CRIMES OF THE FUTURE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: David Cronenberg Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Lea Seydoux, Kristen Stewart, Scott Speedman, Don McKellar, Lihi Kornowski, Welket Bungue, Yorgos Pirpassopoulos. In his first film for eight years, David Cronenberg returns to the gruesome and familiar field of body horror with his latest creepy and stomach-churning offering that offers up a mix of sci-fi and horror and revisits many themes that are familiar from some of his films from the 80s and 90s.   Crimes Of The Future is set in a depressing and polluted dystopian brave new world Continue reading

SPENCER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Pablo Larrain Stars: Kristen Stewart, Timothy Spall, Sean Harris, Sally Hawkins, Jack Farthing, Stella Gonet, Jack Nielen, Freddie Spry.   A rather bland and uninvolving speculative look at a critical three days in the life of Diana, Princess of Wales, Spencer is far from a traditional biopic.   The film takes place over three days of Christmas in 1991, before Diana divorced Prince Charles. She had felt increasingly constrained and trapped by the strict adherence to protocol and tradition and felt like she was in a Continue reading

CERTAIN WOMEN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Kelly Reichardt Stars: Laura Dern, Michelle Williams, Kristen Stewart, Lily Gladstone, James Le Gros, Rene Auberjonois, Jared Harris, John Getz. Based on the 2009 short story collection Both Ways Is The Only Way I Want It written by Maile Meloy Certain Women is structured around three stories that briefly intersect. They are all set in the small town of Livingston, Montana. The three stories follow the emotional turmoil, the hopes and disappointments, and loneliness experienced by the characters. But this is a quiet introspective Continue reading

PERSONAL SHOPPER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Olivier Assayas Stars: Kristen Stewart, Lars Eidinger, Sigrid Bouaziz, Nora von Waldstatten, Ty Olwin, Hammou Graia. Kristen Stewart is one of the more interesting actresses of her generation. Following the success of the tween vampire series Twilight, which gave her a higher profile, she has chosen to appear in intriguing and smaller budget art house fare and independent films like Adventureland, Welcome To The Rileys, Still Alice, etc; she played rocker Joan Jett in The Runaways; she has appeared in big budget fantasy films like Continue reading

BILLY LYNN’S LONG HALFTIME WALK

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ang Lee Stars: Joe Alwyn, Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart, Steve Martin, Vin Diesel, Chris Tucker, Mason Lee, Arturo Castro, Beau Knapp, Makenzie Leigh, Tim Blake Nelson. This new film from three time Oscar winning director Ang Lee is a bit of a disappointment given his impressive resume that includes Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, the heartbreaking gay romance Brokeback Mountain, and the visually impressive Life Of Pi. Based on the acclaimed 2012 satirical novel written by Ben Fountain, and adapted by first time screenwriter Continue reading