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

LA LA LAND

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Damien Chazelle Stars: Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, J K Simmons, Tom Everett Scott. The new film from director Damien Chazelle (the superb Whiplash) is a charming and ambitious take on the old fashioned technicolour Hollywood musical and it harks back to those classic musicals of the 50s and 60s, a bygone era of glamour and romance. The film is inspired by the likes of Jacques Remy's classic The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg and Stanley Donen's Singin' In The Rain, and is steeped in nostalgia. There are numerous in-jokes about Hollywood and Continue reading

SECRET IN THEIR EYES

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Billy Ray Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman, Dean Norris, Alfred Molina, Joe Cole, Michael Kelly, Zoe Graham. This twisting thriller about murder, the search for justice, grief, obsession, revenge and the high emotional cost of vengeance is a workmanlike but ultimately uninspired US remake of the 2010 Oscar winning Argentine film from director Juan Jose Campanella. Writer/director Billy Ray has relocated the action from 1970s Buenos Aires, with its political tensions and air of corruption and conspiracy, to Los Continue reading

SAN ANDREAS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Brad Peyton Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino, Alexandra Daddario, Paul Giamatti, Ioan Gruffudd, Archie Panjabi, Colton Haynes, Hugo Johnstone-Burt, Art Parkinson,Kylie Minogue, Will Yun Lee, Matt Gerald, Alec Utgoff. In the 70s the disaster film was quite a popular genre, with producer Irwin Allen establishing the template with films such as Earthquake, The Towering Inferno, The Poseidon Adventure. Along with films like Airport the genre dominated at the box office in the early 70s until a few lesser efforts tanked. These films Continue reading

BURLESQUE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Steve Antin Stars: Cher, Stanley Tucci, Christina Aguilera, Peter Gallagher, Eric Dane, Can Gigandet, Kristen Bell, Alan Cumming. Could this musical get any more camp if it tried? Despite the disappointing nature of Burlesque, it is far more enjoyable than the recent big budget musical misfire Nine. As a vehicle to launch the acting career of pop star Christina Aguilera, Burlesque is certainly a much better choice than Mariah Carey's debut the awful Glitter, and Brittany Spears’ dreadful Crossroads. As executive producer of Continue reading