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

THE FOUNDER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: John Le Hancock Stars: Michael Keaton, Nick Offerman, John Carroll Lynch, Laura Dern, Linda Cardellini, Patrick Wilson, B J Novak, Mike Pniewski. The Founder was inspired by the biography of Ray Kroc, the man who turned a small hamburger stand in San Bernardino California into McDonalds, a fast food empire spanning the globe, employing thousands, and reaping in billions of dollars every year. It feeds approximately 1% of the world's population, and its golden arches are one of the most readily recognised symbols on the planet. How Continue reading

WILD

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jean-Marc Vallee Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Thomas Sadoski, Cliff De Young, Kevin Rankin, W Earl Brown, Gaby Hoffman, Keene McRae, Brian Van Holt. Reese Witherspoon does the walk of life as she embarks on a long journey of self-discovery and redemption. Witherspoon plays Cheryl Strayed, a troubled woman who sets out to walk along the 1700 km Pacific Crest Trail that stretches from Mexico, through the Mojave Desert and to the Canadian Border. But she is unprepared for the arduous journey and the harsh landscape. When she first Continue reading

OCTOBER SKY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Joe Johnston Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Cooper, Chris Owen, Laura Dern, William Lee Scott, Chad Lindberg, Chris Ellis. A beautifully wrought, touching and sensitive coming of age tale set in small town America in 1957, October Sky is one of the most satisfying and enjoyable films of this year. This inspiring film is based on the true story of Homer Hickham (played with great insight and charm by Jake Gyllenhaal, from Homegrown, City Slickers, etc), who eventually became a NASA engineer. Homer grew up in Coalwood, West Virginia, Continue reading