RICKI AND THE FLASH

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jonathan Demme Stars: Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Rick Springfield, Mamie Gummer, Audra McDonald, Sebastian Stan, Nick Westrate. Is there anything that Meryl Streep cannot do? At an age when most actresses find it hard to land meaty roles or substantial character parts, Streep is a chameleon who seems to still be going strong, playing a variety of diverse and challenging roles. A case in point is her new film in which she plays Ricki, a leather clad rocker with a covers band in California. Years earlier she walked out on her middle class Continue reading

MY OLD LADY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Israel Horovitz Stars: Kevin Kline, Maggie Smith, Kristin Scott Thomas, Dominique Pinon, Noemie Lvovsky, Stephane Freiss. Mathias Gold (Kevin Kline) is a thrice divorced, down and out failed writer and suicidal former alcoholic whose life is a mess. A native New Yorker he arrives in Paris intending to sell the spacious apartment he has inherited from his estranged father for some much needed cash. But to his consternation he finds that the apartment is occupied by the feisty 90 year old Mathilde Girard (Maggie Smith) and her daughter Continue reading

JEWISH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2014

by GREG KING. JIFF 2014 brings audiences new films from Israel and Jewish themed films, including award winning films from 43 major international festivals. JIFF is an opportunity to challenge our preconceived ideas on religion, politics, news. The opening night film is the drama Gett: The Trial Of Vivianne Amsalem, about the tribulations faced by a Jewish woman who wants to get a divorce. The film won the Best Film at the Jerusalem Film Festival. There are also a number of Q&A sessions with visiting filmmakers and special events exploring aspects of the Jewish Continue reading

THE CONSPIRATOR

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Robert Redford Stars: Robin Wright, Colm Meaney, Kevin Kline, James McAvoy, Tom Wilkinson, Danny Huston, Evan Rachel Wood, Justin Long. As a director Robert Redford seems to be drawn towards stories that explore his interest in politics, American history and miscarriages of justice. He has found the ideal material in the story of Mary Surratt (Robin Wright), a widow who was arrested and charged alongside many of the key conspirators in the assassination of President Lincoln. The government assumed that because she ran a Continue reading

NO STRINGS ATTACHED

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ivan Reitman Stars: Natalie Portman, Ashton Kutcher, Greta Gerwig, Lake Bell, Kevin Kline, Cary Elwes. Rob Reiner’s classic romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally explored the question of whether two people could remain best friends without sex getting in the way of their relationship. It still remains one of the best examples of this crowded but increasingly bland genre. No Strings Attached turns that film’s central premise on its ear, as it explores a relationship that is based purely on sex, without emotional attachments getting Continue reading