BORG MCENROE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Janus Metz Stars: Sverrir Gudnason, Shia LaBeouf, Stellan Skarsgard, Tuva Novotny. The 1980 Wimbledon Men's Final is widely regarded as one of the great tennis matches in sporting history. It was an epic five match encounter between world number one, the ice-cold Swedish champion Bjorn Borg, who was attempting to win his record breaking fifth consecutive Wimbledon title, and brash American upstart John McEnroe, the "super brat" who was better known for his on-court tantrums and volatile nature. This is the second Continue reading

OUR KIND OF TRAITOR

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Susanna White Stars: Ewan McGregor, Stellan Skarsgard, Damian Lewis, Naomie Harris, Grigoriy Dobrygin, Jeremy Northam, Matt Gattis, Khalid Abdalla, Alicia Von Rittberg, Saskia Reeves, Alec Utgoff, Dolya Gavanski, Pawel Szajda, Velibor Topic, Marek Oravec. John Le Carre is the modern master of spy thrillers. A former intelligence agent himself, he knows the territory and his novels are infused with authenticity and detail about spy craft, the morally ambiguous and murky world of international intrigue where nothing is ever black or Continue reading

OUR KIND OF TRAITOR – interview with director Susanna White

by GREG KING Our Kind Of Traitor is the latest John Le Carre spy thriller to hit the screen and as usual it is a more downbeat, moody and cynical take on the business of espionage and international intrigue. It stars Ewan McGregor, Naomie Harris, Damian Lewis and Stellan Skarsgard. The director is Susanna White, and Greg spoke to her to find out more about adapting the novel to the screen.   "So few women direct thrillers, I think about 3% of thrillers are directed by women, so it's wonderful that two of us do it in a year," remarks British filmmaker Susanna Continue reading

CINDERELLA

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Kenneth Branagh Stars: Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden, Holliday Grainger, Sophie McShera, Derek Jacobi, Stellan Skarsgaard, Nonso Anozi, Helena Bonham Carter, Ben Chaplin, Hayley Atwell, Rob Brydon. This is a superb and visually stunning live action retelling of the classic and timeless fairy tale that has become one of Disney's most enduring and beloved animated films. But will this version stand the test of time like Disney's animated classic and still be fondly remembered when it is over 60 years old? There have been Continue reading

HECTOR AND THE SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Peter Chelsom Stars: Simon Pegg, Rosamund Pike, Stellan Skarsgard, Toni Collette, Christopher Plummer, Jean Reno, Barry Atsma, Togo Igawa, Veronica Ferres, Ming Zhao. The title sounds like this should be a fanciful children's story, but this mix of comedy and drama is more adult in its themes. A German and Canadian co-production, Hector And The Search For Happiness is an adaptation of the novel written by French psychiatrist Francois Lelord. It stars Simon Pegg as the eponymous hero, a psychiatrist who has grown disillusioned and Continue reading