WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT?

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Shakur Kapur Stars: Lily James, Shazad Latif, Emma Thompson, Sajal Ali, Asim Chaudhry, Shabana Azmi, Jeff Mizra, Pakiza Baig, Ben Asheden, Alexander Owen, Oliver Chris. Not to be confused with the 1993 film of the same name which depicted the volatile and tumultuous relationship between Tina Turner and her abusive Svengali-like husband Ike, this British/Indian co-production is a cross cultural romantic comedy about an arranged marriage.   Zoe (Lily James, from Yesterday, etc) is an award-winning documentary filmmaker who sets Continue reading

THE COMMUTER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jaume Collet-Serra Stars: Liam Neeson, Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Sam Neill, Jonathan Banks, Florence Pugh, Elizabeth McGovern, Shazad Latif, Dean-Charles Chapman, Andy Nyman, Killian Scott, Clara Lago, Roland Moller. Non-stop on a train? Ever since he reinvented himself as the vengeful father out to rescue his daughter from kidnappers in the 2008 action thriller Taken, Liam Neeson has been pigeonholed as the go-to man to play the aging hero with a particular skill set who is able to take down the bad guys. He has basically Continue reading

THE SECOND BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: John Madden Stars: Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Dev Patel, Bill Nighy, Richard Gere, Ronald Pickup, Penelope Wilton, Celia Imrie, Tamsin Greig, Tena Desae, Lillet Dubey, David Strathairn, Diana Hardcastle, Shazad Latif. Is this the most ironically apt film title of the year? The original and life affirming Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was one of the surprise hits of 2012, so it's not surprising that the producers have had a second bite at the cherry with this obligatory sequel. But the film suffers from the usual fate of most Continue reading