ONLY THE BRAVE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Joseph Kosinski Stars: Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jeff Bridges, Taylor Kitsch, James Badge Dale, Alex Russell, Andie MacDowell, Geoff Stults, Thad Luckinbill, Ben Hardy, Scott Haze. There have been a few great films about heroic firefighters, and the best of them is, arguably, Ron Howard's Backdraft. Other great films about firefighters have included Irwin Allen's star-studded disaster movie The Towering Inferno and the 1968 Hellfighters, which starred John Wayne as fictitious version of the legendary Red Continue reading

SICARIO

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Dennis Villeneuve Stars: Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, Benicio del Toro, Victor Garber, Daniel Kaluuya, Jon Bernthal, Jeffrey Donovan, Raoul Trujillo. In Spanish, "sicario" means hitman or assassin. In 2013 Canadian director Dennis Villeneuve gave us the tough and taut claustrophobic thriller Prisoners (starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal), which made many critics' lists of the best films of the year. He returns with this powerful, hard hitting and gritty new thriller that takes a look at the US's war on drugs. It is a war that the US Continue reading

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

TRUE GRIT

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Joel and Ethan Coen Stars: Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, Hailee Steinfeld, Barry Pepper. "Fill your hands with lead, you sons of bitches!" Rooster Cogburn, the ornery, tough-as-nails, drunken, one-eyed US marshal dispensing his own brand of justice in the wild west is arguably John Wayne’s most iconic role in a long career (and the one for which he won his only Oscar). The sight of him galloping across the plain, reins stuck in his mouth and both guns blazing away, is unforgettable. So it was natural to wonder what Continue reading