PATRIOTS DAY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Peter Berg Stars: Mark Wahlberg, John Goodman, Kevin Bacon, J K Simmons, Christopher O'Shea, Michelle Monaghan, Alex Wolff, Themo Melikidze, Rachel Brosnahan, Jake Picking, Jimmy O Yang, Melissa Benoist, James Colby, Michael Beach, Adam Trese, Khandi Alexander. Is it too soon for a film depicting the 2013 terrorist bombing of the annual Boston Marathon? Some would probably say yes and suggest that the film touches a nerve that is still pretty raw. But others would argue that a film like Patriots Day treats the subject with Continue reading

BLACK MASS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Scott Cooper Stars: Johnny Depp, Joel Edgerton, Kevin Bacon, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jesse Plemmons, Rory Cochrane, Julianne Nicholson, Dakota Johnson, Peter Sarsgaard, Corey Stoll, Adam Scott, W Earl Brown, Bill Camp, Juno Temple. Based on the book written by journalists Dick Lehr and Gerard O'Neill, Black Mass explores the biggest scandal in the FBI's history when an ambitious FBI agent made a deal with a notorious gangster that eventually backfired. Black Mass looks at the rise of the notorious Jimmy "Whitey" Bulger, a thug who rose to Continue reading

CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Glenn Ficarra and John Requa Stars: Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Kevin Bacon, Marisa Tomei, Julianne Moore. Life is often messy, and Crazy, Stupid, Love reflects the darker side of life and the complex nature of relationships. Crazy, Stupid, Love was written by Dan Fogelman, who is better known for family friendly animated films like Cars and its sequel, Bolt, and the recent Tangled. The film is really heartfelt, and draws upon some painful and personal elements drawn from Fogelman’s own life. This smart and Continue reading

X MEN: FIRST CLASS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Matthew Vaughn Stars: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Jennifer Lawrence, Rose Byrne, Kevin Bacon, January Jones, Lucas Till, Caleb Landry Jones, Edi Gathegi, Oliver Platt, Zoe Kravitz . This fifth film in the X Men franchise is an origin story that takes us back to an earlier time and gives us the backstory of the two central characters Professor X and Magneto. While remaining respectful of its comic book origins, X Men: First Class breathes new life into the franchise. The film is set in the early ‘60s, a Continue reading

THE WOODSMAN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Nicole Kassell Stars: Kevin Bacon, Kyra Sedgwick, Benjamin Bratt, Mos Def, Eve, David Allan Grier. Most films dealing with child molesters and paedophiles usually demonise such characters and treat them as monsters and unrepentant predators. So it is unusual, and very surprising, to find a film brave enough to treat such a character in a sympathetic light. That this provocative and potentially controversial film works so well is due in large measure to the compelling performance from Kevin Bacon, an often under-appreciated actor Continue reading