HOLMES & WATSON

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Etan Cohen Stars: Will Ferrell, John C Reilly, Rebecca Hall, Kelly Macdonald, Pam Ferris, Ralph Fiennes, Rob Brydon, Steve Coogan, Hugh Laurie, Noah Jupe, Lauren Lapkus, Michael Culkin. My list of the worst films of 2018 has just had a late addition with Holmes & Watson, an execrable and terribly unfunny piece of nonsense that will have Sir Arthur Conan Doyle spinning in his grave. Conan Doyle’s estate gave permission for the filmmakers to use the famous characters, but in hindsight they should sue! This dire comedy about the Continue reading

KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Travis Knight Stars: voices of Charlize Theron, Matthew McConaughey, Art Parkinson, Ralph Fiennes, Rooney Mara, Brenda Vaccaro, George Takei, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa. This stop motion animated action adventure comes from Laika Studios, and maintains the high standards established by their previous works like Coraline and Paranorman. Set in a mythical Japan during the era of the Samurai, the film draws upon the traditions and culture of ancient Japan, including the Kabuki theatre, origami, samurai legends and anime comics. Written by Continue reading

A BIGGER SPLASH – interview with Luca Guadagnino

by GREG KING     A Bigger Splash is the new film from Italian director Luca Guadagnino. It stars Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes and Dakota Johnson. Greg spoke to Luca, who was in town to promote the film with a series of Q&A screenings, to find out more about the making of the movie. "I wish I could be more like one of my favourites Stanley Kubrick, able to not speak to anybody about my movie but let the movies speak for themselves," confesses prolific Italian filmmaker Luca Guadagnino. Better known for the gorgeous 2009 drama I Am Love, Continue reading

SPECTRE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Sam Mendes Stars: Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Lea Seydoux, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Dave Bautista, Andrew Scott, Rory Kinnear, Monica Belluci, Jesper Christensen. I thought that Skyfall was one of the best Bond movies of the past fifty years, so I was eagerly looking forward to the latest instalment in this long running franchise. After all, Skyfall director Sam Mendes was back at the helm. But Spectre was a little disappointing by comparison. At 148 minutes, it is over long and there are a few spots where the pace Continue reading

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: David Yates Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Alan Rickman, Ralph Fiennes, Maggie Smith, Domhnall Gleeson, John Hurt, Warwick Davis, Helena Bonham Carter, Matthew Lewis, Michael Gambon, Ciaran Hinds. One of the most successful and lucrative film franchises draws to a close after ten years with this eighth film in the epic Harry Potter series. The adaptation of final novel was split into two parts, although some cynically thought the decision was made on a purely financial basis. Steve Kloves, who has written all Continue reading