HELL OR HIGH WATER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: David Mackenzie Stars: Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Gil Birmingham, Dale Dickey, Buck Taylor, Katy Mixon, Debrianna Mansini. This blend of heist movie and contemporary western comes from British director David Mackenzie (the violent prison film Starred Up), who gives us a rather bleak picture of an economically depressed dustbowl area in rural Texas, where family farms are falling into disuse and disrepair and the roads are lined with signs offering debt relief. When the bank threatens to foreclose on their family farm, Continue reading

SICARIO

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Dennis Villeneuve Stars: Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, Benicio del Toro, Victor Garber, Daniel Kaluuya, Jon Bernthal, Jeffrey Donovan, Raoul Trujillo. In Spanish, "sicario" means hitman or assassin. In 2013 Canadian director Dennis Villeneuve gave us the tough and taut claustrophobic thriller Prisoners (starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal), which made many critics' lists of the best films of the year. He returns with this powerful, hard hitting and gritty new thriller that takes a look at the US's war on drugs. It is a war that the US Continue reading