THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Mike Newell Stars: Lily James, Michiel Huisman, Tom Courtenay, Penelope Wilton, Matthew Goode, Glen Powell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Katherine Parkinson, Kit Connor, Bronagh Gallagher. Adapted from the 2008 best selling novel written by Mary Ann Shaffer (who died before the novel was completed) and her niece Anne Barrows, The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society is a historical romance set in the aftermath of World War Two. This quintessential British drama centres around writer Juliet Continue reading

THE SENSE OF AN ENDING

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ritesh Batra Stars: Jim Broadbent, Charlotte Rampling, Harriet Walter, Michelle Dockery, Joe Alwyn, Emily Mortimer, Matthew Goode, Freya Mayo. Based on the 2011 novel written by British author Julian Barnes, The Sense Of An Ending is a meditation on memory, guilt, regret, secrets and repressed emotions and the dark unreliability of nostalgia. The drama was driven by an unreliable narrator and offered up a distorted view of its narrator's personal history. Oscar winner Jim Broadbent (Iris, etc) plays Tony Webster, a Continue reading

ALLIED

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Robert Zemeckis Stars: Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard, Jared Harris, Simon McBurney, Lizzy Caplan, August Diehl, Matthew Goode, Thierry Fremont. This old-fashioned World War Two set romantic drama from director Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump, Castaway, etc) tries to be a Casablanca for the twenty first century. But it is also the film that brought Brad Pitt and costar Marion Cotillard together and sparked rumours that their on screen romance continued after the cameras stopped rolling. It is a bit like Mr And Mrs Smith, the romantic Continue reading

SELF/LESS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Tarsem Singh Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Natalie Martinez, Matthew Goode, Ben Kingsley, Victor Gerber, Derek Luke, Jaynee-Lynn Kinchen, Melora Hardin, Michelle Dockery, Sam Page, Brandan McCarthy. What starts out as a slick high concept sci-fi thriller and morality tale slowly deteriorates into a formulaic and routine action thriller by the end. Damian Hart (Ben Kinglsey) is a ruthless billionaire real estate mogul who has been given a death sentence when he is diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer. He is estranged from his only daughter Continue reading

THE IMITATION GAME

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Morten Tyldum Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Charles Dance, Mark Strong, Matthew Beard, James Cairncross, Rory Kinnear, Allen Leech, Steven Waddington, James Northcote, Alex Lawther, Jack Bannon. The Imitation Game is a gripping WWII drama about a group of British boffins brought together by the War Office to try and crack the German's unbreakable Enigma code, a sophisticated encryption machine they used to send all their top level messages and convey troop movements. The code was changed at midnight Continue reading