A MONSTER CALLS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: J A Boyona Stars: Lewis MacDougall, Liam Neeson, Felicity Jones, Sigourney Weaver, Toby Kebbell, Geraldine Chaplin. The films of Spanish filmmaker J A Bayona have dealt with families in crisis and children in peril, and they have always had a strong emotional subtext running through them. His previous films have included the horror film The Orphanage, and The Impossible, which told the story of a family affected by the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami. His third feature film is A Monster Calls, a mix of horror and complex coming of age Continue reading

SILENCE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Martin Scorsese Stars: Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson, Ciaran Hinds, Issei Ogata, Yosuke Kubozuka, Tadanobu Asano, Yoshi Oida. The Passion Of Scorsese? Religion and questions of faith, belief, sin, redemption and the human condition have been consistent themes in the films of Oscar winning director Martin Scorsese, particularly in his The Last Temptation Of Christ and his Kundun. And those themes are again front and centre in his latest film Silence, which is something of a passion project for Scorsese. The film is Continue reading

THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Cedrid Nicolas-Troyan Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Jessica Chastain, Emily Blunt, Charlize Theron, Rob Brydon, Nick Frost, Sheridan Smith, Alexandra Roach, Sam Claflin, Colin Morgan, Ralph Ineson, Sam Hazeldine, voice of Liam Neeson. Only three months into the year and 2016 has already given us plenty of unnecessary and mostly inferior sequels. And here is another one! 2012's Snow White And The Huntsman provided a rather more fanciful and darker take on the familiar fairy tale, reinventing it for the Game Of Thrones and Twilight crowd. But Continue reading

TED 2

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Seth MacFarlane Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane, Amanda Seyfried, Jessica Barth, Morgan Freeman, Giovanni Ribisi, John Carroll Lynch, Sam J Jones, Patrick Warburton, Michael Dorn, Bill Smitrovich, John Slattery, Ron Canada, Liam Neeson, Cocoa Brown, Dennis Haysbert, Patrick Stewart, Sebastian Arcelus, Tom Brady, Jay Leno. Created by Seth MacFarlane in the 2012, Ted was an offbeat take on the usual buddy formula. Ted told the story of a teddy bear, given to a lonely young boy named John Bennett for a Christmas present, which Continue reading

RUN ALL NIGHT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jaume Collet-Sera Stars: Liam Neeson, Ed Harris, Joel Kinnaman, Vincent D'Onofrio, Bruce McGill, Boyd Holbrook, Common, Genesis Rodriguez, Lois Smith, Nick Nolte, James Martinez. Is Liam Neeson becoming the new Charles Bronson, a staple of the kind of routine, shoot-em-up vengeance vehicle that dominated the cinema in the 70s and early 80s? With films like Taken and its sequels, Non-stop, etc, Neeson has become the action hero du jour, and he manages to acquit himself well in these testosterone heavy roles. He has a solid and dependable Continue reading