UNSANE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Steven Soderberg Stars: Claire Foy, Joshua Leonard, Juno Temple, Jay Pharoah, Amy Irving, Myra Lucretia Taylor, Polly McKie, Gibson Frazier, Aimee Mullins, Matt Damon. A couple of years ago Sawyer Valentini (played by Claire Foy, from tv’s The Crown, etc) moved from Boston to Pennsylvania to escape a stalker. She works as an insurance analyst and seems settled in her new city. But she soon believes that her stalker has followed her. She seeks psychological help with a counselor at a facility called Highland Centre to deal with Continue reading

DOWNSIZING

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Alexander Payne Stars: Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig, Christoph Waltz, Udo Kier, Hong Chau, Rolf Lassgard, Ingjerd Egeberg, Jason Sudeikis, Neil Patrick Harris, Laura Dern, Margot Martindale, James Van Der Beek, Maribeth Monroe, Mary Kay Place, Joaquim de Almeida. It’s a small world after all? In the not too distant future, Norwegian scientist Dr Jorgen Asbjonsen (Rolf Lassgard) has come up with a radical solution for a world concerned with overpopulation and rapidly diminishing resources. He and his colleagues have figured out a Continue reading

SUBURBICON

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: George Clooney Stars: Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, Oscar Isaac, Noah Jupe, Mickey D Cohen, Glenn Fleshler, Gary Basraba. Set in a neat, homogenous suburban neighbourhood, this deft mix of black comedy, film noir crime thriller and social commentary lays bare the darker underbelly of 50s America, exposing a seething hotbed of racism and violence. With its elements of infidelity, murder, insurance fraud and blackmail, Suburbicon is steeped in the tropes of the classic noir films of the 40s, particularly the likes of Double Indemnity Continue reading

THOR: RAGNAROK

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Taika Waititi Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Cate Blanchett, Tom Hiddleston, Mark Ruffalo, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Idris Elba, Anthony Hopkins, Benedict Cumberbatch, Taika Waititi, Rachel House, Clancy Brown, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Sam Neill, Luke Hemsworth, Matt Damon, Shari Sebbens. The 17th feature in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the third film in the Thor series is lighter in tone and lots of fun. For those who have grown a little tired on the usual formula and destructive set pieces of Marvel this will be Continue reading

THE GREAT WALL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Zhang Yimou Stars: Matt Damon, Pedro Pascal, Willem Dafoe, Andy Lau, Jing TIan, Zhang Hanyu, Eddie Peng, Lu Han, Zheng Pei, Pilou Ashbaek, Kenny Lin. Matt Damon fighting monsters on the Great Wall of China? The Great Wall of China is about 5500 miles long and took 1700 years to build, and it is often falsely- suggested that it is the only man made structure that can be seen from the moon. But why was it built? Some historians argue that it was to keep the Chinese safe from western invasion and influence. But in this fanciful Continue reading