MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Kenneth Branagh Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Michelle Pfeiffer, Johnny Depp, Willem Dafoe, Daisy Ridley, Josh Gad, Judi Dench, Olivia Colman, Penelope Cruz, Leslie Odom jr, Lucy Boynton, Sergei Polunin, Tom Bateman, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo. Strangers On A Train? Agatha Christie is the world's best-selling author, having sold some 2 billion copies of her crime and mystery novels. She has written 66 novels, 33 of which feature her famous creation, the arrogant, fastidious and brilliant Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot. Many of her books Continue reading

DUNKIRK

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Christopher Nolan Stars: Fionn Whitehead, Mark Rylance, Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, B arry Keoghan, Tom Glynn-Carney, Damien Bonnard, Aneurin Barnard, James D'Arcy, Jack Lowden. Films like Saving Private Ryan and Hacksaw Ridge have given us gritty, visceral and harrowing depictions of the horrors and carnage of war, and the senseless loss of young lives, and they have raised the bar of the war movie genre. With his latest film Dunkirk, writer/director Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight trilogy, Inception, etc) again Continue reading

CINDERELLA

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Kenneth Branagh Stars: Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden, Holliday Grainger, Sophie McShera, Derek Jacobi, Stellan Skarsgaard, Nonso Anozi, Helena Bonham Carter, Ben Chaplin, Hayley Atwell, Rob Brydon. This is a superb and visually stunning live action retelling of the classic and timeless fairy tale that has become one of Disney's most enduring and beloved animated films. But will this version stand the test of time like Disney's animated classic and still be fondly remembered when it is over 60 years old? There have been 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

MY WEEK WITH MARILYN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Simon Curtis Stars: Michelle Williams, Eddie Redmayne, Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench, Julia Ormond, Dougray Scott. Hollywood created a superstar, but fame was the steep price Marilyn Monroe had to pay for her image. There are lots of apocryphal stories concerning the behaviour of legendary film star Marilyn Monroe, from her messy personal life to her erratic behaviour on set. The two most famous examples of her diva-like behaviour on set concern her movies The Prince And The Showgirl (1957) and the classic comedy Some Like It Continue reading