NEVER LOOK AWAY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck Stars: Tom Schilling, Paula Beer, Sebastian Koch, Saskia Rosendahl, Oliver Masucci. Epic in scope and set against the backdrop of the Cold War, Never Look Away spans some thirty years of German history and dramatic social change. It is loosely based on the life of renowned German artist Gerard Richter, widely regarded as one of the most important contemporary artists who produced photorealistic paintings. The film opens in Dresden in the 1930s, where we first meet Kurt Barnert (played Continue reading

THE DANISH GIRL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Tom Hooper Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, Amber Heard, Ben Whishaw, Matthias Schoenaerts, Sebastian Koch. Eddie Redmayne won a well-deserved Oscar for his wonderful performance as Stephen Hawking in The Theory Of Everything. Now he backs up that fine performance with another nuanced and extraordinary performance in this biopic about a Danish painter who underwent the first recorded case of gender reassignment surgery. The Danish Girl is a deeply felt love story that explores themes of love, relationships, gender, sexuality and Continue reading

BRIDGE OF SPIES

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Steven Spielberg Stars: Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Sebastian Koch, Will Rogers, Austin Stowell, Jesse Plemmons, Amy Ryan, Alan Alda, Peter McRobbie, Billy Magnussen, Michael Gaston, Dakin Matthews, Burghart Klaussner, Scott Shepherd. Based on true events, Steven Spielberg's 29th feature is a Cold War thriller ripped from the pages of history. Bridge Of Spies also marks the fourth collaboration between Spielberg and Tom Hanks, after the superb WWII drama Saving Private Ryan, the chase thriller Catch Me If You Can, and The Terminal. The pair Continue reading