RED JOAN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Trevor Nunn Stars: Judi Dench, Sophie Cookson, Ben Miles, Stephen Campbell Moore, Tereza Srbova, Tom Hughes, Kevin Fuller, Ciaran Owens. We first meet octogenarian widow Joan Stanley (played by Judi Dench) when MI5 agents arrest her in her own home and charge her with treason. An elderly retired librarian she is the last person one would suspect of being a spy. As she is interrogated and tries to defend her choice, Joan’s story unfolds in a series of lengthy flashback sequences. In 1938 Joan (played by Sophie Cookson, from 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

MAN UP

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ben Palmer Stars: Lake Bell, Simon Pegg, Rory Kinnear, Sharon Horgan, Ophelia Lovibond, Olivia Williams, Harriet Walter, Ken Stott, Stephen Campbell Moore, Henry Lloyd-Hughes. There have been a lot of romantic comedies hitting our screens of late, and unfortunately most of them are either too formulaic, mean spirited or too raunchy. Which is why Man Up proves to be a nice surprise as it brings a fresh new take on the tired formula. The lively, witty and fast paced script is the first feature script written by Tess Morris, who plays with Continue reading

SEASON OF THE WITCH

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Dominic Sena Stars: Nicolas Cage, Ron Perlman, Claire Foy, Christopher Lee, Robert Sheehan, Ulrich Thompson, Stephen Campbell Moore, Stephen Graham. Sneaking into cinemas without much fanfare is Season Of The Witch, a rather dull, disappointing and inherently silly sword and sorcery adventure set in 14th century Europe. This clunky $40 million production flopped at the US box office and is being thrown away by the local distributors before it disappears onto DVD. The 14th century was a time of religious zealotry, the bloody Continue reading