MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Josie Rourke Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, Guy Pearce, David Tennant, Ian Hart, Joe Alwyn, Simon Russell Beale, Jack Lowden, Ismael Cruz Cordova. The tale of the rivalry between Scottish queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth I, has been told on screen many times before, most notably in the lavish but dull 1971 film Mary, Queen Of Scots, which starred Oscar winners Glenda Jackson and Vanessa Redgrave. This latest version is something of a revisionist take on the story as it suggests that Elizabeth and Mary actually met while she Continue reading

THE SEAGULL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Michael Mayer Stars: Annette Bening, Corey Stoll, Saoirse Ronan, Billy Howle, Brian Dennehy, Elisabeth Moss, Mare Winningham, Jon Tenney, Glenn Fleshler, Michael Zegen. The Seagull is a new adaptation of the classic tragicomedy from Russian playwright Anton Chekhov, which was written in 1896, and was the first of his great dramas. When it was first performed in Moscow the play was critically maligned and was a deemed a critical failure and a major flop that almost saw Chekhov give up his writing career. This rather staid adaptation Continue reading

LADY BIRD

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Greta Gerwig Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, Lucas Hedges, Timothee Chalamet, Beanie Felsetin, Odeya Rush, Stephen Henderson, Lois Smith, Bob Stephenson, Jordan Rodrigues, Marielle Scott. Greta Gerwig is best known for her work as an actress working in the independent scene, especially in the quirky, low budget mumblecore comedies of Joe Swanberg and her collaborations with Noah Baumbach in films like Frances Ha, Mistress America, etc. Now she steps behind the camera for her solo directorial debut with this Continue reading

LOVING VINCENT

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman Stars: Voices of Chris O'Dowd, Douglas Booth, Robert Gulaczyk, Cezary Lukaszewicz, John Sessions, Jerome Flynn, Aidan Turner, Eleanor Thomlinson, Saoirse Ronan, Helen McCrory, Robin Hodges. Vincent Van Gogh was a reclusive, enigmatic artist and complex, emotionally troubled character who suffered from depression and bouts of mental illness - after all, he did cut off his own ear - and he committed suicide in 1890. He came to painting late, but in a prolific period of creativity he painted some Continue reading

BROOKLYN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: John Crowley Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Emory Cohen, Domhnall Gleeson, Jim Broadbent, Julie Walters, Jane Brennan, Brid Brennan, Fiona Glascott. Set in the 1950s, this Oscar nominated romantic story exploring one woman's experience of the post-war immigration to America is also a sweet love story and coming of age tale. Eilis Lacey (played by Saoirse Ronan) is an introspective, sensitive and somewhat naive young Irish girl who leaves her small, claustrophobic village and goes to Brooklyn for work and a new life. She leaves behind the insular Continue reading