THE GUNMAN

  Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Pierre Morel Stars: Sean Penn, Javier Bardem, Idris Elba, Ray Winstone, Jasmine Trinca, Mark Rylance, Peter Franzen. It's unusual to see Oscar winning actor Sean Penn (Mystic River, Milk, etc) stuck in such a generic action movie, but that's exactly what we get here. There must have been some attraction in this adaptation of The Prone Gunman, a crime novel written in 1981 by the late French author Jean-Patrick Manchette, as Penn has also served as one of the producers as well as co-writing the script with Don MacPherson Continue reading

THE TREE OF LIFE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Terrence Malick Stars: Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain, Brad Pitt, Hunter McCracken. Maverick director Terrence Malick is not exactly a prolific filmmaker, and this is only his fifth film in a thirty-year career. Malick is best known for films like Badlands and Days Of Heaven, which are memorable for their striking images, elegiac quality, and meditative tone. The Tree Of Life, which won the Palme d’Or at Cannes, is his most ambitious undertaking yet. This is a film that sees Malick combine an exploration of religious values with Continue reading

THE INTERPRETER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Sydney Pollack Stars: Nicole Kidman, Sean Penn, Catherine Keener, Earl Cameron, Sydney Pollack, Jesper Christensen, Maz Jobrani, Yusef Gatewood, Byron Utley, Clyde Kusatsu, David Zayas. Sylvia Broome (Nicole Kidman) is an interpreter at the UN. One night she accidentally overhears an assassination plot aimed at a President Zuwanie (played by Briton Earl Cameron, who had a small role in Thunderball before living in a self-imposed semi-retirement in the Solomon islands), a controversial African dictator from the African nation of Continue reading