CRIMSON PEAK

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Guillermo del Toro Stars: Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, Charlie Hunnam, Jim Beaver, Burn Gorham, Doug Jones, Leslie Hope, Jonathan Hyde, Bruce Gray. The latest film from Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth, etc), Crimson Peak is a macabre Victorian style Gothic romance with ghosts, murder, madness and a dose of incest thrown in for good measure. His fantasies (like Pacific Rim and Hellboy) have always been more lurid, whereas Crimson Peak is more atmospheric and old fashioned in its approach. Del Tor and his regular Continue reading

MADAME BOVARY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Sophie Barthes Stars: Mia Wasikowska, Ezra Miller, Rhys Ifans, Paul Giamatti, Henry Lloyd-Hughes, Logan Marshall-Green, Laura Carmichael. Olivier Gourmet. Gustave Flaubert's 1865 brooding and bittersweet tragedy about a self destructive, adulterous 19th century housewife and her tragic fall from grace has been filmed many times, most notably by Claude Chabrol in 1991 and Vincente Minelli. There was even a more contemporary take on the character with the recent French film Gemma Bovary. And Woody Allen used Flaubert's iconic character as Continue reading

THE DOUBLE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Richard Ayoade Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Mia Wasikowska, Wallace Shawn, Noah Taylor, Chris O'Dowd, Sally Hawkins, James Fox, Cathy Moriarty, Yasmin Paige, Chris Morris, J Mascus. British writer/director Richard Ayoade came to prominence as an actor in popular tv series The Mighty Boosh and The IT Crowd, and his offbeat sensibility and droll sense of humour permeated his 2010 feature film debut as a director, the quirky and lowkey coming of age tale Submarine. His second film as a director takes his absurd sense of humour and weirdness to a Continue reading

JANE EYRE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Cary Fukunaga Stars: Mia Wasikowska, Sally Hwkins, Michael Fassbender, Jamie Bell, Judi Dench. This is the umpteenth version of Charlotte Bronte’s classic novel of a plain, obscure and poor orphan girl who lands a job as a governess and eventually captures the heart of her mysterious employer. This 22nd version of the timeless Gothic romance is a visually sumptuous and handsomely mounted production, but it is also quite bland and dull. Technical contributions are excellent, from Adriano Goldman’s gorgeous cinematography, to Will Continue reading