SUBURBICON

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: George Clooney Stars: Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, Oscar Isaac, Noah Jupe, Mickey D Cohen, Glenn Fleshler, Gary Basraba. Set in a neat, homogenous suburban neighbourhood, this deft mix of black comedy, film noir crime thriller and social commentary lays bare the darker underbelly of 50s America, exposing a seething hotbed of racism and violence. With its elements of infidelity, murder, insurance fraud and blackmail, Suburbicon is steeped in the tropes of the classic noir films of the 40s, particularly the likes of Double Indemnity Continue reading

MAGGIE’S PLAN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Rebecca Miller Stars: Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke, Julianne Moore, Travis Fimmel, Bill Hader, Maya Rudolph, Wallace Shawn. I find Greta Gerwig an annoying screen presence, especially given her penchant for playing flighty, self-centred and kooky characters in those quirky New York based hipster romantic comedies from the likes of Noah Baumbach with whom she has regularly collaborated (Frances Ha, etc). Those annoying and irritating characteristics that were especially grating in the recent Mistress America are to the fore again in Continue reading

SEVENTH SON

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Sergei Bodrov Stars: Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore, Ben Barnes, Alicia Vikander, Djimon Hounsou, Kit Harington, Olivia Williams, Antje Traue, John Desantis, Jason Scott Lee. Jeff Bridges will forever be the "dude" from The Big Lebowski. But since winning an Oscar a couple of years ago for Crazy Heart he seems determined to piss away whatever cinematic goodwill he has left with special effects laden sci-fi/fantasy stinkers like The Giver and the awful R.I.P.D. And now there is this silly and generic medieval swords, sorcery and dragons Continue reading

STILL ALICE

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmloreland Stars: Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kate Bosworth, Kristen Stewart, Hunter Parrish, Shane McCrae. Julianne Moore has consistently delivered wonderful, nuanced and brilliant performances throughout her career, and she thoroughly deserves an Oscar. She has previously been unsuccessful from four nominations, but her fifth nomination, for Still Alice, could be the one that finally sees her receive her due reward. Moore plays Alice Howland, a renowned linguistics professor who begins to suffer from Continue reading

NONSTOP

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jaume Collet-Serra Stars: Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Linus Roache, Corey Stoll, Michelle Dockery, Lupita Nyong'o, Scoot McNairy, Omar Metwally. Nonstop is not the type of film you want to sit through if you're planning on flying anywhere in the near future. But otherwise it is a slick, efficiently directed suspense thriller set on a trans-Atlantic flight. An aeroplane makes for a claustrophobic and unsettling setting for a thriller, and has been used before in films like Passenger 57, Red Eye, Flightplan, even the superbly titled Continue reading