THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER’S WEB

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Fede Alvarez Stars: Claire Foy, Sverrir Gudnason, Sylvie Hoeks, Stephen Merchant, Lakeith Stanfield, Claes Bang, Vicky Krieps, Mikael Persbrandt, Christopher Convery. The Girl In The Spider’s Web is the fourth installment in the Millennium series of dark and misogynistic Scandinavian crime thrillers created by the late Stieg Larsson, who died of a heart attack in 2004. The novels centred around Lisbeth Salander, an unlikely anti-heroine for the twentieth century – a tattooed and heavily pierced computer hacker who had survived Continue reading

KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Guy Ritchie Stars: Charlie Hunnam, Jude Law, Astrid Berges-Frisbey, Aiden Gillen, Djimon Hounsou, Freddie Fox, Eric Bana, Mikael Persbrandt, Tom Wu. The legend of King Arthur, his magical sword and the fabulous kingdom of Camelot has been told many times in the movies, from Disney’s animated 1963 film The Sword In The Stone, through to the musical Camelot, the comical Monty Python And The Holy Grail, First Knight, and, of course, John Boorman’s visually stunning and slick 1981 classic Excalibur. Now British director Guy Ritchie Continue reading

ALONE IN BERLIN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Vincent Perez Stars: Brendan Gleeson, Emma Thompson, Daniel Bruhl, Uwe Preuss, Mikael Persbrandt, Louis Hofmann, Katrin Pollitt. This WWII drama is set in Berlin in the early 1940s and is based on the novel Every Man Dies Alone, which was written by Hans Fallada in 1947 but not translated into English for another six decades. The book told the story of Otto and Elise Hampel, a German couple who embarked on an unusual campaign of resistance to the Nazis after Hans, their young soldier son, was killed on the battlefields of France. Continue reading

IN A BETTER WORLD

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Susanne Bier Stars: Mikael Persbrandt Marcus Rygaard, Trine Dyrholm, William Johnk Nielsen, Ulrich Thomsen. In A Better World is the new film from Susanne Bier (After The Wedding, Brothers), and the title proves to be nicely ironic. This superb Danish drama about violence, and the unexpected consequences of an act of retaliation was a deserved winner of the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. This is a richly layered and powerful and provocative meditation on violence and its causes, and it delivers a strong moral message. Anton Continue reading