THE KING’S MAN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Matthew Vaughn Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Harris Dickinson, Gemma Arterton, Rhys Ifans, Charles Dance, Tom Hollander, Djimon Hounsou, Matthew Goode, Daniel Bruhl, Alexandra Maria Lara, Valerie Pachner, Todd Boyce, August Diehl, Ian Kelly, Aaron Taylor-Johnson. Matthew Vaughn gleefully rewrites the history of WWI with this totally bonkers and tonally uneven spy caper that is a prequel to his 2014 action drama Kingsman: The Secret Service. That film introduced us to a private intelligence service established because some things were too Continue reading

EDDIE THE EAGLE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Dexter Fletcher Stars: Taron Egerton, Hugh Jackman, Tim McInnerny, Keith Allen, Jo Hartley, Christopher Walken, Jim Broadbent, Edvin Endre, Iris Berben, Mark Benton, Rune Temte, Ania Sowinski. White men can't ski jump? The 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics have already given us one feel good underdog story with the Jamaican bobsled team who defied all odds to compete, and their inspiring story was recounted in the crowd pleasing film Cool Runnings. Now we get another crowd pleasing feel good story with this biopic of British ski jumper Continue reading

KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Matthew Vaughn Stars: Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Mark Strong, Samuel L Jackson, Michael Caine, Sofia Boutella, Jack Davenport, Mark Hamill, Sophie Cookson, Tom Prior. "The name is Darcy, Mr Darcy...?" Colin Firth becomes an unlikely action hero and super spy in this over the top but entertaining spy action thriller from the creative team behind Kick-Ass. The Kingsmen are an independent intelligence agency operating at the highest level of discretion and their mission is simply to protect the world from those who would try to Continue reading

X MEN: FIRST CLASS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Matthew Vaughn Stars: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Jennifer Lawrence, Rose Byrne, Kevin Bacon, January Jones, Lucas Till, Caleb Landry Jones, Edi Gathegi, Oliver Platt, Zoe Kravitz . This fifth film in the X Men franchise is an origin story that takes us back to an earlier time and gives us the backstory of the two central characters Professor X and Magneto. While remaining respectful of its comic book origins, X Men: First Class breathes new life into the franchise. The film is set in the early ‘60s, a Continue reading