THE OLD MAN AND THE GUN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: David Lowery Stars: Robert Redford, Sissy Spacek, Casey Affleck, Danny Glover, Tom Waits, Tika Sumpter, John David Washington, Isiah Whitlock jr. This amiable light comedic caper is supposedly Robert Redford’s last film. At 82 the legendary veteran actor has announced that this would be his last film as he pulls the plug on his stellar 60-year career. And what a way to go out. (Although you might recall that Clint Eastwood said the same thing around the time he made Gran Torino, supposedly his swan song as an actor, but he has Continue reading

GET LOW

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Aaron Schneider Stars: Robert Duvall, Bill Murray, Lukas Black, Sissy Spacek, Bill Cobbs. This modest and slyly comic film is based on the true story of a man who staged his own funeral party while he was alive to witness it. The setting is depression era Tennessee. Felix Burns (Robert Duvall) is a hermit, who for the past forty years has lived as a recluse on his own expansive property on the outskirts of a small town. Because he has rarely ventured into town, a number of rumours and apocryphal stories have circulated about Continue reading

IN THE BEDROOM

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Todd Field Stars: Tom Wilkinson, Sissy Spacek, Nick Stahl, Marisa Tomei, William Mapother, A film of rare intelligence, realism and resonating emotional power, In The Bedroom has already garnered rave reviews overseas where it has been one of the best-reviewed films of the past year. It has already been highly acclaimed at last year's Sundance Film Festival, where it was awarded a special jury prize for acting. The film deserves its accolades. Several stand out performances look likely to be honoured when the annual awards-giving Continue reading

AFFLICTION

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Paul Schrader Stars: Nick Nolte, James Coburn, Sissy Spacek, Willem Dafoe, Mary Beth Hurt, Jim True, Homes Osborne, Brigid Tierney, Marian Seldes, Sean McCann, Wayne Robson, Brawley Nolte. Adapted from the novel by Russell Banks (The Sweet Hereafter, etc), Affliction is a powerful, dramatic tale that looks at the disturbing pattern of male violence, and explores how this brutal legacy is often passed on from father to son. The pathology of male violence is a theme common to much of writer/director Paul Schrader's work (Taxi Continue reading