LIVE BY NIGHT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ben Affleck Stars: Ben Affleck, Zoe Saldana, Chris Messina, Brendan Gleeson, Chris Cooper, Elle Fanning, Robert Glenister, Matthew Maher, Sienna Miller, Titus Welliver, Anthony Michael Hall, Max Casella, J D Evermore, Remo Girone. As a director Ben Affleck so far has a perfect strike rate with his three previous efforts behind the camera. First up was the tough Boston noir Gone Baby Gone, which was adapted from the novel written by Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Shutter Island, etc), and starring younger brother Casey. Next up was Continue reading

HIGH-RISE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ben Wheatley Stars: Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, Luke Walker, Elisabeth Moss, James Purefoy, Bill Paterson, Keeley Hawes, Sienna Guillory, Peter Fernando, Enzo Cilenti. J G Ballard's prescient dystopian 1975 novel High-Rise was a bleak allegory for the class warfare and decline of civilization and the breakdown of society. Ballard wrote the novel in the 70s during a period of tumultuous upheaval in the social fabric of Britain before the economic downturn and rampant unionism drove Thatcher's conservatives into Continue reading

AMERICAN SNIPER

  Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Clint Eastwood Stars: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Kyle Gallner, Keir O'Donnell, Jake McDorman, Luke Grimes, Sammy Sheik, Navid Negahban, Eric Close, Owain Yeoman. In the late 70s and 80s, many filmmakers took an opportunity to revisit America's involvement in Vietnam and used their fresh perspective to criticise the country's involvement in the unpopular and bitterly divisive campaign. And now it seems that the unpopular war raging in Iraq and Afghanistan is providing similar fuel for filmmakers. The latest is Continue reading

ALFIE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Charles Shyer Stars: Jude Law, Marisa Tomei, Omar Epps, Nia Long, Jane Krakowski, Sienna Miller, Susan Sarandon, Gedde Watanabe Most remakes are lazy and unnecessary, and rarely bring anything fresh or interesting to the material. Although not perfect, this slick, competent remake of iconic British classic Alfie at least tries to leave its own individual mark on this seminal sex comedy about a carefree lothario with a taste for wine and women. Made in 1966, the original Alfie seemed to epitomise the hedonistic pleasures and the Continue reading