12 YEARS A SLAVE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Steve McQueen Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Lupita Nyong'o, Michael Fassbender, Alfre Woodard, Scoot McNairy, Michael K Williams, Brad Pitt. The brutal realities of slavery are brought to life in harrowing fashion in this confronting film from British director Steve McQueen. This is the third feature film from the former visual artist turned filmmaker, and is his most assured and affecting drama to date. McQueen explores damaged characters - his first film was Hunger, about IRA hunger striker Continue reading

THREE KINGS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: David O Russell Stars: George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Ice Cube, Spike Jonze, Nora Dunn, Jamie kennedy, Mykelti Williamson, Said Taghmaoui, Cliff Curtis, Liz Stauber, Holt McCallany. In the 1970 war film Kelly's Heroes, Clint Eastwood led a ragtag bunch of soldiers who looted Nazi gold as they made their way across occupied Europe as part of the allied invasion. David O Russell's smart action thriller takes a similar premise, but sets it against the background of the Gulf War of the early 1990's and imbues it with a healthy dose of Continue reading