DARKEST HOUR

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Joe Wright Stars: Gary Oldman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Lily James, Ben Mendelsohn, Ronald Pickup, Stephen Dillane, Samuel West, Adrian Rawlings, David Strathairn. Joe Wright’s Darkest Hour is the second high profile film this year to explore the controversial war time record of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who has been regarded as one of the greatest Britons ever in history. We first saw Brian Cox play him in Churchill, which was set around the lead up to the D-Day invasion of France, in which Churchill was consumed by 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

LOVE CRIME

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Alain Corneau Stars: Ludvine Seigner, Kristin Scott Thomas, Guillaume Marquet, Patrick Mille. Talk about your horrible bosses! Love Crime is a solid but low key psychological drama about office politics, backstabbing colleagues, power struggles, ambition, sexual politics, vengeance, and getting away with murder. Co-written with Nathalie Carter, the film offers a darker twist on the sort of office rivalry that drove films like Mike Nichols’ black comedy Working Girl. Ludivine Seigner (Swimming Pool, etc) plays the hard working Continue reading

LIFE AS A HOUSE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Irwin Winkler Stars: Kevin Kline, Kristin Scott Thomas, Hayden Christensen, Jamey Sheridan, Mary Steenburgen, Jena Malone While the title may not exactly sound riveting, Life As A House is a moving and beautifully written drama that explores a number of serious and important themes with surprising honesty and intelligence - themes like family, death, alienation, teenage angst, the inability to change or escape the past, and the healing power of love. George (Kevin Kline) is an architect who is sacked from his job after 26 Continue reading