JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: J A Bayona Stars: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Justice Smith, Ted Levine, Rafe Spall, James Cromwell, Isabella Sermon, Geraldine Chaplin, Toby Jones, Daniella Pineda, B D Wong, Jeff Goldblum. Like so many other long running and successful film franchises before it, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the fifth film in the Jurassic Park franchise, delivers diminishing returns. And while the special effects and CGI technology that brought dinosaurs to life on the big screen has advanced markedly Continue reading

THE BFG

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Steven Spielberg Stars: Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill, Penelope Wilton, Jemaine Clement, Rebecca Hall, Rafe Spall, Bill Hader. Roald Dahl is an author who has an innate understanding of the inner mind of children and a great imagination that has shaped his popular children's tales like Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Matilda, James And The Giant Peach, The Fantastic Mr Fox, etc. His stories have sold over 200 million copies, and many of them have been filmed. With an often mischievous sense of humour, his tales appeal to children, but Continue reading

X + Y

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Morgan Matthews Stars: Asa Butterfield, Sally Hawkins, Rafe Spall, Eddie Marsan, Martin McCann, Jo Yang. This moving drama about an autistic teenage maths prodigy is something of a cross between A Beautiful Mind, The Big Bang Theory and an adolescent RainMan. The film itself has been based on director Morgan Matthews' own 2007 documentary Beautiful Young Minds, which looked at the prestigious International Mathematics Olympiad, an international competition that brings together the best and brightest from around the world. This is a Continue reading

PROMETHEUS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ridley Scott Stars: Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Guy Pearce, Noomi Rapace, Rafe Spall, Sean Harris, Idris Elba, Logan Marshall-Green. In 1979, Alien indelibly stamped itself on the consciousness of filmgoers with its memorable sequence of the alien creature bursting forth from John Hurt’s stomach before running amok on a space ship in outer space, where no-one could hear you scream. Thirty-three years later, director Ridley Scott returns to the Alien franchise for this prequel which is set in 2093, some forty years before the Continue reading

ANONYMOUS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Roland Emmerich Stars: Rhys Ifans, Sebastian Armesto, Rafe Spall, David Thewlis, Vanessa Redgrave, Joely Richardson, . Roland Emmerich is best known for his big budget, special effects driven disaster movies, like Independence Day, 2012, The Day After Tomorrow, etc. His latest film is set against the background of palace intrigues and conspiracies in the court of Elizabeth I, and explores the controversy of the authorship of Shakespeare’s plays. For decades, scholars have debated whether Shakespeare actually wrote the plays Continue reading