MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Christopher McQuarrie Stars: Tom Cruise, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Henry Cavill, Rebecca Ferguson, Alec Baldwin, Sean Harris, Vanessa Kirby, Angela Bassett, Michelle Monaghan, Wes Bentley. Most film franchises seem to run out of inspiration before too long, but the Mission Impossible series seems to have gone from strength to strength, with the Brad Bird helmed Ghost Protocol being arguably the strongest film to date. Rogue Nation (2015) took the series in a slightly different direction under the direction of Christopher McQuarrie Continue reading

EX MACHINA

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Alex Garland Stars: Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, Alicia Vikander, Sonoya Mizuno. Novelist and screenwriter Alex Garland is interested in exploring thought provoking ideas about technology and the breakdown of society, and dystopian worlds. He is best known for his collaborations with director Danny Boyle (The Beach, 28 Days Later, Sunshine, etc). With his latest film though Garland tackles the concept of artificial intelligence, a theme that has been explored in science fiction films before, from the sinister rogue computer HAL in the Continue reading

TESTAMENT OF YOUTH

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: James Kent Stars: Alicia Vikander, Dominic West, Emily Watson, Kit Harington, Taron Egerton, Colin Morgan, Miranda Richardson, Hayley Atwell, Henry Garrett. Vera Brittain is one of the foremost figures of the pacifist movement of the twentieth century. Her views on the horrors of war and the waste of a generation of young men were formed and shaped by her experiences as a nurse at the front during some of the bloody battles of WWI. Her outspoken views though were not always readily welcomed by a public clamouring for retribution and Continue reading

THE FIRST GRADER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Justin Chadwick Stars: Oliver Litondo, Naomie Harris, Alfred Munyua. Based on the true story of Kimani N’gan’ga Maruge, The First Grader tells the moving story of an 84 year-old Kenyan farmer and ex-Mau Mau freedom fighter who fights for his right to go to school. In 2003, the Kenyan government announced a policy of free education for everyone. Illiterate 84-year old Maruge (Oliver Litondo) turns up at the local primary school demanding his right to be taught how to read and write. He has received a letter from the President, Continue reading