ARCTIC.

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Joe Penna Stars: Mads Mikkelsen, Maria Thelma Smaradottit. Danish star Mads Mikkelsen (The Hunt, tv’s Hannibal, etc) virtually plays a lone hand in this grim tale of endurance and survival set in the frozen wastelands of the North Pole. The film will recall other survival dramas like All Is Lost, in which Robert Redford played a lone role as a sailor stranded at sea after his yacht was struck by a floating cargo container, or Cast Away with Tom Hanks stuck on a desert island with only a volleyball for company. In Arctic the Continue reading

THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Hany Abu-Assad Stars: Kate Winslet, Idris Elba, Beau Bridges, Dermot Mulroney. Boise, Idaho. Storm clouds have rolled in, and all flights out have been cancelled. Ben (Idris Elba) is a neuro surgeon who is trying to get a flight out to Denver so he can get a connecting flight to New York, where he is scheduled to perform life-saving surgery on a ten-year old boy. Alex (Kate Winslet) is a photojournalist who has been shooting neo-Nazi skinheads for a magazine article. She is also keen to fly out so she can attend her own wedding Continue reading

CAST AWAY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Robert Zemeckis Stars: Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt, Nick Searcy, Jenifer Lewis, Geoffrey Blake, Peter Von Berg, Chris Noth, Lari White. This modern day version of Robinson Crusoe reunites Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump, etc), the most commercially successful director of all time, with his Oscar winning star Tom Hanks. In one of his most physically grueling roles to date, Hanks plays a man who is stranded on a remote tropical island for four years. Chuck Norland (Hanks) is a trouble-shooter for Fed Ex, whose expertise takes him to Continue reading