FIRST MAN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Damien Chazelle Stars: Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler, Pablo Schreiber, Christopher Abbott, Ethan Embry, Patrick Fugit, Olivia Hamilton, Ciaran Hinds, Corey Stoll, Shea Whigham, Lukas Haas. Oscar winning filmmaker Damien Chazelle has quite a resume to his credit. He who gave us the superb drama Whiplash, which was my top film of 2014. He followed that with La La Land, a colourful and kitsch homage to the old Hollywood musicals of yesteryear, but I was not quite as enamoured with it as many other critics seemed Continue reading

GAME NIGHT

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein Stars: Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Kyle Chandler, Billy Magnussen, Sharon Horgan, Lomorne Morris, Kylie Bunbury, Jesse Plemons, Danny Huston, Michael C Hall, Jeffery Wright. This enjoyable mix of action and comedy from the team behind films like Horrible Bosses is like David Fincher’s The Game crossed with Date Night. A group of friends regularly meet every Saturday night for some old-fashioned fun, playing old school board games and charades. Continue reading

MANCHESTER BY THE SEA

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Kenneth Lonergan Stars: Casey Affleck, Lucas Hedges, Michelle Williams, Kyle CHandler, Tate Donovan, Gretchen Mol, Matthew Broderick, Stephen Henderson. Manchester By The Sea is writer/director Kenneth Lonergan’s first film since Margaret, his troubled 2005 drama that was shelved for several years while embroiled in legal disputes. But his latest film marks a welcome return as this moving drama about grief and redemption has become one of the highly-favoured films in the lead up to the annual awards season. Lonergan delves into Continue reading

CAROL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Todd Haynes Stars: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Kyle Chandler, Jake Lacy, Sarah Paulson, John Magaro, Kevin Crowley, Sadie Heim. Director Todd Haynes returns to the morally conservative America of the 1950s for this nicely observed, sensitive, insightful and introspective coming of age story and intimate exploration of a female relationship, gender, loneliness, and queer sexuality in conservative America. But this moody story of forbidden love is largely a character driven piece, and has a different texture and feel than Haynes' earlier Continue reading

SUPER 8

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: J J Abrams Stars: Kyle Chandler, Joel Courtney, Riley Griffiths, Elle Fanning, Noah Emmerich, Ryan Lee. Super 8 is a B-movie with an A-grade budget and production values. J J Abrams’ monster movie is a wonderfully entertaining blend of horror and sci-fi cliches mixed with the awe and wonder of films like Spielberg’s ET and Close Encounters, together with the boy’s own adventure sensibility and coming of age themes of films like The Goonies and Stand By Me. It also deals with the transcendental power of movies to heal and Continue reading