MACBETH

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Justin Kurzel Stars: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, David Thewlis, Paddy Considine, Jack Reynor, Elizabeth Debecki, Sean Harris, David Haymer. There have been many film versions of Shakespeare's bloodiest and most cinematic play, from Orson Welles' idiosyncratic 1948 version through to Akira Kurosawa's Throne Of Blood in 1961, which reinvented the play as a samurai drama. More recently Australian director Geoffrey Wright (Romper Stomper, etc) gave us a more contemporary take on the play, setting the drama against the backdrop of a Continue reading

WHAT WE DID ON OUR HOLIDAY

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Andy Hamilton, Guy Jenkin Stars: David Tennant, Rosamund Pike, Ben Miller, Billy Connolly, Amelia Bullmore, Celia Imrie, Emily Jones, Bobby Smalldridge, Harriet Turnbull, Annette Crosbie. The rather bland title of the delightful British comedy/drama sounds like the type of essay we used to write on the first day back at school after the summer break. But it is far more inventive and quirky that probably anything we wrote back then. What We Did On Our Holiday is another film about a dysfunctional family gathering that eventually proves Continue reading

THE EAGLE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Kevin Macdonald Stars: Channing Tatum, Jamie Bell, Donald Sutherland, Tahar Rahim. Kevin Macdonald’s sword and toga saga ventures into similar territory as the recent bloodthirsty Centurion. Based on the 1954 Boys’ Own adventure novel written by Rosemary Sutcliffe, The Eagle is set in Roman occupied Britain in 140AD. Twenty years before, the legendary Ninth Legion of nearly 5,000 men disappeared without a trace after marching into hostile territory in Scotland. Now Marcus Aqila (Channing Tatum), the son of the legion’s leader Continue reading