STRONGER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: David Gordon Green Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Tatiana Maslany, Miranda Richardson, Clancy Brown, Lenny Clarke, Danny McCarthy, Patricia O'Neil, Carlos Sanz. Peter Berg’s 2016 drama Patriots Day looked at the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, which killed three people and injured hundreds more, and the massive police manhunt for the terrorists that followed. Berg gave the material an almost documentary-like feel as he explored the stories of many of the people involved. There are probably a lot more unheard Continue reading

CHURCHILL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jonathan Teplitzky Stars: Brian Cox, Miranda Richardson, John Slattery, Julian Wadham, Richard Durden, James Purefoy, Ella Purnell. Winston Churchill is one of the most famous British Prime Ministers of the twentieth century, who inspired and led his people through the dark days of WWII. He is regarded by many as one of the greatest British leaders of the twentieth century. Much has been written about him and his achievements. Richard Attenborough’s 1972 biopic Young Winston gave us some insights into his early years and the Continue reading

TESTAMENT OF YOUTH

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: James Kent Stars: Alicia Vikander, Dominic West, Emily Watson, Kit Harington, Taron Egerton, Colin Morgan, Miranda Richardson, Hayley Atwell, Henry Garrett. Vera Brittain is one of the foremost figures of the pacifist movement of the twentieth century. Her views on the horrors of war and the waste of a generation of young men were formed and shaped by her experiences as a nurse at the front during some of the bloody battles of WWI. Her outspoken views though were not always readily welcomed by a public clamouring for retribution and Continue reading

GET CARTER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Stephen Kay Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Miranda Richardson, Michael Caine, Rachael Leigh Cook, Alan Cumming, Mickey Rourke, John C McGinley, Rhona Mitre. With superb films like Copland and Cliffhanger but distant memories, fading action hero Sylvester Stallone badly needs a hit movie to restore some of his former glory as a box office champion. Unfortunately, this rather lame remake of the classic 1971 British thriller Get Carter is unlikely to reverse his fortunes. The plot details remain essentially the same here, although the Continue reading

CHICKEN RUN

Reviewe by GREG KING Directors: Peter Lord and Nick Park Stars: voices of Mel Gibson, Julia Sawalha, Miranda Richardson, Jane Horrocks, Timothy Spall, Phil Daniels, Tony Haygarth, Imelda Staunton, Lynn Ferguson, Benjamin Whitrow Peter Lord and Nick Park, the two creators behind the Aardman animation studios and cult cartoon characters Wallace and Grommit, have signed a multi-million dollar deal with Dreamworks studios. Their first feature length film under that lucrative deal is the thoroughly entertaining and enjoyable Chicken Run, a comic tale inspired by the Continue reading