JUDY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Rupert Goold Stars: Renee Zellweger, Rufus Sewell, Jessie Buckley, Finn Wittrock, Michael Gambon, Andy Nyman, Gemma-Leah Devereaux, Richard Cordery, Fenella Woolgar, Darci Shaw. It’s been fifty years since Judy Garland, the tragic self-destructive artist and former child star, died in 1969 at the age of 47 from an overdose of barbiturates. Rather than a conventional biopic about the legendary singer and actress, this is a drama that concentrates on the last few months of her life. At that time she was destitute, addicted Continue reading

JOHNNY ENGLISH STRIKES AGAIN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: David Kerr Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Ben Miller, Emma Thompson, Olga Kurylenko, Jake Lacy, Charles Dance, Michael Gambon. It has been fifteen years since rubbery faced comic Rowan Atkinson (of Mr Bean and Blackadder fame) donned his licence to kill as bumbling and clueless secret agent Johnny English, a cross between James Bond, Maxwell Smart, Inspector Clouseau and Inspector Gadget.  The character was initially created for a series of credit card commercials, but proved popular enough to earn his own spin off feature film. Now Continue reading

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