VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Luc Besson Stars: Dane De Haan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen, Herbie Hancock, Rutger Hauer, Louis Leterrier, Olivier Megaton, Rihanna, Ethan Hawke, Kris Wu, Sam Spruell, Alain Chabat, voices of Elizabeth Debicki, John Goodman. Twenty years after he gave us The Fifth Element, director Luc Besson returns to the futuristic sci-fi genre with this flawed special-effects heavy space opera that plays out on a grander and visually epic canvas. Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets is based on the Continue reading

HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jason Eisener Stars: Rutger Hauer, Jason Bateman, Brian Downey, Gregory Smith, Molly Dunsworth. Like Robert Rodriguez’s Machete, Hobo With A Shotgun actually began life as one of the fake trailers in the Grindhouse experience. The title basically says all you need to know about this extra-violent take on the vigilante genre. Rutger Hauer (from Blade Runner, etc) plays the titular nameless hobo, who jumps off a train and ends up in the lawless Hope Town, which has been rechristened "F--k Town". The town itself is a cesspool of Continue reading

THE RITE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Mikael Hafstrom Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Ciaran Hinds, Toby Jones, Colin O'Donoghue, Marta Gastini, Alice Braga, Rutger Hauer. Hannibal Lecter does exorcisms? Even though it is nearly forty years old, William Friedkin’s 1973 frightfest The Exorcist is still the benchmark by which all other films about demonic possession will be judged. And so it is with the lacklustre and turgidly paced Exorcist clone The Rite. This is more of a psychological thriller, which explores the banality of evil with a distinct lack of urgency. The Continue reading