THE SNOWMAN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Tomas Alfredson Stars: Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson, Charlotte Gainsbourg, J K Simmons, Val Kilmer, Toby Jones, Michael Yates, David Dencik, Jonas Karlsson, James D'Arcy, Jakob Oftebro, Adrian Dunbar, Chloe Sevigny, Ronan Vibert, Genevieve O'Reilly.   Nordic noir tends to be darker and bleaker than your typical Hollywood crime thriller, probably because they spend so much time in the dark, with long, bleak winter months. But unfortunately, The Snowman is a lesser example of the genre. This subpar thriller is based Continue reading

SONG TO SONG

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Terrence Malick Stars: Michael Fassbender, Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara, Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett, Holly Hunter, Iggy Pop, Val Kilmer, Patti Smith, Flea. I loathed the past couple of films from revered auteur Terrence Malick, particularly his To The Wonder and Knight Of Cups, with their frustratingly obtuse, indulgent and abstract experimental nature, existential meditations, impressionistic and unconventional approach to narrative, the mumbled and at times inaudible dialogue often delivered as internal monologues, the Continue reading

ALIEN COVENANT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ridley Scott Stars: Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Danny McBride, Billy Crudup, Demian Bichir, Nathaniel Dean, Jussie Smollett, Callie Hernandez, Carmen Ejogo, Guy Pearce, James Franco. With 2012’s Prometheus, director Ridley Scott returned to the Alien universe that he created way back in 1979 with the claustrophobic and terrifying Alien. The concept has undergone a number of permutations with various sequels and different directors stamping their mark on the series over forty years. Prometheus was a prequel to Alien Continue reading

TRESPASS AGAINST US

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Adam Smith Stars: Michael Fassbender, Brendan Gleeson, Sean Harris, Rory Kinnear, Lyndsey Marshal, Kacie Anderson, Georgie Smith. The Cutlers are a crime family that live a gypsy-like lifestyle and live in a makeshift caravan park in the countryside of Gloucestershire. They rob stately homes through a series of daring smash and grab raids. And the local police seem unable to pin anything on them, although they have their suspicions. Colby (Brendan Gleeson) is the stern and tyrannical patriarch of this unusual crime family and Continue reading

ASSASSIN’S CREED

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Justin Kurzel Stars: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons, Brendan Gleeson, Charlotte Rampling, Michael Kenneth Williams, Denis Menochet, Ariane Labeb, Khalid Abdalla, Essie Davis, Mahas Varela, Callum Turner, Carlos Bardem, Javier Gutierrez, Hovik Keuchkerian. Cinema is littered with failed attempts to bring popular video games to the big screen, with expensive flops like Mortal Kombat, Streetfighter, Wing Commander, Super Mario Brothers, and even the more recent Warcraft failing to inspire the most ardent of fans. Continue reading