VICEROY’S HOUSE

By GREG KING Director: Gurinder Chadha Stars: Hugh Bonneville, Gillian Anderson, Michael Gambon, Simon Callow, Manish Dayal, Huma Qureshi, Lily Travers, Om Puri, Simon Williams, Lucy Fleming. India, 1947. Financially weakened by the cost of fighting WWII, the British government is planning to pull out of India, leaving the country to become an independent nation. Sent to oversee the transition from a colony of the fading British Empire to independence is Earl Mountbatten (Hugh Bonneville, from tv series Downton Abbey, etc), the great grandson of Queen Victoria. Continue reading

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: David Yates Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Alan Rickman, Ralph Fiennes, Maggie Smith, Domhnall Gleeson, John Hurt, Warwick Davis, Helena Bonham Carter, Matthew Lewis, Michael Gambon, Ciaran Hinds. One of the most successful and lucrative film franchises draws to a close after ten years with this eighth film in the epic Harry Potter series. The adaptation of final novel was split into two parts, although some cynically thought the decision was made on a purely financial basis. Steve Kloves, who has written all Continue reading

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 1

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: David Yates Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Ralph Fiennes, Bill Nighy, Timothy Spall, Jason Isaacs, Rhys Ifans, John Hurt, Helen McCrory, Imelda Staunton, Michael Gambon, Peter Mullan . “These are dark times,” remarks a character in this seventh installment of the lucrative Harry Potter franchise. Indeed, it’s time for Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) and his best friends Hermione (Emma Watson) and Ron (Rupert Grint) to put away childish things as they are thrust into a more adult world away from the comforts and Continue reading

THE LIFE AQUATIC WITH STEVE ZISSOU

Reviewed by Greg King Director: Wes Anderson Stars: Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Cate Blanchett, Willem Dafoe, Anjelica Huston, Noah Taylor, Jeff Goldblum, Michael Gambon, Bud Cort, Seu Jorge, Seymour Cassell. The droll wit and eccentric style of Wes Anderson have become something of an acquired taste through his three previous films (Bottle Rocket, Rushmore and The Royal Tannenbaums). But even fans of Anderson's idiosyncratic style may find his latest and most ambitious film to date something of a disappointment. The Life Aquatic, which tells the story of a Continue reading