THE LONGEST RIDE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: George Tillman jr Stars: Scott Eastwood, Britt Robertson, Alan Alda, Jack Huston, Oona Chaplin, Lolita Davidovitch, Melissa Benoist, Gloria Rueben. "True love requires sacrifice," says Ira Levinson (Alan Alda), in The Longest Ride, the 10th formulaic and somewhat predictable romantic drama from the prolific pen of Nicholas Sparks, who writes manipulative, three handkerchief weepies. The popular and unashamedly soppy The Notebook is probably the best example of his work, mainly because of the chemistry between Ryan Gosling and Rachel Continue reading

SERENA

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Susanne Bier Stars: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Rhys Ifans, Toby Jones, Sean Harris, David Dencik, Ana Ularu, Sam Reid. This downbeat and nihilistic depression era drama is set in a logging camp in North Carolina during the height of the Depression. Despite the dangerous nature of the work there are lots of people looking for work. The camp belongs to George Pemberton (played by Bradley Cooper), who is keen to expand his timber empire and eventually hopes to open up a new logging company in Brazil. Pemberton's logging business is Continue reading