LIFE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Daniel Espinosa Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds, Rebecca Ferguson, Ariyon Bakare, Hiroyuki Sanada, Olga Dihovichnaya. Some mad movie scientist has spliced together the DNA of Alien, John Carpenter’s The Thing and Gravity, and the result is Life, a slick claustrophobic sci-fi thriller. This extra-terrestrial creature feature is familiar stuff and ticks all the right boxes, and it fills a void and will suffice until Ridley Scott unleashes his Alien Covenant later in the year. The film is set aboard the International Space Continue reading

DEADPOOL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Tim Miller Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Ed Skrein, Morena Baccarin, T J Miller, Leslie Uggams, Gina Carano, Stan Lee, Jed Rees, Taylor Hickson, Brianna Hildebrand, Kyle Cassie, Stefan Kapicic. After the bloated, special effects heavy juggernaut that was Avengers: Age Of Ultron, it seemed that the Marvel tent pole releases were becoming a little too formulaic, predictable, stagnant and safe. To their credit though Marvel seemed to mix it up a little by producing a couple of crowd pleasers featuring some of the lesser known characters from their Continue reading

SELF/LESS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Tarsem Singh Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Natalie Martinez, Matthew Goode, Ben Kingsley, Victor Gerber, Derek Luke, Jaynee-Lynn Kinchen, Melora Hardin, Michelle Dockery, Sam Page, Brandan McCarthy. What starts out as a slick high concept sci-fi thriller and morality tale slowly deteriorates into a formulaic and routine action thriller by the end. Damian Hart (Ben Kinglsey) is a ruthless billionaire real estate mogul who has been given a death sentence when he is diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer. He is estranged from his only daughter Continue reading

WOMAN IN GOLD

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Simon Curtis Stars: Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Daniel Bruhl, Katie Holmes, Tatiana Maslany, Max Irons, Antje Traue, Elizabeth McGovern, Jonathan Pryce, Frances Fisher, Moritz Bleibtreu, Allan Coruner, Henry Goodman, Tom Schilling, Charles Dance. Maria Altmann (Helen Mirren) is an elderly Jewish refugee who, with the help of her tyro lawyer, takes on the intractable might of the Austrian Government in a protracted legal battle to regain possession of a valuable painting and family heirloom that was confiscated by the Nazis during Continue reading

THE CAPTIVE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Atom Egoyan Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Mireille Enos, Rosario Dawson, Scott Speedman, Kevin Durand, Alexis Fast, Bruce Greenwood. The Captive is the latest film from Canadian director Atom Egoyan, whose films like the haunting The Sweet Hereafter and Exotica, etc, have usually found favour with critics and art house audiences. But his 14th film is something of a disappointment though, and it premiered at Cannes to a round of jeering and a generally negative reaction. Egoyan seems to be going through something of a police procedural Continue reading