BITTER HARVEST

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: George Mendeluk Stars: Max Irons, Samantha Barks, Barry Pepper, Terence Stamp, Tamer Hassan, Aneurin Barnard, Lucy Brown, William Beck, Richard Brake, Tom Austen, Gary Oliver. After the overthrow of Nicholas II in 1918 the Russian peasants of the Ukraine thought they would be better off under the Bolsheviks. But it was not to be as the socialist ideal of collectivisation decreed that they had to cede a certain percentage of their harvest to feed the country. The peasants eventually rebelled against tis decree. Upset by their Continue reading

MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Tim Burton Stars: Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Ella Purcell, Samuel L Jackson, Chris O'Dowd, Judi Dench, Rupert Everett, Milo Parker, Terence Stamp, Kim Dickens, Allison Janney, Finlay MacMillan, Lauren McCrostie. Harry Potter meets X-Men on Groundhog Day? For years Jake Portman (Asa Butterfield, from Hugo, etc) has heard fantastic stories from his grandfather Abe (Terence Stamp) about the time he spent in a fantastic orphanage in the years before WWII. However, Jake's parents have done their best to dismiss his stories as fanciful Continue reading

THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: George Nolfi Stars: Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Terence Stamp, John Slattery, Anthony Mackie. There have been some great movies based on stories written by prolific, Hugo-Award winning sci-fi writer Phillip K Dick – Minority Report, Total Recall, the animated A Scanner Darkly, and of course the classic Blade Runner. But there have also been a number of misfires, including John Woo’s Paycheck, Impostor, Next, and Screamers. George Nolfi’s The Adjustment Bureau, adapted from a 1954 short story, falls somewhere between the two Continue reading

RED PLANET

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Anthony Hoffman Stars: Val Kilmer, Tom Sizemore, Carrie-Anne Moss, Benjamin Bratt, Simon Baker, Terence Stamp. Cinematically, science-fiction fans have not been well served during this first year of the brave new millennium. With a couple of exceptions, most of this year's offerings (Supernova, Mission To Mars, etc) have been troubled productions, offering rather dull, unoriginal tales that take us boldly where other film makers have gone previously. They have all lavished generous budgets on special effects, seemingly leaving Continue reading