JUDY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Rupert Goold Stars: Renee Zellweger, Rufus Sewell, Jessie Buckley, Finn Wittrock, Michael Gambon, Andy Nyman, Gemma-Leah Devereaux, Richard Cordery, Fenella Woolgar, Darci Shaw. It’s been fifty years since Judy Garland, the tragic self-destructive artist and former child star, died in 1969 at the age of 47 from an overdose of barbiturates. Rather than a conventional biopic about the legendary singer and actress, this is a drama that concentrates on the last few months of her life. At that time she was destitute, addicted Continue reading

HERCULES

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Brett Ratner Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Rufus Sewell, Ian McShane, John Hurt, Peter Mullan, Joseph Fiennes, Aksel Hennie, Ingrid Bolso Berdal, Reece Ritchie, Tobias Santelmann, Rebecca Ferguson, Isaac Andrews, Joe Anderson, Nicholas Moss. Having endured numerous other dire films about Greek Gods, demi-gods and warriors fighting to save their precious kingdoms from attacking enemies (300: Rise Of An Empire, Clash Of The Titans and its risible sequel, and especially Renny Harlin's recent awful Legend Of Hercules, etc) I had low expectations Continue reading

A DESTINY OF HER OWN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Marshall Herskovitz Stars: Catherine McCormack, Rufus Sewell, Oliver Platt, Moira Kelly, Naomi Watts, Jacqueline Bissett, Fred Ward, Jake Weber, Jeroen Krabbe, Joanna Cassidy, Daniel Lapaine, Simon Dutton, Peter Eyre, Justine Miceli. In overseas markets, A Destiny Of Her Own is also known as Dangerous Beauty, a stronger and far more appropriate title. This elaborate historical melodrama is set in the decadent Venice of the late 16th century, when women were still treated as second class citizens. Only the courtesans, in essence Continue reading

HAMLET

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Kenneth Branagh Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Derek Jacobi, Julie Christie, Richard Briers, Michael Maloney, Nicholas Farrell, Kate Winslet, Charlton Heston, Jack Lemmon, Timothy Spall, Robin Williams, Richard Attenborough, Brian Blessed, Billy Crystal, Judi Dench, Gerard Depardieu, Reece Dinsdale, John Gielgud, Rosemary Harris, John Mills, Rufus Sewell Running Time: 240 minutes. The play is certainly the thing in writer/director Kenneth Branagh's bold and ambitious four hour adaptation of Shakespeare's most famous tragedy. Branagh uses Continue reading