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

THE LADY IN THE VAN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Nicholas Hytner Stars: Maggie Smith, Alex Jennings, Roger Allam, Jim Broadbent, Dominic Cooper, James Corden, Frances de la Tour, Sam Spruell, Claire Foy, Cecilia Noble. Based on the stage play written by Alan Bennett, one of most successful contemporary playwrights in England with credits including The History Boys, The Madness Of King George, etc, this is "mostly a true story" that mixes fact and fiction in an entertaining mix. The play was inspired by Bennett's encounter with Mary Shepherd (dual Oscar winner Maggie Smith), the Continue reading

TAKEN 3

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Olivier Megaton Stars: Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Forest Whitaker, Sam Spruell, Famke Janssen, Dougray Scott, Leland Orser, Don Harvey, Dylan Bruno, Jon Gries, Al Sapienza, Jonny Weston, Andrew Howard, Wallace Langham. A couple of years ago Liam Neeson himself said that there would not be a Taken 3. He should have listened to his instincts rather than the undoubtedly hefty pay cheque producers waved in his direction. Taken 3 is easily the weakest in the series, which has obviously run out of inspiration and ideas. It is a Continue reading