THE LAST WITCH HUNTER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Breck Eisner Stars: Vin Diesel, Michael Caine, Elijah Wood, Rose Leslie, Julie Engelbrecht, Olafur Darri Olafsson, Rene Owen, Isaach de Bankole, Joseph Gilgun. Up until now I always thought that The Chronicles Of Riddick was the nadir of Vin Diesel's film career. But now we have another contender for this dubious distinction with the messy, special effects heavy fantasy The Last Witch Hunter, which was a vanity project for the star. Based on a series of graphic novels, The Last Witch Hunter has been written by a trifecta of Continue reading

LOVE IS STRANGE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ira Sachs Stars: John Lithgow, Alfred Molina, Marisa Tomei, Darren Burrows, Charlie Tahan, Cheyenne Jackson, Manny Perez, Eric Tabach. Love is indeed strange, elusive and even painful at times. New York filmmaker Ira Sachs often explores queer politics and gay themes, but this beautifully observed, poignant, bittersweet and touching comic drama is arguably his most accessible film yet. And it is certainly a nice change of pace from his more confronting and semi-autobiographical Keep The Lights On. Love Is Strange benefits enormously Continue reading

RUN ALL NIGHT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jaume Collet-Sera Stars: Liam Neeson, Ed Harris, Joel Kinnaman, Vincent D'Onofrio, Bruce McGill, Boyd Holbrook, Common, Genesis Rodriguez, Lois Smith, Nick Nolte, James Martinez. Is Liam Neeson becoming the new Charles Bronson, a staple of the kind of routine, shoot-em-up vengeance vehicle that dominated the cinema in the 70s and early 80s? With films like Taken and its sequels, Non-stop, etc, Neeson has become the action hero du jour, and he manages to acquit himself well in these testosterone heavy roles. He has a solid and dependable Continue reading

A MOST VIOLENT YEAR

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: J C Chandor Stars: Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, Albert Brooks, David Oyelowo, Alessandro Nivola, Elyes Gabel, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Peter Gerety, Ashley Williams. In 1981 New York was a city in decline, and statistically was regarded as one of the most violent years in its history, with both the crime and murder rate spiraling. This era of lawlessness forms the backdrop for this character driven piece about crime and corruption. This is the third film from director J C Chandor, whose impressive filmography includes Margin Call, a Continue reading

ANNIE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Will Gluck Stars: Jamie Foxx, Rose Byrne, Quvenzhane Wallis, Cameron Diaz, Bobby Cannavale, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, David Zayas, Zoe Margaret Colleti, Nicolette Pierini, Eden Duncan Smith, Amanda Troya, Dorian Missick, Tracie Thomas, Mike Birbiglia, Stephanie Kurtzuba. This new version of the feelgood hit play about the little orphan girl Annie searching for the parents who abandoned her is serviceable enough but probably unnecessary. The character was originally created for a comic strip by Harold Gray, but in the 70s Thomas Continue reading