MY COUSIN RACHEL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Roger Michell Stars: Rachel Weisz, Sam Claflin, Holliday Grainger, Iain Glen, Pierfrancesco Favino. The novels of British author Daphne Du Maurier have provided a great source of material for filmmakers with their deft mix of intrigue, mystery, murder, obsession, mistrust and romance. Alfred Hitchcock captured the gothic atmosphere of her novel Rebecca, while he brought a sense of unease and menace to his adaptation of The Birds, a tale in which nature seemed to take vengeance on mankind. Nicolas Roeg turned her story Don’t Look Continue reading

DENIAL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Mick Jackson Stars: Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson, Timothy Spall, Andrew Scott, Harriet Walter, Jack Lowden, Alex Jennings, Mark Gatiss, Caren Pistorius, John Sessions. The well-acted and intelligent courtroom drama Denial is a dramatic depiction of the real life high profile 1996 libel trial in which controversial historian and Holocaust denier David Irving (here played by Timothy Spall) sued American academic and historian Deborah Lipstadt (Rachel Weisz) for libel over comments she made about him in her book Denying The Holocaust: The Continue reading

THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Derek Cianfrance Stars: Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander, Rachel Weisz, Jack Thompson, Garry McDonald, Bryan Brown, Anthony Hayes, Jane Menelaus, Florence Clery, Thomas Unger, Benedict Hardie, Emily Barclay. A melodramatic and heart wrenching tale of love, sacrifice, responsibility, grief, forgiveness, and the impossible choices that parents sometimes have to make for the sake of their children, The Light Between Oceans is a lush and visually gorgeous adaptation of the best selling 2012 novel written by M L Stedman. Fans of the Continue reading

YOUTH

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Paolo Sorrentino Stars: Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, Paul Dano, Jane Fonda, Alex MacQueen, Roly Serrano, Ed Stoppard, Luna Zimic Mijovic, Paloma Faith. Music and images have always played an important part in the films of Italian director Paolo Sorrentino, who won an Oscar for his grandiose and occasionally self-indulgent Felliniesque The Great Beauty, a film that divided audiences. These elements also play an important role in his latest film Youth, which is a surreal, melancholy, bittersweet, visually sumptuous, poetic Continue reading

THE LOBSTER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Yorgos Lanthimos Stars: Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Lea Seydoux, John C Reilly, Ben Whishaw, Roger Ashton-Griffiths, Jessica Barden, Angeliki Papoulia, Michael Smiley. The films of Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth, etc) are strange, off beat, enigmatic, unsettling, confronting, and often hard to fathom, and have divided audiences. The Lobster, his first English language feature film, is no exception, and will probably go down as one of the weirdest films to hit screens this year. It won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Continue reading