MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ol Parker Stars: Amanda Seyfried, Lily James, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgard, Christine Baranski, Julie Walters, Andy Garcia, Cher, Hugh Skinner, Josh Dylan, Jeremy Irvine, Dominic Cooper, Cher, Meryl Streep, Jessica Kennan Wynn, Alexa Davies, Celia Imrie. Mamma Mia! (2008) was a film adaptation of the successful stage juke box musical featuring many of the catchiest hit songs from popular Swedish pop quartet ABBA, and it grossed $600 million at the box office. It’s not surprising that the producers have a second Continue reading

THE POST

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Steven Spielberg Stars: Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Bob Odenkirk, Sarah Paulson, Bruce Greenwood, Bradley Whitford, Tracy Letts, Matthew Rhys, Alison Brie, Carrie Coon, Jesse Plemons, David Cross, Zach Woods, Pat Healy, Michael Stuhlbarg, Justin Swain. Steven Spielberg’s latest serious drama looks at true story behind the Washington Post’s publication of the Pentagon Papers, the leaked documents that showed the full extent of America’s involvement in the Vietnam War over four decades and revealed how Continue reading

FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Stephen Frears Stars: Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, Simon Helberg, Nina Ariadna, Rebecca Ferguson, David Haig, John Sessions. We recently saw the French art house film Marguerite, which was a fictional take on the true story of Florence Foster Jenkins, a wealthy New York socialite and patron of the arts who was widely regarded as the world's worst singer. Now we get the true story of Jenkins, although first time feature writer Nicholas Martin (a successful tv writer whose credits include Midsomer Murders, The Bill, etc) takes some liberties Continue reading

SUFFRAGETTE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Sarah Gavron Stars: Carey Mulligan, Anne-Marie Duff, Helena Bonham Carter, Ben Whishaw, Brendan Gleeson, Romola Garai, Finbar Lynch, Meryl Streep, Samuel West, Adrian Schiller, Natalie Press. Sisters are certainly doing it for themselves in this earnest drama about the early suffragette movement. Part earnest historical drama, part political drama and part character driven historical drama Suffragette looks at the struggle of British women to gain universal suffrage in the early part of the twentieth century. London in 1912 became the Continue reading

RICKI AND THE FLASH

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jonathan Demme Stars: Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Rick Springfield, Mamie Gummer, Audra McDonald, Sebastian Stan, Nick Westrate. Is there anything that Meryl Streep cannot do? At an age when most actresses find it hard to land meaty roles or substantial character parts, Streep is a chameleon who seems to still be going strong, playing a variety of diverse and challenging roles. A case in point is her new film in which she plays Ricki, a leather clad rocker with a covers band in California. Years earlier she walked out on her middle class Continue reading