SUCKER PUNCH

Reviewed by GREG KING DIrector: Zack Snyder Stars: Emily Browning, Carla Gugino, Scott Glenn, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Vanessa Hudgens, Jamie Chung. Sucker Punch is a misogynist fantasy, in which scantily clad female warriors kick some major butt in an alternative world. It comes across as a frenzied mish-mash of One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Girl Interrupted and Inception via way of Shutter Island. In some ways Sucker Punch resembles a dark, garish, nightmarish CGI-driven version of the recent Inception. The concept for the film was apparently pitched Continue reading

SECRETARIAT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Randall Wallace Stars: Scott Glenn, Diane Lane, John Malkovich, Nestor Serrano, Dylan Walsh, Dylan Baker, James Cromwell, Fred Dalton Thompsonl. Australia has already immortalised its champion race horse Phar Lap on film, and now it’s Hollywood’s turn to celebrate one of its favourite race horses on screen. Secretariat was the last horse to win racing’s fabled Triple Crown, way back in 1973, and its winning margin and time in the Belmont Stakes has never been bettered. However, Secretariat is not as much about the champion Continue reading

THE SHIPPING NEWS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Lasse Hallstrom Stars: Judi Dench, Kevin Spacey, Julianne Moore, Cate Blanchett, Pete Postlethwaite, Scott Glenn, Rhys Ifans, Gordon Pinsent. Previous literary adaptations from the potent combination of Miramax and Lasse Hallstrom (Chocolat, The Cider House Rules, etc) have attracted award nominations and critical acclaim, and their latest joint effort will probably be no exception. Based on the acclaimed novel by Annie Proulx, The Shipping News is another example of the beautifully shot, literate adaptation that Miramax does so Continue reading

VERTICAL LIMIT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Martin Campbell Stars: Chris O'Donnell, Robin Tunney, Bill Paxton, Scott Glenn, Izabella Scorpurio, Ben Mendelsohn, Robert Taylor, Steve Le Marquand, Temeura Morrison, Stuart Wilson. Martin Campbell (Goldeneye, The Mask Of Zorro, etc) is quickly building a reputation as a director of exciting, action yarns. His latest film Vertical Limit takes audiences on a spectacular thrill ride on top of one of the world's highest and most treacherous mountain peaks, and further enhances his reputation. Vertical Limit combines the Continue reading