THE JUDGE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: David Dobkin Stars: Robert Downey jr, Robert Duvall, Vincent D'Onofrio, Billy Bob Thornton, Vera Farmiga, Dax Shapard, Jeremy Strong, Ken Howard, Grace Zabriskie, Ken Howard, Balthazar Getty, David Krumholtz, Denis O'Hare, Leighton Meester, Emma Tremblay. The Judge is the first film produced under the auspices of Robert Downey jr's own fledgling production company, and this tale of a former bad boy finding redemption and forgiveness has palpable echoes of Downey's own true life fall from grace and eventual return to favour as a bona fide Continue reading

CHEF

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jon Favreau Stars: Jon Favreau, John Leguizamo, Emjay Anthony, Sofia Vergara, Dustin Hoffman, Oliver Platt, Bobby Cannavale, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey jr, Gary Collins. Food, glorious food! There have been lots of films like Julia And Julia, Eat Drink Man Woman, No Reservations, the romantic comedy Simply Irresistible, and 1996's Big Night that have mixed drama with fabulous, mouthwatering food and complicated family relationships, and Chef joins that short list. Chef is an unexpected cinematic treat. Jon Favreau leaves behind Continue reading

SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Guy Ritchie Stars: Robert Downey jr, Jude Law, Noomi Rapace, Jared Harris, Stephen Fry, Rachel McAdams. The name is Holmes, Sherlock Holmes. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s fictitious sleuth used his considerable powers of deduction, not brawn or violence, to solve crimes. Fans of the detective would have been horrified at the way in which British director Guy Ritchie (Snatch, Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels, etc) has messed with the tone of the character, turning him into an action hero in 2009’s bloated Sherlock Holmes. There Continue reading