JUPITER ASCENDING

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: The Wachowskis Stars: Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum, Eddie Redmayne, Sean Bean, Douglas Booth, Tuppence Middleton, Kick Gurry, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Doona Bae. I really liked the Wachowski's first film Bound; it was a tight and stylishly made erotic thriller shot on a low budget. Since then though Andy and Lana (formerly Larry) Wachowski seem to have embraced science fiction themes with a vengeance and become obsessed with spectacular visuals and CGI effects to bring their original and ambitiously surreal vision to the Continue reading

FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Will Gluck Stars: Mila Kunis, Justin Timberlake, Richard Jenkins, Jenna Elfman, Andy Samberg, Emma Stone, Jason Segel, Rashida Jones . Writer/director Will Gluck’s previous film Easy A was one of the sharpest, cleverest and most savvy teenage comedy to emerge from mainstream Hollywood in quite some time. Therefore it is a little disappointing that his latest film is so formulaic. And if its central plot about a cute couple who form a relationship based purely on sex until real feelings and emotions complicate matters sounds Continue reading

BLACK SWAN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Darren Aronofsky Stars: natalie Portman, Winona Ryder, Vincent Cassel, Barbara Hershey, Mila Kunis. Numerous films have dealt with the pressures and rivalries within the high pressure world of ballet where personal lives often take second place - Michael Powell’s 1948 classic The Red Shoes, Robert Altman’s The Company and Herbert Ross’s melodramatic Turning Point, etc. Set against the background of a ballet company Black Swan crosses elements of those classic films with Repulsion, Roman Polanski’s compelling study of sexual Continue reading