TOLKIEN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Dome Karukoski Stars: Nicholas Hoult, Lily Collins, Colm Meaney, Derek Jacobi, Tom Glynn-Carney, Anthony Boyle, Patrick Gibson, Harry Gilby, Craig Roberts, Laura Donnelly, Pam Ferris. One biopic to rule them all? This earnest biopic about John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, the author of The Hobbit and the sprawling epic and influential fantasy The Lord Of The Rings, gives some insights into the creative process but is also something of a pedestrian affair. Given the celebrated nature of his novels it is a little surprising to learn Continue reading

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: George Miller Stars: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Keays-Byrne, John Howard, Josh Helman, Zoe Kravitz, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Richard Carter, Angus Sampson, Megan Gale, Melissa Jaffer, Gillian Jones, Joy Smithers, Quentin Kenihan, Richard Norton. It's been thirty years since we last heard from "Mad Max" Rockatansky, in the average Beyond Thunderdome, the final film in George Miller's post-apocalyptic trilogy. That film was more memorable for Tina Turner's anthemic theme song rather than anything else. The second Continue reading

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Bryan Singer Stars: Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Peter Dinklage, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Nicholas Hoult, Ellen Page, Omar Sy, Evan Peters, Halle Berry, Marc Carmaro, Shawn Ashmore, Anna Paquin, Josh Helman, Daniel Cudmore, Fan Bingbing. Much like Star Trek: Generations brought together two franchises of the popular sci-fi series, so too does the latest X-Men film bring together the stars of the two franchises. Bryan Singer brought the comic book characters to the screen in 2000 with the first Continue reading

WARM BODIES

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jonathan Levine Stars: Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, John Malkovich, Rob Corddry, Dave Franco. A zombie date movie? A post-apocalyptic love story? Warm Bodies is both, and offers a fresh twist on the familiar cliches of the zombie film at the same time. It has the same appeal to audiences as some of the other great zombie movies like the marvelous British comedy Shaun Of The Dead and George A Romero's classic Night Of The Living Dead. And of course HBO's The Walking Dead has also sparked a renewed interest in all things undead. Warm Continue reading

X MEN: FIRST CLASS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Matthew Vaughn Stars: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Jennifer Lawrence, Rose Byrne, Kevin Bacon, January Jones, Lucas Till, Caleb Landry Jones, Edi Gathegi, Oliver Platt, Zoe Kravitz . This fifth film in the X Men franchise is an origin story that takes us back to an earlier time and gives us the backstory of the two central characters Professor X and Magneto. While remaining respectful of its comic book origins, X Men: First Class breathes new life into the franchise. The film is set in the early ‘60s, a Continue reading