47 METERS DOWN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Johannes Roberts Stars: Mandy Moore, Claire Holt, Matthew Modine, Yani Gellman, Santiago Segura. Swimming with sharks, again? Ever since Jaws hit the big screen in 1975, there have been many other films that have played on our innate fear of the predators of the deep - films like The Reef, Open Water and more recently The Shallows with Blake Lively, which have pitted humans against rapacious killer sharks. And just when you thought it was safe to go back into a cinema along comes 47 Meters Down, a low budget, slightly Continue reading

SICARIO

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Dennis Villeneuve Stars: Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, Benicio del Toro, Victor Garber, Daniel Kaluuya, Jon Bernthal, Jeffrey Donovan, Raoul Trujillo. In Spanish, "sicario" means hitman or assassin. In 2013 Canadian director Dennis Villeneuve gave us the tough and taut claustrophobic thriller Prisoners (starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal), which made many critics' lists of the best films of the year. He returns with this powerful, hard hitting and gritty new thriller that takes a look at the US's war on drugs. It is a war that the US Continue reading

GET THE GRINGO

Reviewed by GREG KING Director:  Adrian Grunberg Stars: Mel Gibson, Daniel Gimenez Cacho. Peter Stormare, Bob Gunton, Peter Gerety, Dolores Heredia, Kevin Hernandez. Get The Gringo is an unusual and violent prison drama that marks a return to form of sorts for Mel Gibson as the flawed action hero. Most of the action takes place inside Mexico’s notorious El Pueblito prison in Tijuana, a corrupt hellhole which is run by the inmates and in which virtually anything can be bought – sex, weapons, drugs. It is “the world’s shittiest mall,” as Gibson’s character Continue reading