AMERICAN ASSASSIN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Michael Cuesta Stars: Dylan O'Brien, Michael Keaton Sanaa Lathan, Taylor Kitsch, Shiva Neger, Scott Adkins, David Suchet, Shahid Ahmed, Charlotte Vega, Navid Negahban. This attempt to kick start another pacy and violent spy thriller franchise featuring an indestructible hero to rival the likes of Bond, Bourne or Jack Reacher is a fairly generic action yarn. American Assassin is the first film to feature the character of Mitch Rapp, a counter terrorist agent for the CIA, who was created by the late Vince Flynn, an American Continue reading

DOCTOR STRANGE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Scott Derrickson Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel McAdams, Tilda Swinton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Mads Mikkelsen, Benedict Wong, Benjamin Bratt, Michael Stuhlbarg, Scott Adkins. For a long time the DC comic book adaptations have been rather dark and grim, both in content and look, while the Marvel comic adaptations have been lighter in tone and more colourful and creative, boasting some great special effects and strong characterisations. And this is indeed true of Doctor Strange, which gives us yet another origins story for a Marvel Continue reading

GRIMSBY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Louis Leterrier Stars: Sacha Baron Cohen, Mark Strong, Isla Fisher, Penelope Cruz, Rebel Wilson, Ian McShane, Gabourey Sidibe, Tamsin Egerton, Ricky Tomlinson, David Harewood, Scott Adkins, Sam Hazeldine, Barkhadi Abdi. The spy genre is rife material for spoofing, and there have been numerous attempts, from the classic tv series Get Smart through to Leslie Nielsen's Spy Hard to the more recent Melissa McCarthy vehicle simply entitled Spy. And now we get Grimsby, the new action comedy from Sacha Baron Cohen, the man who gave us such Continue reading

THE LEGEND OF HERCULES

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Renny Harlin Stars: Kellan Lutz, Roxanne McKee, Scott Adkins, Liam McIntyre, Jonathan Schaech, Liam Garrigan, Gaia Weiss. Pity those people who get their history lessons from Hollywood films, as they tend to play fast and loose with mythology for dramatic purposes. And we have new films from directors like Paul W S Anderson and Darren Aronofsky, who take liberties of Biblical proportions with their forthcoming films depicting familiar stories such as the destruction of Pompeii and the epic of Noah and the flood. And so we also get Renny Continue reading