THE OLD MAN AND THE GUN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: David Lowery Stars: Robert Redford, Sissy Spacek, Casey Affleck, Danny Glover, Tom Waits, Tika Sumpter, John David Washington, Isiah Whitlock jr. This amiable light comedic caper is supposedly Robert Redford’s last film. At 82 the legendary veteran actor has announced that this would be his last film as he pulls the plug on his stellar 60-year career. And what a way to go out. (Although you might recall that Clint Eastwood said the same thing around the time he made Gran Torino, supposedly his swan song as an actor, but he has Continue reading

PETE’S DRAGON

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: David Lowery Stars: Bryce Dallas Howard, Wes Bentley, Karl Urban, Robert Redford, Oakes Fegley, Oona Laurence, Isiah Whitlock jr, Marcus Henderson. Disney seem intent on remaking live action versions of their back catalogue of animated classics, and we've had the likes of The Jungle Book, Alice In Wonderland, Cinderella and even Beauty And The Beast undergo this treatment. For the most part they have been very successful and put a new spin on familiar stories. And now we get this live action treatment of the forgettable and Continue reading

TRUTH

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: James Vanderbilt Stars: Cate Blanchett, Robert Redford, Dennis Quaid, Topher Grace, Elizabeth Moss, Stacy Keach, Bruce Greenwood, Noni Hazlehurst, Dermot Mulroney, John Benjamin Hickey, David Lyons, Andrew McFarlane, Connor Burke, Lewis Fitz-Gerald, Philip Quast, Steve Bastoni, Chris Mulkey, Martin Sacks, Nicholas Hope . All The President's Men stands as a touchstone procedural movie about investigative journalism. In that 1976 film, which was based on actual events, two dogged Washington Post journalists probed a burglary at the Continue reading

A WALK IN THE WOODS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ken Kwapis Stars: Robert Redford, Nick Nolte, Emma Thompson, Nick Offerman, Kristen Schaal, Mary Steenbergen. We have had several films recently in which characters have hiked some challenging paths in order to find solace, comfort or redemption. There was Emile Hirsch as the doomed Christopher McCandless in Sean Penn's Into The Wild, Martin Sheen as a grieving father walking the Santiago de Compostela trail in memory of his dead son in The Way, and Reese Witherspoon hiked the Pacific Coast Trail in Wild. Now we get two older men hiking Continue reading

ALL IS LOST

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: J C CHandor Stars: Robert Redford. Another old man and the sea? Like Castaway and Gravity before it, this suspenseful drama is another sparse survival story about a lone protagonist. Also like the Australian drama Tracks which also hit local cinemas this week, All Is Lost is the story of one person's odyssey to survive in a harsh environment. But unlike Tracks, which is visually stunning but dramatically dull, All Is Lost ratchets up the suspense and tension, and there is a very real sense of danger that follows our hero. The main Continue reading