison. At 148 minutes, it is over long and there are a few spots where the pace Continue reading

RANGO

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Gore Verbinski Stars: voices of Johnny Depp, Bill Nighy, Ned Beatty, Timothy Olyphant, Harry Dean Stanton, Alfred Molina, Ray Winstone, Isla Fisher. The spirit of the late, great Sergio Leone runs through this wonderfully entertaining animated spaghetti-style western. Rango contains the usual archetypes of those classic westerns from yesteryear. Thus we get the corrupt and power hungry mayor; the gunslinger who terrorises the town; the feisty rancher who is trying to hold on to her family farm; and the impressionable young kid Continue reading

THE AVIATOR

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Martin Scorsese Stars: Leonardo Di Caprio, Cate Blanchett, Kate beckinsale, John C Reilly, Alec Baldwin, Alan Alda, Ian Holm, Danny Huston, Gwen Stefani, Jude Law, Brent Spiner, Edward Herrmann, Willem Dafoe, Matt Ross, Adam Scott, Kelli Garner, Rufus Wainwright, Loudon Wainwright. Most people who know anything about maverick multi-billionaire Howard Hughes remember the almost pathetic image of the eccentric recluse living in isolation in a Las Vegas hotel, hidden from the world at large and controlled by his numerous phobias. Continue reading