THE PARTY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Sally Potter Stars: Kristin Scott Thomas, Patricia Clarkson, Timothy Spall, Cillian Murphy, Emily Mortimer, Cherry Jones, Bruno Ganz. Not to be confused with Blake Edwards’ hilarious slapstick Tatiesque comedy from 1968 that starred Peter Sellers as an accident prone Indian actor who ruins a swank Hollywood party, this black comedy and social satire comes from director Sally Potter. With films like Orlando and The Tango Lesson to her credit, Potter has long been a favourite on the art house and film festival circuit. But this may Continue reading

TOMB RAIDER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Roar Uthaug Stars: Alicia Vikander, Walton Goggins, Dominic West, Daniel Wu, Kristin Scott Thomas, Derek Jacobi, Nick Frost. Raider of the Lost Tomb? This is a reboot of the franchise based on the popular video game that launched an obvious attempt to create a female variation on the daring archaeologist Indiana Jones. The Tomb Raider series was first brought to the screen in 2001 with Oscar winner Angelina Jolie playing the kick-arse heroine Lara Croft. But it has been dormant since 2003’s disappointing sequel Cradle Of Life. Continue reading

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