THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Lasse Hallstrom, Joe Johnston Stars: Mackenzie Foy, Keira Knightley, Helen Mirren, Matthew MacFadyen, Richard E Grant, Eugenio Derbez, Morgan Freeman, Jayden Fowora-Knight, Ellie Bamber, Misty Copeland, Sergei Polunin. Originally choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov with a score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, and premiering in 1892, The Nutcracker is one of the most popular ballets of all time. The libretto for the ballet was adapted from E T A Hoffmann’s story The Nutcracker And The Mouse King. Now Disney has brought The Continue reading

A DOG’S PURPOSE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Lasse Hallstrom Stars: Dennis Quaid, Josh Gad, Peggy Lipton, Luke Kirby, John Ortiz, Bryce Gheisar, K J Apa, Britt Robertson, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Pooch Hall, Logan Miller.   What is a dog’s purpose? Is it to provide companionship, to help us overcome grief and loneliness, or is it to help us find fulfilment and purpose in our own lives? These questions will be answered in this heart-warming and slightly mawkish feel good family friendly film based on the 2010 bestseller by W Bruce Cameron, best known for his book 8 Continue reading

THE HUNDRED FOOT JOURNEY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Lasse Hallstrom Stars: Helen Mirren, Om Puri, Manish Dayal, Charlotte Le Bon. We've already had a tasty mix of spicy Indian food and a tantalising romance earlier in the year with the low key drama The Lunchbox, and we had the irresistible foodie delight with Jon Favreau's Chef. Now we get another winning combination of mouthwatering food and romance in the latest film from Swedish born director Lasse Hallstrom (My Life As A Dog, What's Eating Gilbert Grape, etc). Hallstrom creates generally feel good films and romantic dramas like Continue reading

THE SHIPPING NEWS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Lasse Hallstrom Stars: Judi Dench, Kevin Spacey, Julianne Moore, Cate Blanchett, Pete Postlethwaite, Scott Glenn, Rhys Ifans, Gordon Pinsent. Previous literary adaptations from the potent combination of Miramax and Lasse Hallstrom (Chocolat, The Cider House Rules, etc) have attracted award nominations and critical acclaim, and their latest joint effort will probably be no exception. Based on the acclaimed novel by Annie Proulx, The Shipping News is another example of the beautifully shot, literate adaptation that Miramax does so Continue reading

CHOCOLAT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Lasse Hallstrom Stars: Juliette Binoche, Victoire Thivisol, Alfred Molina, Carrie-Anne Moss, Lena Olin, Judi Dench, Peter Stormare, John Wood, Leslie Caron, Johnny Depp Here we go again! Another charming fable that explores the magical healing powers of food, Lasse Hallstrom's Choclat follows in the same vein as the wonderful Like Water For Chocolate, although there is a harder edge here. Audiences may also find this film more nourishing and stimulating than the recent Woman On Top. C hocolat is set in the quaint, pictureque Continue reading