DOWNTON ABBEY: A NEW ERA

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Simon Curtis Stars: Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Michelle Dockery, Hugh Dancy, Jim Carter, Penelope Wilton, Robert James-Collier, Dominic West, Laura Haddock, Imelda Staunton, Tuppence Middleton, Joanna Froggatt, Laura Carmichael, Allen Leech, Lesley Nicol, Kevin Doyle, Nathalie Baye, David Robb, Fifi Hart, Douglas Reith, Samantha Bond. Singing in the Abbey?  Creator Julian Fellowes seems determined to squeeze every last drop out of the Downton Abbey saga. The popular television series set in the Continue reading

GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Simon Curtis Stars: Domhnall Gleeson, Margot Robbie, Will Tilston, Kelly Macdonald, Alex Lawther, Stephen Campbell Moore. Written in 1926, Winnie The Pooh has become one of the most beloved and enduring pieces of children's literature. This heartfelt but somewhat stuffy biopic tells the backstory of how writer Alan Alexander (A A) Milne came to create these endearing characters. Before the outbreak of WWI, Milne (played hereby Domhnall Gleeson, from Ex Machina, etc) was a playwright and writer for satirical magazine Punch. But Continue reading

WOMAN IN GOLD

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Simon Curtis Stars: Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Daniel Bruhl, Katie Holmes, Tatiana Maslany, Max Irons, Antje Traue, Elizabeth McGovern, Jonathan Pryce, Frances Fisher, Moritz Bleibtreu, Allan Coruner, Henry Goodman, Tom Schilling, Charles Dance. Maria Altmann (Helen Mirren) is an elderly Jewish refugee who, with the help of her tyro lawyer, takes on the intractable might of the Austrian Government in a protracted legal battle to regain possession of a valuable painting and family heirloom that was confiscated by the Nazis during Continue reading

MY WEEK WITH MARILYN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Simon Curtis Stars: Michelle Williams, Eddie Redmayne, Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench, Julia Ormond, Dougray Scott. Hollywood created a superstar, but fame was the steep price Marilyn Monroe had to pay for her image. There are lots of apocryphal stories concerning the behaviour of legendary film star Marilyn Monroe, from her messy personal life to her erratic behaviour on set. The two most famous examples of her diva-like behaviour on set concern her movies The Prince And The Showgirl (1957) and the classic comedy Some Like It Continue reading