A STAR IS BORN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Bradley Cooper Stars: Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, Anthony Ramos, Sam Elliott, Rafi Gavron, Andrew Dice Clay, Dave Chappelle, Ron Rifkin, Barry Shabaka Henley, Alec Baldwin, Greg Grunberg, Drena De Niro, Lukas Nelson. This is the fourth version of the classic story that was first filmed in 1937 with Frederick March and Janet Gaynor in the lead roles. It was notably remade in 1954 as a musical with James Mason and Judy Garland in the lead roles. It is forty years since we saw Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson in their version of A Continue reading

THE GOOD DINOSAUR

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Peter Sohn Stars: voices of Jeffery Wright, Frances McDormand, Sam Elliott, Steve Zahn, Raymond Ochoa, Jack Bright, Peter Sohn, Maleah Nipay-Padilla, Anna Paquin, John Ratzenberger. Pixar animation films have always been characterised by the quality of the sophisticated writing and the emotional substance to their stories (Toy Story 2, Up, Wall.E, etc), although lately the quality has dropped with formulaic films like Planes, Brave, Cars 2, etc. The 16th film from Pixar studios is The Good Dinosaur, which is an enjoyable enough yarn but Continue reading

WE WERE SOLDIERS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Randall Wallace Stars: Mel Gibson, Barry Pepper, Madeleine Stowe, Sam Elliott, Greg Kinnear, Saving Private Ryan set a new standard for war films with its gritty realism, while the recent Black Hawk Down raised the bar for the depiction of the intensity and brutality of conflict. We Were Soldiers again raises the bar for realism and graphic combat scenes in a war film, but it is also at times a moving tale of heroism under fire. Based on a true story written by Lt Col. Harold Moore, We Were Soldiers depicts the first Continue reading