RED SPARROW

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Francis Lawrence Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Matthias Shoenaerts, Charlotte Rampling, Jeremy Irons, Ciaran Hinds, Joely Richardson, Bill Camp, Mary-Louise Parker, Douglas Hodge, Sergei Polunin, Thekla Reuten. A violent and brutal spy thriller, Red Sparrow follows quickly on the heels of last year’s tough Atomic Blonde, and serves up another strong female centric spy story. But there’s also a touch of Luc Besson’s La Femme Nikita to Red Sparrow. The violence here is brutal almost Continue reading

HOWL

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Freidman Stars: James Franco, David Strathairn, Mary Louise-Parker, Treat Williams, Jeff Daniels, Jon Hamm, Bob Balaban. "I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness." Allen Ginsberg was one of the most famous and revered poets of the 20th century, and one of the most iconic writers of the so-called "Beat Generation," who were rebelling against the hypocrisy and the conservative nature of 1950s America. In 1957, his seminal poem Howl and its publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti were put on trial Continue reading

RED

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Robert Schwentke Stars: Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren, Mary Louise Parker, Brian Cox, Richard Dreyfuss, Ernest Borgnine. This enjoyable comedy/action/spy thriller brings together a bunch of old timers and sets them loose in a film that plays with the formula, with great results.  Retired and extremely dangerous is the tag given by the CIA to former agents who may still pose a risk. One such retired agent is Frank Moses (Bruce Willis), one of the best “black ops” agents, who is now living a quiet life Continue reading