MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Kenneth Branagh Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Michelle Pfeiffer, Johnny Depp, Willem Dafoe, Daisy Ridley, Josh Gad, Judi Dench, Olivia Colman, Penelope Cruz, Leslie Odom jr, Lucy Boynton, Sergei Polunin, Tom Bateman, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo. Strangers On A Train? Agatha Christie is the world's best-selling author, having sold some 2 billion copies of her crime and mystery novels. She has written 66 novels, 33 of which feature her famous creation, the arrogant, fastidious and brilliant Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot. Many of her books Continue reading

GRIMSBY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Louis Leterrier Stars: Sacha Baron Cohen, Mark Strong, Isla Fisher, Penelope Cruz, Rebel Wilson, Ian McShane, Gabourey Sidibe, Tamsin Egerton, Ricky Tomlinson, David Harewood, Scott Adkins, Sam Hazeldine, Barkhadi Abdi. The spy genre is rife material for spoofing, and there have been numerous attempts, from the classic tv series Get Smart through to Leslie Nielsen's Spy Hard to the more recent Melissa McCarthy vehicle simply entitled Spy. And now we get Grimsby, the new action comedy from Sacha Baron Cohen, the man who gave us such Continue reading

ZOOLANDER 2

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ben Stiller Stars: Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Penelope Cruz, Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, Justin Theroux, Cyrus Arnold, Milla Jovovich, Billy Zane, Kiefer Sutherland, Benedict Cumberbatch, Kyle Mooney, Nathan Lee Graham, Susan Sarandon, Justin Bieber, Christine Taylor, John Malkovich, Katy Perry, Fred Armisen, Sting, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Anna Wintour, Willie Nelson, Tommy Hilfiger, Marc Jacobs. This sequel is one of the year's dumbest comedies, with a capital "D". It's been fifteen years since Ben Stiller unleashed his creation of Derek Continue reading

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Rob Marshall Stars: Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Ian McShane, Richard Griffith, Penelope Cruz, Sam Claflin. Johnny Depp returns for the fourth time as the foppish pirate Captain Jack Sparrow in a film that is only marginally more enjoyable than the overblown and bloated Pirates 3. Rob Marshall, who is better known for musicals like Chicago, etc, has been brought aboard to revamp the franchise, but wisely he doesn’t tamper too much with the winning formula. There is still plenty of swashbuckling action and a healthy dose of the Continue reading

VANILLA SKY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Cameron Crowe Stars: Tom Cruise, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Timothy Spall, Jason Lee, Kurt Russell, Tilda Swinton, Noah Taylor. A remake of the Spanish film Abre Los Ojos (Open Your Eyes), Cameron Crowe's Vanilla Sky is a bewildering, existential sci-fi thriller that will be mainly remembered as the film that led to the split in the fairy tale marriage between Hollywood's favourite son Tom Cruise and red hot flavour of the year Nicole Kidman. The attendant publicity surrounding the breakup and the subsequent romance between Continue reading