THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Lasse Hallstrom, Joe Johnston Stars: Mackenzie Foy, Keira Knightley, Helen Mirren, Matthew MacFadyen, Richard E Grant, Eugenio Derbez, Morgan Freeman, Jayden Fowora-Knight, Ellie Bamber, Misty Copeland, Sergei Polunin. Originally choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov with a score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, and premiering in 1892, The Nutcracker is one of the most popular ballets of all time. The libretto for the ballet was adapted from E T A Hoffmann’s story The Nutcracker And The Mouse King. Now Disney has brought The Continue reading

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg Stars: Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem, Geoffrey Rush, Brenton Thwaites, Kaya Scodelario, Kevin McNally, Golshifteh Farahani, David Wenham, Bruce Spence, Stephen Graham, Martin Klebba, Adam Brown, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Paul McCartney. Pirates just want to have fun! This is the fifth instalment in the successful film franchise originally based on the Pirates Of The Caribbean theme ride at Disneyland, and the series has so far grossed over $3.7 billion at the box office, making it one of the Continue reading

JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Kenneth Branagh Stars: Chris Pine, Kevin Costner, Keira Knightley, Kenneth Branagh. Chris Pine is obviously the go-to guy at the moment for filmmakers planning on rebooting lucrative franchises. Having previously played Captain Kirk in J J Abrams' reboot of the Star Trek franchise, Pine now tackles Tom Clancy's heroic CIA analyst Jack Ryan. Pine follows in the footsteps of Alec Baldwin who played Ryan in The Hunt For Red October, Harrison Ford who played him in Patriot Games and Clear And Present Danger, and Ben Affleck who starred in Continue reading

NEVER LET ME GO

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Mark Romanek Stars: Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield, Isobel Meikle-Small, Charlie Rowe, Ella Purnell, Charlotte Rampling, Sally Hawkins. At first glance the rustic Hailsham seems like a typically privileged English boarding school, where orphaned students are raised by strict teachers and prepared for their future. But as we quickly learn, Hailsham has a far more sinister plan for its alumni. A few decades ago, scientists cured all diseases and developed a way to extend the human life span beyond 100 years. Continue reading