PATRIOTS DAY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Peter Berg Stars: Mark Wahlberg, John Goodman, Kevin Bacon, J K Simmons, Christopher O'Shea, Michelle Monaghan, Alex Wolff, Themo Melikidze, Rachel Brosnahan, Jake Picking, Jimmy O Yang, Melissa Benoist, James Colby, Michael Beach, Adam Trese, Khandi Alexander. Is it too soon for a film depicting the 2013 terrorist bombing of the annual Boston Marathon? Some would probably say yes and suggest that the film touches a nerve that is still pretty raw. But others would argue that a film like Patriots Day treats the subject with Continue reading

DEEPWATER HORIZON

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Peter Berg Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, John Malkovich, Kate Hudson, Dylan O'Brien, Ethan Suplee, Gina Rodriguez, Brad Leland, James DuMont, Douglas M Griffin, Jason Kirkpatrick, J D Evermore, Joe Chrest. The towering oil rig inferno? In April 2010 the Deepwater Horizon, a free floating oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico some 40 miles off the coast of Louisiana, exploded. Eleven of the 126 crew were killed and some 50 million barrels of oil spilled into the Gulf, creating the biggest environmental disaster in US history. This Continue reading

LONE SURVIVOR

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Peter Berg Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Ben Foster, Emile Hirsch, Eric Bana. Based on the bestselling memoir written by veteran SEAL Marcus Luttrell, Lone Survivor is the harrowing true story of Operation Red Wings, a failed top secret mission that took place in Afghanistan in 2005. Luttrell (played here by Mark Wahlberg) led an elite squad of SEALs behind enemy lines to capture of kill a Taliban commander. But before the mission really begins, the four soldiers encounter a group of shepherds in the rugged forest near the Continue reading

THE GREATEST MOVIE EVER SOLD

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Morgan Spurlock. Rabble rousing Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock has tackled the issue of obesity in Super Size Me, and looked at terrorism and the cult of personality in Where In The World Is Osama Bin Laden? Like Michael Moore, Spurlock is a shameless showman who loves attention-getting stunts to illustrate his viewpoint, even if his subject matter is more lightweight and seemingly trivial by comparison. In his latest documentary he turns his attention to the potent power and insidious Continue reading

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Peter Berg Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Lukas Black, Derek Luke, Jay Hernandez, Garrett Hedlund, Tim McGraw. High school football has been the subject of many American movies, ranging from the vapid Varsity Blues through to the inspirational true story of Remember The Titans, and many often buy into the sport as a metaphor for life theme. Friday Night Lights is yet another film set against the background of high school football, but this one takes a different tack as it explores grander themes than just the sport Continue reading