A BIGGER SPLASH

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Luca Guadagnino Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Dakota Johnson, Aurora Clement. An erotic psychological drama starring Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes and Dakota Johnson, A Bigger Splash is a loose remake of Jacques Deray's seductive 1969 film called La Picerne, which starred Alain Delon. Director Luca Guadagnino (better known for the gorgeous and visually sumptuous I Am Love) and writer David Kajganich (the dire Nicole Kidman sci-fi thriller The Invasion, etc) give the material a more contemporary flavour as they Continue reading

THE DANISH GIRL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Tom Hooper Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, Amber Heard, Ben Whishaw, Matthias Schoenaerts, Sebastian Koch. Eddie Redmayne won a well-deserved Oscar for his wonderful performance as Stephen Hawking in The Theory Of Everything. Now he backs up that fine performance with another nuanced and extraordinary performance in this biopic about a Danish painter who underwent the first recorded case of gender reassignment surgery. The Danish Girl is a deeply felt love story that explores themes of love, relationships, gender, sexuality and Continue reading

FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Thomas Vinterberg Stars: Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael Sheen, Tom Sturridge, Juno Temple, Jessica Barden. Thomas Hardy's lyrical pastoral romances set in his fictitious Wessex are often quite grim and bleak tales, and it is easy to see their continuing appeal to filmmakers. Hardy's Far From The Madding Crowd, written in 1874, tells the story of independent minded Bathsheba Everdene, who is wooed by three very different suitors before marrying one of them. It was sumptuously filmed in 1966 by John Schlesinger (Midnight Continue reading

A LITTLE CHAOS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Alan Rickman Stars: Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman, Stanley Tucci, Matthias Schoenaerts, Helen McCrory, Steven Waddington, Jennifer Ehle, Danny Webb, Phyllida Law. This gorgeous looking but ultimately dull period drama is set in France in 1682. A Little Chaos is the sophomore feature for Alan Rickman (from the Harry Potter series, etc), better known as an actor with an imperious manner. His last feature as a director was the 1997 drama The Winter Guest, so it has been a long time between drinks. This is something of a labour of love for Continue reading