SPECTRE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Sam Mendes Stars: Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Lea Seydoux, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Dave Bautista, Andrew Scott, Rory Kinnear, Monica Belluci, Jesper Christensen. I thought that Skyfall was one of the best Bond movies of the past fifty years, so I was eagerly looking forward to the latest instalment in this long running franchise. After all, Skyfall director Sam Mendes was back at the helm. But Spectre was a little disappointing by comparison. At 148 minutes, it is over long and there are a few spots where the pace Continue reading

MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Justin Chadwick Stars: Idris Elba, Naomie Harris,  Deon Lotz. The recent death of Nelson Mandela lends an extra significance and poignant quality to this earnest but fairly conventional biopic. Mandela was of course the inspirational anti-apartheid activist, the political prisoner turned politician, and Nobel-prize winning elderly statesman who led South Africa through its turbulent transition from racist state to a period of equality and black rule. And Clint Eastwood's Invictus showed how the wily politician used the Rugby World Cup to Continue reading

THE FIRST GRADER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Justin Chadwick Stars: Oliver Litondo, Naomie Harris, Alfred Munyua. Based on the true story of Kimani N’gan’ga Maruge, The First Grader tells the moving story of an 84 year-old Kenyan farmer and ex-Mau Mau freedom fighter who fights for his right to go to school. In 2003, the Kenyan government announced a policy of free education for everyone. Illiterate 84-year old Maruge (Oliver Litondo) turns up at the local primary school demanding his right to be taught how to read and write. He has received a letter from the President, Continue reading