THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Matt Brown Stars: Dev Patel, Jeremy Irons, Toby Jones, Jeremy Northam, Devika Bhise, Arundhati Nag, Richard Johnson, Malcolm Sinclair,  Stephen Fry, Anthony Calf. There have been a few films exploring the lives of flawed genius mathematicians - from the Oscar winning A Beautiful Mind, a biopic about bipolar mathematician John Nash and his inner turmoil, through to The Imitation Game, a true life drama about Alan Turing, who helped crack Germany's unbreakable Enigma Code thus turning the tide of WWII. Turing is regarded as the father of Continue reading

THAT SUGAR FILM

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Damon Gameau. Actor Damon Gameau (The Tracker, Save Your Legs, etc) turns filmmaker for this provocative documentary that looks at the unhealthy side effects of too much sugar in our daily diet. About to become a father for the first time, Gameau began to worry about the effects of sugar on his pregnant partner, actress Zoe Tuckwell-Smith, and his unborn baby. He spoke to a number of health professionals and nutritionists about sugar in the diet and its effects, and was amazed at what he learned. On learning that Continue reading

SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Guy Ritchie Stars: Robert Downey jr, Jude Law, Noomi Rapace, Jared Harris, Stephen Fry, Rachel McAdams. The name is Holmes, Sherlock Holmes. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s fictitious sleuth used his considerable powers of deduction, not brawn or violence, to solve crimes. Fans of the detective would have been horrified at the way in which British director Guy Ritchie (Snatch, Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels, etc) has messed with the tone of the character, turning him into an action hero in 2009’s bloated Sherlock Holmes. There Continue reading

WAGNER AND ME

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary: Director: Patrick McGrady. Actor, author and raconteur Stephen Fry loves the music of Richard Wagner. But he is also a Jew and lost many relatives at Auschwitz. So he is feeling a little conflicted over his love of the glorious music that was written by an anti-Semite and hijacked by the Nazis. Wagner’s music has become synonymous with their evil legacy, although most people today associate it with that wonderful sequence from Coppola’s epic war film Apocalypse Now when the helicopters fly in to napalm a village into Continue reading

A CIVIL ACTION

Reviewed by GREG KING. Director: Steven Zaillian Stars: John Travolta, Robert Duvall, William H Macy, Tony Shalhoub, Zeljko Ivanek, Kathleen Quinlan, Bruce Norris, John Lithgow, Stephen Fry, James Gandolfini, Dan Hedaya, David Thornton, Sydney Pollack, Daniel Von Bargen, Peter Jacobson, Mary Mara, Ned Eisenberg, Kathy Bates. "Justice is a game," says Bob Dylan in his hit song Hurricane. That sentiment is borne out in this new legal drama from Oscar winning writer Steven Zaillian (Schindler's List, etc). Zaillian steps behind the camera for the first time since 1993's Continue reading