SONG TO SONG

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Terrence Malick Stars: Michael Fassbender, Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara, Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett, Holly Hunter, Iggy Pop, Val Kilmer, Patti Smith, Flea. I loathed the past couple of films from revered auteur Terrence Malick, particularly his To The Wonder and Knight Of Cups, with their frustratingly obtuse, indulgent and abstract experimental nature, existential meditations, impressionistic and unconventional approach to narrative, the mumbled and at times inaudible dialogue often delivered as internal monologues, the Continue reading

KNIGHT OF CUPS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Terrence Malick Stars: Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman, Brian Dennehy, Wes Bentley, Teresa Palmer, Joe Mangianello, Imogen Poots, Joel Kinnaman, Nick Offerman, Antonio Banderas, Isabel Lucas, Ben Kingsley, Jason Clarke, Nicky Whelan. Once upon a time Terrence Malick was a revered filmmaker, especially after his first two films - the powerful Badlands and the visually beautiful Days Of Heaven. But lately he seems to have become more obtuse in his filmmaking, churning out soporific and dull psychological claptrap. Since Continue reading

YOUR HIGHNESS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: David Gordon Green Stars: James Franco, Danny McBride, Natalie Portman, Zooey Deschanel, Justin Theroux, Charles Dance, Damian Lewis, Toby Jones. If Judd Apatow had made The Princess Bride, then chances are if would have ended up resembling Your Highness. Your Highness is not a parody of the cliches of the fantasy genre (like Epic Movie, etc), but rather an irreverent, contemporary flavoured comedic take on the medieval adventure. The opening credits sequence immediately alerts us to what to expect, as we see an old fashioned Continue reading

THOR

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Anthony Hopkins Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman, Kat Dennings, Stellan Skarsgaard, Tom Hiddleston, Clark Gregg. Yet another Marvel comic book character is given the big screen treatment. Created in 1962, Thor is one of the lesser super heroes in the Marvel canon, and his story is loosely based on the old Norse myths. But given the recent success of the Iron Man films, Thor has been given a big budget and some top-notch talent to bring the character to life on the big screen. This is a special effects Continue reading

NO STRINGS ATTACHED

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ivan Reitman Stars: Natalie Portman, Ashton Kutcher, Greta Gerwig, Lake Bell, Kevin Kline, Cary Elwes. Rob Reiner’s classic romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally explored the question of whether two people could remain best friends without sex getting in the way of their relationship. It still remains one of the best examples of this crowded but increasingly bland genre. No Strings Attached turns that film’s central premise on its ear, as it explores a relationship that is based purely on sex, without emotional attachments getting Continue reading