THE SNOWMAN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Tomas Alfredson Stars: Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson, Charlotte Gainsbourg, J K Simmons, Val Kilmer, Toby Jones, Michael Yates, David Dencik, Jonas Karlsson, James D'Arcy, Jakob Oftebro, Adrian Dunbar, Chloe Sevigny, Ronan Vibert, Genevieve O'Reilly.   Nordic noir tends to be darker and bleaker than your typical Hollywood crime thriller, probably because they spend so much time in the dark, with long, bleak winter months. But unfortunately, The Snowman is a lesser example of the genre. This subpar thriller is based Continue reading

I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Billy O'Brien Stars: Max Records, Christopher Lloyd, Laura Fraser, Karl Geary, Christina Baldwin, Raymond Brandstrom, Lucy Lawton, Dee Noah. This gripping low budget psychological thriller mixes the familiar coming of age themes with outright horror tropes and a touch of the supernatural. Sixteen-year-old John Wayne Cleaver (played by Max Records, the misunderstood young hero from Spike Jonze's Where The Wild Things Are) is a troubled adolescent, a misfit with a morbid fascination with death and serial killers. He is something of Continue reading

LONDON ROAD

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Rufus Norris Stars: Olivia Colman, Kate Fleetwood, Paul Thornley, Anita Dobson, Tom Hardy, Eloise Laurence, Phillip Howard, Jenny Galloway, Paul Hilton. Britain's National Theatre has established a reputation for their impressive staging of some of the finest works of notable playwrights as well as some more quirky theatre pieces. And in recent years they have taken these plays to the world via the cinema screening through a series of National Theatre Live screenings, which captured a live performance on film and beamed it into cinemas Continue reading

SNOWTOWN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Justin Kurzel Stars: Daniel Henshall, Lucas Pittaway, Louise Harris. Australia has a tradition of making tough, visceral, gritty crime dramas, like the multi-award winning Animal Kingdom, Rowan Woods’ blistering drama The Boys, Chopper. Snowtown is the latest film in this tradition, but rather than a typical study of crime and punishment, this powerfully unsettling film is a study of corruption, evil, hatred and suburban decay. As the title suggests, Snowtown explores the notorious "bodies in the barrels" murders that occurred Continue reading

ANATOMIE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Stefan Ruzowitzky Stars: Franka Potente, Benno Furmann, Anna Loos, Holger Speckhahn, Sebastian Blomberg, Traugott Buhre, Rudiger Vogler. It's always something of a worry when a film's marketing strategy is solely designed around the star and their last film. Such is the case with Anatomie, a rather gory and grisly thriller from Germany that builds its campaign around its charismatic star Franka Potente and her last film, the art house hit Run Lola Run. Potente does a lot of running in this film too, but it's for a completely Continue reading