FREE STATE OF JONES

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Gary Ross Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Kerri Russell, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mahershala Ali, Thomas Frances Murphy, Jacob Lofland, Sean Bridgers, Christopher Berry. Hollywood has given us lots of great dramas set against the backdrop of the Civil War, including Oscar winning classics like the epic Gone With The Wind; Kevin Costner's Dances With Wolves; Lincoln; Robert Maxwell's Gettysburg, the superb and meticulous reenactment of the war's bloodiest battle; Cold Mountain; Glory, about a regiment of African-American soldiers; and of course Continue reading

TRUMBO

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jay Roach Stars: Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane, Louis C K, Elle Fanning, Michael Stuhlbarg, John Goodman, Helen Mirren, David James Elliott, Alan Tudyk, Richard Portnow, Roger Bart, Sean Bridgers, Adewale Akinuoye-Agbaje, Stephen Root, Dean O'Gorman, Christian Berkel. The so-called McCarthy era and its communist witch hunts is one of the most shameful episodes of American political history in the twentieth century. There have been a few films that have looked at this dark era characterised by paranoia and suspicion, including The Front, Continue reading

ROOM

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Lenny Abrahamson Stars: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Sean Bridgers, Joan Allen, William H Macy, Wendy Crewson, Tom McCamus, Amanda Brugel, Cas Anvar . Golden Globe winner Brie Larson (Short Term 12, etc) gives the performance of a lifetime in this dark, disturbing and emotionally affecting psychological drama that is also one of the films of the year. Larson plays a woman known only as Ma, who has been held prisoner for seven years in a backyard garden shed converted into a small 10 by 10m room by an abusive captor known only as Old Continue reading

THE BEST OF ME

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Michael Hoffman Stars: James Marsden, Michelle Monaghan, Luke Bracey, Liana Liberato, Jon Tenney, Sean Bridgers, Sebastian Arcelus, Gerald McRaney, Caroline Goodall, Clark Peters. The melodramatic The Best Of Me is the latest adaptation of a novel from Nicholas Sparks, a bestselling author best known for The Notebook. Sparks writes overly sentimental romantic novels to a well established and increasingly predictable formula - rain drenched passionate kisses and young lovers from different social classes kept apart by family, prejudice, Continue reading