CERTAIN WOMEN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Kelly Reichardt Stars: Laura Dern, Michelle Williams, Kristen Stewart, Lily Gladstone, James Le Gros, Rene Auberjonois, Jared Harris, John Getz. Based on the 2009 short story collection Both Ways Is The Only Way I Want It written by Maile Meloy Certain Women is structured around three stories that briefly intersect. They are all set in the small town of Livingston, Montana. The three stories follow the emotional turmoil, the hopes and disappointments, and loneliness experienced by the characters. But this is a quiet introspective Continue reading

MANCHESTER BY THE SEA

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Kenneth Lonergan Stars: Casey Affleck, Lucas Hedges, Michelle Williams, Kyle CHandler, Tate Donovan, Gretchen Mol, Matthew Broderick, Stephen Henderson. Manchester By The Sea is writer/director Kenneth Lonergan’s first film since Margaret, his troubled 2005 drama that was shelved for several years while embroiled in legal disputes. But his latest film marks a welcome return as this moving drama about grief and redemption has become one of the highly-favoured films in the lead up to the annual awards season. Lonergan delves into Continue reading

TAKE THIS WALTZ

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Sarah Polley Stars: Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen, Luke Kirby. Canadian actress Sarah Polley (The Sweet Hereafter, Go, etc) has always brought a fierce intelligence and compassion to her sensitive portrayals of wounded and conflicted women, and she brings the same qualities to her films behind the camera as a director interested in personal and very human stories. As a director she makes some interesting and challenging choices. Away From Her was a touching drama about a woman with Alzheimer’s disease. Take This Waltz is a drama about Continue reading

MY WEEK WITH MARILYN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Simon Curtis Stars: Michelle Williams, Eddie Redmayne, Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench, Julia Ormond, Dougray Scott. Hollywood created a superstar, but fame was the steep price Marilyn Monroe had to pay for her image. There are lots of apocryphal stories concerning the behaviour of legendary film star Marilyn Monroe, from her messy personal life to her erratic behaviour on set. The two most famous examples of her diva-like behaviour on set concern her movies The Prince And The Showgirl (1957) and the classic comedy Some Like It Continue reading

MEEK’S CUTOFF

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Kelly Reichardt Stars: Michelle Williams, Bruce Greenwood, Shirley Henderson, Will Patton, Paul Dano, Ron Rondeaux. Unlike other westerns that have dealt with the westward expansion (Westward Ho The Wagons, etc), Meeks’s Cutoff deals with some weighty themes like the struggle for survival, racism and religion. Meek’s Cutoff is an unconventional western that concentrates more on the role of women, who have often been marginalised in the traditional westerns of yesteryear. This shifts the whole dynamic and framework of the genre, Continue reading