PAVAROTTI

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Ron Howard. This is a well-researched and very informative documentary about famed opera tenor Luciano Pavarotti, a larger than life figure who brought opera to the masses. Pavarotti died from pancreatic cancer in 2007, aged 71, but left behind an enormous legacy. U2 frontman Bono calls Pavarotti “the rock star of the opera world” as he was able to fill stadiums around the world for his concerts. The film has been directed by Oscar winning filmmaker Ron Howard, who has, arguably never made a bad film yet. It Continue reading

SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ron Howard Stars: Alden Ehrenreich, Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton, Donald Glover, Paul Bettany, Joonas Suotamo, Linda Hunt, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Jon Favreau, Erin Kellyman, Ray Park. This stand-alone Star Wars film gives us the backstory of the roguish Han Solo, how he met Chewbacca and got his hands on the iconic Millennium Falcon. Solo has been written by Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back, Return Of The Jedi, etc) and his son Jonathan. Kasdan knows his Star Wars lore, and Solo is filled with sly Continue reading

INFERNO

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ron Howard Stars: Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones, Ben Foster, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Omar Sy, Irrfan Khan, Xavier Laurent, Ana Ulara, Ida Darvish. Inferno is the third film adapted from the series of novels written by Dan Brown featuring the religious symbologist Robert Langdon (played by Tom Hanks). A symbologist is the type of arcane profession that only exists within the cloistered world of academia or the pages of thriller novels. Although the second novel in the series, it was the bestselling The Da Vinci Code, which has sold Continue reading

THE BEATLES: EIGHT DAYS A WEEK – THE TOURING YEARS

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Ron Howard. In the 1960s The Beatles were the biggest band in the world, topping the charts and causing scenes of pandemonium and hysteria wherever they appeared. But their success changed both the music scene and the world forever. Beatlemania swept the world in an era before social media, and everywhere that the band went they were mobbed by thousands of hysterical, weeping fans, the sort of frenzied adulation that the likes of Justin Bieber, One Direction and many of today's teen idols can only dream of. In this Continue reading

THE DILEMMA

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ron Howard Stars: Vince Vaughn, Kevin James, Winona Ryder, Channing Tatum, Jennifer Connelly, Queen Latifah. The Dilemma is yet another of those laboured and unfunny comedies about male bonding in which grown ups act in irresponsible and immature fashion. It stars Vince Vaughn and Kevin James as Ronny and Nick, who have been best friends since college. They now run a small mechanical engineering firm that is working on creating an environmentally friendly electric engine that still provides plenty of growl and grunt, like the Continue reading