LIGHTS OUT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: David F Sandberg Stars: Teresa Palmer, Maria Bello, Gabriel Bateman, Alexander DiPersia, Billy Burke, Alicia Vela-Bailey, Andi Osho, Maria Russell. The best horror films have featured nasty boogeymen that haunt our dreams. In the 80s we had the likes of Michael Myers, Freddie Krueger and Jason Vorhees. More recently we've had the apparitions of The Babadook and It Follows to creep us out. Now director David F Sandberg gives us a chilling creation that plays on our innate fear of the dark and of creatures lurking in the dark with Continue reading

THE 5TH WAVE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: J Blakeson Stars: Chloe Grace Moretz, Nick Robinson, Live Schreiber, Maria Bello, Ron Livingston, Alex Rose, Zackary Arthur, Maika Monroe, Tony Revolori, Terry Serpico, Talitha Bateman. The 5th Wave is the latest adaptation of a bestselling Young Adult novel to hit the screens. But unlike those other recent YA franchises set in a dystopian world - The Maze Runner, The Hunger Games, Divergent, etc - The Fifth Wave is set in the present day in a recogniseable and familiar world. With its story about a group of teens fighting back against 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

THE COMPANY MEN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: John Wells Stars: Ben Affleck, Kevin Costner, Craig T Nelson, Chris Cooper, Tommy Lee Jones, Rosemary De Witt, Maria Bello. The recent documentary Inside Job dealt with the global financial crisis, and it named and shamed those people believed responsible, even though none of them have yet been prosecuted for fraud. The new drama The Company Men explores the human cost of the economic meltdown, and, like Wall Street before it, the film offers a scathing criticism of the corporate culture of greed. Modern American business has Continue reading

ABDUCTION

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: John Singleton Stars: Taylor Lautner, Maria Bello, Jason Isaacs, Michael Nyqvist, Lily Collins, Alfred Molina, Sigourney Weaver, Dermott Mulroney. 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 Continue reading