THE JUDGE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: David Dobkin Stars: Robert Downey jr, Robert Duvall, Vincent D'Onofrio, Billy Bob Thornton, Vera Farmiga, Dax Shapard, Jeremy Strong, Ken Howard, Grace Zabriskie, Ken Howard, Balthazar Getty, David Krumholtz, Denis O'Hare, Leighton Meester, Emma Tremblay. The Judge is the first film produced under the auspices of Robert Downey jr's own fledgling production company, and this tale of a former bad boy finding redemption and forgiveness has palpable echoes of Downey's own true life fall from grace and eventual return to favour as a bona fide Continue reading

NEBRASKA

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Alexander Payne Stars: Bruce Dern, June Squibb, Will Forte, Stacy Keach, Tim Driscoll, Kevin Ratray, Bob Odenkirk. On his bleak, uncompromising, sparse 1982 acoustic album Nebraska, Bruce Springsteen sung haunting and evocative tales of despair, of dreams turned sour and of financial ruin and the slow decline of the American heartland. Some of the songs offered little hope of salvation. And Alexander Payne's bittersweet new film, also called Nebraska, is a similarly bleak, sparse and uncompromising eulogy to the dying way of life in Continue reading