JUDY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Rupert Goold Stars: Renee Zellweger, Rufus Sewell, Jessie Buckley, Finn Wittrock, Michael Gambon, Andy Nyman, Gemma-Leah Devereaux, Richard Cordery, Fenella Woolgar, Darci Shaw. It’s been fifty years since Judy Garland, the tragic self-destructive artist and former child star, died in 1969 at the age of 47 from an overdose of barbiturates. Rather than a conventional biopic about the legendary singer and actress, this is a drama that concentrates on the last few months of her life. At that time she was destitute, addicted Continue reading

BRIDGET JONES’S BABY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Sharon Maguire Stars: Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth, Patrick Dempsey, Emma Thompson, Sarah Solemani, Jim Broadbent, Gemma Jones, Shirley Henderson, Neil Pearson, Sally Phillips, Patrick Malahide, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Ed Sheeran, Enzo Cilenti, Celia Imrie. In 1995 author Helen Fielding created the character of Bridget Jones, a thirty something single professional woman living in London, for a column in London's Independent newspaper. Bridget Jones was an iconic character for single women, and the character became so popular that Continue reading

ONE TRUE THING

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Carl Franklin Stars: Meryl Streep, Renee Zellweger, William Hurt, Tom Everett Scott, Lauren Graham, Nicky Katt, Gerrit Graham, Mary Catherine Wright, Hallee Hirsh, Patrick Breen. Adapted from Anna Quindlen's acclaimed novel, One True Thing is the latest film in the terminal disease cum moving women's melodrama genre (Stepmom, Beaches, etc). It's sure to have sensitive audiences reaching for their tissues, while others will easily resist its more cynically manipulative designs. The film explores familiar territory, but first time Continue reading