TOLKIEN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Dome Karukoski Stars: Nicholas Hoult, Lily Collins, Colm Meaney, Derek Jacobi, Tom Glynn-Carney, Anthony Boyle, Patrick Gibson, Harry Gilby, Craig Roberts, Laura Donnelly, Pam Ferris. One biopic to rule them all? This earnest biopic about John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, the author of The Hobbit and the sprawling epic and influential fantasy The Lord Of The Rings, gives some insights into the creative process but is also something of a pedestrian affair. Given the celebrated nature of his novels it is a little surprising to learn Continue reading

RULES DON’T APPLY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Warren Beatty Stars: Warren Beatty, Lily Collins, Alden Ehrenreich, Matthew Broderick, Annette Bening, Alec Baldwin, Oliver PLatt, Martin Sheen, Candice Bergin, Steve Coogan, Ed Harris, Amy Madigan, Hart Bochner, Chace Crawford, Marshall Bell, Michael Badalucco, Holmes Osborne. Despite the fact that he died in 1976, eccentric billionaire, aviator and movie mogul Howard Hughes continues to fascinate filmmakers. Hughes has previously been played on screen by the likes of Jason Robards, Tommy Lee Jones, Dean Stockwell, and Leonardo Continue reading

LOVE, ROSIE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Christian Dittner Stars: Lily Collins, Sam Claflin, Jaime Winstone, Tamsin Egerton, Suki Waterhouse, Christian Cooke. This is another of those sweet and predictable romantic comedies - like When Harry Met Sally, Four Weddings And A Funeral, Serendipity, etc - where it is obvious that the two characters should be together, but the film follows a long and teasing will they or won't they structure before reaching a satisfactory conclusion. But somehow Love, Rosie lacks the spark and the genuine humour of those crowd pleasing romcoms written Continue reading

PRIEST

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Scott Stewart Stars: Paul Bettany, Maggie Q, Christopher Plummer, Lily Collins, Karl Urban, Cam Gigandet, Stephen Moyer. Unlike the recent Cowboys And Aliens, which combined two popular genres in an entertaining mash-up, Priest somehow is a rather dour and visually ugly hybrid of the western and horror genres. It is also an eminently unpleasant, chaotic, disappointing and forgettable piece of cinema. Priest follows the template of the John Wayne classic The Searchers, but this futuristic action film is set in a Continue reading

ABDUCTION

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: John Singleton Stars: Taylor Lautner, Lily Collins, Sigourney Weaver, Alfred Molina, Dermot Mulroney, Maria Bello, Jason Isaacs, Michael Nyqvist. Abduction is a big budget attempt to present hunky Twilight star Taylor Lautner as an action hero, a sort of high school Jason Bourne. While his legion of fans will probably lap it up, the rest of us remain unconvinced. Lautner and his father Dan have produced the film through his Tailor Made Production company, but the film seems to have been rushed into production with a half finished Continue reading