MORGAN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Luke Scott Stars: Kate Mara, Rose Leslie, Anya Taylor-Joy, Toby Jones, Paul Giamatti, Michelle Yeoh, Boyd Holbrook, Vinette Robinson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Brian Cox, Chris Sullivan, Michael Yare. Morgan: A Suitable Case For Termination? In a remote laboratory, a team of scientists have artificially created a young girl who has highly developed mental faculties. Morgan (played by Anya Taylor-Joy) has largely been raised in isolation and has little outside stimulation to shape her understanding of the world. She is confined to a Continue reading

STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: F Gary Gray Stars: O'Shea Jackson jr, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Aldis Hodge, Neil Brown jr, Paul Giamatti, R Marcos Taylor, Tate Ellington, Cleavon McClendon, Corey Reynolds, Keith Powers, Lisa Renee Pitts, Alexandra Shipp, Marlon Yates jr, Carra Patterson. Rap music is not to my taste, and many people find the misogynistic ideas, homophobia and anti-authoritarian messages of the often angry lyrics offensive. Much of the so-called gangsta rap music was born out of a frustration felt by younger black youths who were harassed by the Continue reading

MADAME BOVARY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Sophie Barthes Stars: Mia Wasikowska, Ezra Miller, Rhys Ifans, Paul Giamatti, Henry Lloyd-Hughes, Logan Marshall-Green, Laura Carmichael. Olivier Gourmet. Gustave Flaubert's 1865 brooding and bittersweet tragedy about a self destructive, adulterous 19th century housewife and her tragic fall from grace has been filmed many times, most notably by Claude Chabrol in 1991 and Vincente Minelli. There was even a more contemporary take on the character with the recent French film Gemma Bovary. And Woody Allen used Flaubert's iconic character as Continue reading

LOVE & MERCY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Bill Pohland Stars: Paul Dano, John Cusack, Elizabeth Banks, Paul Giamatti, Bill Camp, Kenny Wormald, Jake Abel, Brett Davern, Max Schneider, Joanna Going, Graham Rogers, Diana Maria Riva. This is an unconventional biopic of Brian Wilson, the songwriter and creative driving force behind 60s band The Beach Boys, whose songs of sun, surf and summer epitomised the California sound. Most biopics of musicians tend to explore their darker side as well as look at that fine line between genius and madness and Love & Mercy is no exception. Continue reading

SAN ANDREAS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Brad Peyton Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino, Alexandra Daddario, Paul Giamatti, Ioan Gruffudd, Archie Panjabi, Colton Haynes, Hugo Johnstone-Burt, Art Parkinson,Kylie Minogue, Will Yun Lee, Matt Gerald, Alec Utgoff. In the 70s the disaster film was quite a popular genre, with producer Irwin Allen establishing the template with films such as Earthquake, The Towering Inferno, The Poseidon Adventure. Along with films like Airport the genre dominated at the box office in the early 70s until a few lesser efforts tanked. These films Continue reading