GOING CLEAR: SCIENTOLOGY AND THE PRISON OF BELIEF

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Alex Gibney.   Church of the poison mind? Based on the revealing book written in 2013 by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author Lawrence Wright, Going Clear is an eye opening documentary about the Church of Scientology. Wright's book is the starting point for this film from prolific Oscar winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney (The Armstrong Lie, Wikileaks: We Steal Secrets, etc). Gibney previously probed the darker side of religion in his 2012 documentary Silence In The House Of God, which looked at the Continue reading

THE NEXT THREE DAYS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Paul Haggis Stars: Russell Crowe, Elizabeth Banks, Liam Neeson, Brian Dennehy, Helen Carey, Olivia Wilde. A moderately gripping yarn about a man who goes to extraordinary lengths to break his wife out of prison, The Next Three Days requires a healthy suspension of disbelief from the audience to succeed. Mild mannered college professor John Brennan (Russell Crowe) finds his life turned upside down when his lawyer wife Lara (Elizabeth Banks) is arrested for the murder of her colleague. Most of the evidence against her is Continue reading

CRASH

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Paul Haggis Stars: Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle, Matt Dillon, Brendan Fraser, Terrence Howard, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Thandie Newton, Ryan Phillipe, Larenz Tate, William Fichtner, Jennifer Esposito. In the same vein as Altman's Short Cuts and Paul Thomas Anderson's overrated Magnolia, Crash is a sprawling film, featuring multi-layered and parallel narratives, populated by a variety of characters, whose lives and actions often intersect those of others during a thirty six hour period in Los Angeles. Crash is a powerful, Continue reading

MILLION DOLLAR BABY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Clint Eastwood Stars: Clint Eastwood, Hilary Swank, Morgan Freeman, Margo Martindale, Lucia Rijker Clint Eastwood is one of the best American film makers around, and as he gets older, he also seems to get better. Now the wrong side of 70, he is aware that he can no longer play the action hero so he has turned his hand to making more subtle and mature dramas, of which Mystic River has been the peak. It was unfortunate that it got unjustly steamrollered by the Lord Of The Rings juggernaut at last year's Oscars - in any other year Continue reading