FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: David Yates Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Subol, Ezra Miller, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton, Jon Voight, Zoe Kravitz, Ron Perlman, Carmen Ejogo, Ronan Raftery, Johnny Depp. With the lucrative Harry Potter franchise done and dusted, author J K Rowling has expanded on her Potterverse with this stand alone tale set some seven decades before the adventures of the boy wizard. Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them serves as the launching pad for a new post-Potter franchise set against the world of Continue reading

THE BOOK OF LIFE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jorge R Gutierrez Stars: voices of Diego Luna, Zoe Saldana, Channing Tatum, Kate Del Castillo, Ron Perlman, Christina Applegate, Danny Trejo, Hector Elizondo, Ice Cube, Placido Domingo. "What is it with Mexicans and death?" This is the sophomore animated film from Texas based animation studio Reel FX, who previously gave us Free Birds, about a couple of turkeys who travel back in time to change the Thanksgiving tradition. The Book Of Life centres around the Mexican tradition of the Day of the Dead, and is steeped in Mexican lore and Continue reading

DRIVE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Nicholas Winding Refn Stars: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Oscar Isaac, Bryan Cranston, Albert Brooks, Ron Perlman. Maverick Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn makes tough, unflinchingly brutal and uncompromising dramas like his Pusher trilogy and the physically bruising Bronson. For his first American film, Refn has made a dark and downbeat hard boiled noir-like thriller that has moments of quiet punctuated by sudden explosive bursts of graphic, bloody violence. Refn brings an outsider’s perspective to his depiction of LA, Continue reading

CONAN THE BARBARIAN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Marcus Nispel Stars: Jason Momoa, Ron Perlman, Rose McGowan, Stephen Lang, Rachael Nichols, Morgan Freeman. Long before he was the Terminator, or even the governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger played the role of Conan the Cimmerian warrior first created by Robert E Howard in a series of fantasy novels in the 1930s. Schwarzenegger made the role his own in both Conan The Barbarian (1982), directed by John Milius, and the 1984 sequel Conan The Destroyer, directed by Richard Fleischer. In this unnecessary and misguided remake Continue reading

SEASON OF THE WITCH

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Dominic Sena Stars: Nicolas Cage, Ron Perlman, Claire Foy, Christopher Lee, Robert Sheehan, Ulrich Thompson, Stephen Campbell Moore, Stephen Graham. Sneaking into cinemas without much fanfare is Season Of The Witch, a rather dull, disappointing and inherently silly sword and sorcery adventure set in 14th century Europe. This clunky $40 million production flopped at the US box office and is being thrown away by the local distributors before it disappears onto DVD. The 14th century was a time of religious zealotry, the bloody Continue reading