MADAME

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Amanda Sthers Stars: Toni Collette, Harvey Keitel, Rossy de Palma, Michael Smiley, Tom Hughes. This slightly disappointing romantic comedy explores themes of class, status, prejudice, family, societal privilege, romance and the possibility of happy endings in real life. Anne (Toni Collette) and Bob (Harvey Keitel) are a married couple who divide their time between New York and their lavish home in Paris. But times are tough for the former golf instructor, and Bob is being forced to reluctantly sell a Continue reading

FREE FIRE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ben Wheatley Stars: Cillian Murphy, Sharlto Copley, Armie Hammer, Brie Larson, Michael Smiley, Sam Riley, Jack Reynor, Noah Taylor, Enzo Cilenti, Babou Ceesay, Patrick Bergin. While certainly ambitious in endeavour, the setup for Free Fire is simplicity itself. Boston 1978. Two groups meet in a deserted dockside warehouse to conduct a deal to buy guns. On one side of the deal are Irishmen Chris (Cillian Murphy, from Peaky Blinders, etc) and Frank (Michael Smiley), and on the other side a gang led by the dapper Vernon (South Continue reading

THE LOBSTER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Yorgos Lanthimos Stars: Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Lea Seydoux, John C Reilly, Ben Whishaw, Roger Ashton-Griffiths, Jessica Barden, Angeliki Papoulia, Michael Smiley. The films of Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth, etc) are strange, off beat, enigmatic, unsettling, confronting, and often hard to fathom, and have divided audiences. The Lobster, his first English language feature film, is no exception, and will probably go down as one of the weirdest films to hit screens this year. It won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Continue reading

BLACK SEA

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Kevin MacDonald Stars: Jude Law, Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn, Michael Smiley, Tobias Menzies, Bobby Schofield, Jodie Whittaker, Grigoriy Dobrygin, Konstantin Khabensky, Daniel Ryan, David Threlfall, Sergey Puskepolis, Sergey Kolesnikov. Oscar winning director Kevin MacDonald (One Day In September, The Last King Of Scotland, etc) takes us on a voyage to the bottom of the sea in this tense and claustrophobic thriller set aboard a submarine. There have been a few movies set aboard submarines, such as Das Boot, The Hunt For Red October, Continue reading