JOURNEY’S END

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Saul Dibb Stars: Sam Claflin, Asa Butterfield, Paul Bettany, Toby Jones, Tom Sturridge, Stephen Graham, Rupert Wickham. A timely release sees this powerful and moving drama about the horrors of war, the senseless slaughter of a generation of young men, and the futility of it all, reach our screens to commemorate the centenary of the end of WWI, “the war to end all wars.” Journey’s End is an unflinchingly honest and raw look at the awful conditions of life in the trenches for the soldiers, and immerses audiences in the mud, the Continue reading

SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ron Howard Stars: Alden Ehrenreich, Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton, Donald Glover, Paul Bettany, Joonas Suotamo, Linda Hunt, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Jon Favreau, Erin Kellyman, Ray Park. This stand-alone Star Wars film gives us the backstory of the roguish Han Solo, how he met Chewbacca and got his hands on the iconic Millennium Falcon. Solo has been written by Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back, Return Of The Jedi, etc) and his son Jonathan. Kasdan knows his Star Wars lore, and Solo is filled with sly Continue reading

MORTDECAI

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: David Koepp Stars: Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow, Paul Bettany, Ewan McGregor, Olivia Munn, Jonny Pasvolsky, Jeff Goldblum, Michael Culkin, Ulrich Thomsen, Guy Burnet, Paul Whitehouse. Based on a 1973 novel Don't Point That Thing At Me, written by the late Kyril Bonfiglioli, the underwhelming Mortdecai is a flat and laboured comedy caper film that produces yet another dud for Johnny Depp. Once a respected character actor who brought to life some eccentric and troubled characters, in recent years Depp seems to have become a Continue reading

PRIEST

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Scott Stewart Stars: Paul Bettany, Maggie Q, Christopher Plummer, Lily Collins, Karl Urban, Cam Gigandet, Stephen Moyer. Unlike the recent Cowboys And Aliens, which combined two popular genres in an entertaining mash-up, Priest somehow is a rather dour and visually ugly hybrid of the western and horror genres. It is also an eminently unpleasant, chaotic, disappointing and forgettable piece of cinema. Priest follows the template of the John Wayne classic The Searchers, but this futuristic action film is set in a Continue reading

PRIEST

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Scott Stewart Stars: Paul Bettany, Karl Urban Christopher Plummer, Maggie Q, Can Gaigandet, Lily Collins. Unlike the recent Cowboys And Aliens, which combined two popular genres in an entertaining mash-up, Priest somehow is a rather dour and visually ugly hybrid of the western and horror genres. It is also an eminently unpleasant, chaotic, disappointing and forgettable piece of cinema. Priest follows the template of the John Wayne classic The Searchers, but this futuristic action film is set in a lawless, post-Apocalyptic Continue reading