HOSTILES

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Scott Cooper. Stars: Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike, Jonathan Majors, Rory Cochrane, Scott Shepherd, David Midthunder, Stephen Lang, Wes Studi, Ben Foster, Jesse Plemons, Timothée Chalamet, Adam Beach, Scott Wilson, Q’orianka Kilcher, Tanaya Beatty, Ryan Bingham. Christian Bale returns to the western genre for the first time since the remake of 3.10 To Yuma in 2007. Hostiles also reunites him with director Scott Cooper, who put him through his paces in the gritty urban drama Out Of The Continue reading

A UNITED KINGDOM

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Amma Asante Stars: David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, Jack Davenport, Tom Felton, Vusi Kunera. African history is full of great dramatic stories and rich in themes about the hardships of colonialism, the struggle for independence, war, adventure, exploitation. A United Kingdom is based upon the true story surrounding the founding of the independent nation of Botswana in the 1960s. At the centre of the film is the romance between Seretse Khama (played with strength and sense of dignity by David Oyelowo, who we recently saw in Continue reading

WHAT WE DID ON OUR HOLIDAY

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Andy Hamilton, Guy Jenkin Stars: David Tennant, Rosamund Pike, Ben Miller, Billy Connolly, Amelia Bullmore, Celia Imrie, Emily Jones, Bobby Smalldridge, Harriet Turnbull, Annette Crosbie. The rather bland title of the delightful British comedy/drama sounds like the type of essay we used to write on the first day back at school after the summer break. But it is far more inventive and quirky that probably anything we wrote back then. What We Did On Our Holiday is another film about a dysfunctional family gathering that eventually proves Continue reading

HECTOR AND THE SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Peter Chelsom Stars: Simon Pegg, Rosamund Pike, Stellan Skarsgard, Toni Collette, Christopher Plummer, Jean Reno, Barry Atsma, Togo Igawa, Veronica Ferres, Ming Zhao. The title sounds like this should be a fanciful children's story, but this mix of comedy and drama is more adult in its themes. A German and Canadian co-production, Hector And The Search For Happiness is an adaptation of the novel written by French psychiatrist Francois Lelord. It stars Simon Pegg as the eponymous hero, a psychiatrist who has grown disillusioned and Continue reading

BARNEY’S VERSION

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Richard Lewis Stars: Paul Giamatti, Rachelle Lefeve, Minnie Driver, Rosamund Pike, Mark Addy, Dustin Hoffman, Scott Speedman. Montreal based television producer Barney Panofsky (Paul Giamatti) is a mean-spirited and ungrateful so and so who has completely screwed over everyone he has ever met or cared about in his life. Or at least that is the opinion of a jaded detective (Mark Addy) who has written a vitriolic tell all boon in which he accuses Barney of literally having gotten away with murder. But Barney has his own version of Continue reading