SWISS ARMY MAN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Daniels Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Paul Dano, Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Weekend At Bernie's meets Castaway? In a cinema landscape shaped by an endless array of sequels, remakes and special effects driven comic book adaptations and superhero movies it is refreshing to come across something a little different, a little left of centre. Hank (Paul Dano, from There Will Be Blood, Little Miss Sunshine, etc) has been stranded on a remote island for a long time now and has given up hope of rescue. When we first meet him he is about to end it Continue reading

KILL THE MESSENGER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Michael Cuesta Stars: Jeremy Renner, Rosemarie De Witt, Oliver Platt, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Andy Garcia, Richard Jenkins, Michael Sheen, Ray Liotta, Tim Blake Nelson, Robert Patrick, Barry Pepper. In the 1980s the Reagan administration waged a covert war on drugs. But it was a war that created some strange bedfellows. At the same time, the CIA was apparently helping drug dealers smuggle crack cocaine into the urban ghettoes of Los Angeles and other American cities, and using the funds to help prop up the Contra rebels fighting in Continue reading

THE THING

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Matthijs van Heijningen Stars: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ulrich Thomsen, Joel Edgerton, Eric Christian Olsen. It’s Aliens on ice! This is the third version of The Thing, and follows the 1951 Howard Hawks/Christian Nyby thriller, adapted from the novella Who Goes There? by John W Campbell, Jr, and which was laden with Cold War undertones, and more particularly John Carpenter’s chilling 1982 cult favourite. The Thing is a retread of Carpenter’s film, thinly disguised as a prequel that gives us the backstory of a team of Norwegian Continue reading