GREEN BOOK

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Peter Farrelly Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini, Dimiter D Marinov, Dane Rhodes. Driving Mr Shirley? Like the multi-Oscar winning Driving Miss Daisy and many other films, this feel good and crowd pleasing drama explores the unlikely and unusual interracial friendship that develops between two people from different backgrounds and environments and how they develop a mutual understanding that helps to break down prejudice and racist barriers. The film explores universal themes of racism, class, politics, Continue reading

20TH CENTURY WOMEN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Mike Mills Stars: Annette Bening, Lucas Jade Zumann, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup, Alia Shawkat. The opening night attraction of the recent American Essentials Film Festival, 20th Century Women is the latest film from writer/director Mike Mills (Thumbsucker, etc). His previous film was Beginners, which was inspired by the story of his own father, who came out as gay at the age of 75 following a battle with cancer. It starred Ewan McGregor and Christopher Plummer, who won an Oscar for his flamboyant performance. His Continue reading

GREEN ROOM

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jeremy Sauntier Stars: Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Patrick Stewart, Macon Blair, Callum Turner, Alia Shawkat, Joe Cole, Eric Edelstein, Mark Webber. Cinematographer turned director Jeremy Saulnier has begun to establish himself as an exciting and inventive filmmaker on the independent scene. His previous film was Blue Ruin, an edgy and nasty little revenge thriller that played well on the festival circuit. His latest film Green Room is a smart but harrowing and intense horror thriller which is a stylishly constructed throwback to some Continue reading

KUMIKO, THE TREASURE HUNTER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: David Zellner Stars: Rinko Kikuchi, Nobuyuki Katsube, Shirley Venard, Nathan Zellner, David Zellner, Brad Prather, Earl Milton, Yumiko Hioki, Ichi Kyokaku. This droll and offbeat fish out of water story is actually based on a 2001 urban legend about a Japanese woman who died while trying to find the money that Steve Buscemi's character buried in the snow in the Coen brothers' classic movie Fargo. That myth has provided the inspiration for this quirky drama from filmmaking siblings David and Nathan Zellner (Goliath, Frontier, etc), who Continue reading