OVERLORD

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Julius Avery Stars: Wyatt Russell, Bokeem Woodbine, Jovan Adepo, John Magaro, Jacob Anderson, Pilou Asbaek, Mathilde Olivier, Iain DeCaestecker, Gianny Taufer, Erich Redman, Dominic Applewhite. Overlord follows a platoon of US soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division who parachute into occupied France on the eve of the D-Day invasion on the beaches of Normandy to liberate Europe from the Nazi tyranny. Their mission is to infiltrate a small French village and destroy a radio transmitter located in the steeple of a church. The success Continue reading

JOURNEY’S END

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Saul Dibb Stars: Sam Claflin, Asa Butterfield, Paul Bettany, Toby Jones, Tom Sturridge, Stephen Graham, Rupert Wickham. A timely release sees this powerful and moving drama about the horrors of war, the senseless slaughter of a generation of young men, and the futility of it all, reach our screens to commemorate the centenary of the end of WWI, “the war to end all wars.” Journey’s End is an unflinchingly honest and raw look at the awful conditions of life in the trenches for the soldiers, and immerses audiences in the mud, the Continue reading

FREE FIRE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ben Wheatley Stars: Cillian Murphy, Sharlto Copley, Armie Hammer, Brie Larson, Michael Smiley, Sam Riley, Jack Reynor, Noah Taylor, Enzo Cilenti, Babou Ceesay, Patrick Bergin. While certainly ambitious in endeavour, the setup for Free Fire is simplicity itself. Boston 1978. Two groups meet in a deserted dockside warehouse to conduct a deal to buy guns. On one side of the deal are Irishmen Chris (Cillian Murphy, from Peaky Blinders, etc) and Frank (Michael Smiley), and on the other side a gang led by the dapper Vernon (South Continue reading

HIGH-RISE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ben Wheatley Stars: Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, Luke Walker, Elisabeth Moss, James Purefoy, Bill Paterson, Keeley Hawes, Sienna Guillory, Peter Fernando, Enzo Cilenti. J G Ballard's prescient dystopian 1975 novel High-Rise was a bleak allegory for the class warfare and decline of civilization and the breakdown of society. Ballard wrote the novel in the 70s during a period of tumultuous upheaval in the social fabric of Britain before the economic downturn and rampant unionism drove Thatcher's conservatives into Continue reading