BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Drew Goddard Stars: Jeff Bridges, Jon Hamm, Chris Hemsworth, Cynthia Erivo, Dakota Johnson, Lewis Pullman, Cailee Spaeny, Nick Offerman, Shea Whigham, Xavier Dolan. The El Royale hotel straddles the border between California and Nevada, and guests can have a choice of staying in the California suites, which offer warmth or the Nevada rooms which seem to offer a bridge between the past and a brand-new future. It is 1969, the tail end of darker and turbulent period of American history with Richard Nixon in the White House. J Edgar Continue reading

SING

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Garth Jennings Stars: voices of: Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Taron Egerton, Scarlett Johansson, Tori Kelly, Seth McFarlane, John C Reilly, Nick Kroll, Jennifer Saunders, Jennifer Hudson, Nick Offerman, Leslie Jones, Garth Jennings, Beck Bennett, Peter Serafinowicz, Jay Pharoah, Rhea Pearlman. Like the recent Zootopia, the animated, family friendly Sing is set in a city populated entirely by animals, creatures great and small. Buster Moon (voiced by Matthew McConaughey) is a koala who runs a theatre, but he has fallen Continue reading

THE FOUNDER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: John Le Hancock Stars: Michael Keaton, Nick Offerman, John Carroll Lynch, Laura Dern, Linda Cardellini, Patrick Wilson, B J Novak, Mike Pniewski. The Founder was inspired by the biography of Ray Kroc, the man who turned a small hamburger stand in San Bernardino California into McDonalds, a fast food empire spanning the globe, employing thousands, and reaping in billions of dollars every year. It feeds approximately 1% of the world's population, and its golden arches are one of the most readily recognised symbols on the planet. How 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

A WALK IN THE WOODS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ken Kwapis Stars: Robert Redford, Nick Nolte, Emma Thompson, Nick Offerman, Kristen Schaal, Mary Steenbergen. We have had several films recently in which characters have hiked some challenging paths in order to find solace, comfort or redemption. There was Emile Hirsch as the doomed Christopher McCandless in Sean Penn's Into The Wild, Martin Sheen as a grieving father walking the Santiago de Compostela trail in memory of his dead son in The Way, and Reese Witherspoon hiked the Pacific Coast Trail in Wild. Now we get two older men hiking Continue reading