SNOWDEN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Oliver Stone Stars: Joseph Gordon Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Rhys Ifans, Nicolas Cage, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quino, Tom Wilkinson, Timothy Olyphant, Scott Eastwood, Ben Schnetzer, Ben Chaplin, Logan Marshall Green, Joely Richardson. Dual Oscar winning filmmaker Oliver Stone is a polarising figure with a strong political conscience whose films often shake up the establishment. His films have often explored themes of power and corruption and complex issues about American values in the modern world. He has explored some of the darker Continue reading

SHE’S FUNNY THAT WAY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Peter Bogdanovich Stars: Owen Wilson, Imogen Poots, Rhys Ifans, Kathryn Hahn, Jennifer Aniston, Will Forte, Austin Pendleton, Joanna Lumley, Cybill Shepherd, Michael Shannon, Tatum O'Neal, Debi Mazar, George Morgofen, Tovah Feldshuh, Colleen Camp, Jennifer Esposito. We haven't seen much from former film historian and critic turned director Peter Bogdanovich on the big screen for a long time, as he has spent much of the past two decades concentrating on tv movies and directing the odd music video and an occasional episode of The Sopranos. Continue reading

MADAME BOVARY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Sophie Barthes Stars: Mia Wasikowska, Ezra Miller, Rhys Ifans, Paul Giamatti, Henry Lloyd-Hughes, Logan Marshall-Green, Laura Carmichael. Olivier Gourmet. Gustave Flaubert's 1865 brooding and bittersweet tragedy about a self destructive, adulterous 19th century housewife and her tragic fall from grace has been filmed many times, most notably by Claude Chabrol in 1991 and Vincente Minelli. There was even a more contemporary take on the character with the recent French film Gemma Bovary. And Woody Allen used Flaubert's iconic character as Continue reading

SERENA

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Susanne Bier Stars: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Rhys Ifans, Toby Jones, Sean Harris, David Dencik, Ana Ularu, Sam Reid. This downbeat and nihilistic depression era drama is set in a logging camp in North Carolina during the height of the Depression. Despite the dangerous nature of the work there are lots of people looking for work. The camp belongs to George Pemberton (played by Bradley Cooper), who is keen to expand his timber empire and eventually hopes to open up a new logging company in Brazil. Pemberton's logging business is 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