SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ron Howard Stars: Alden Ehrenreich, Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton, Donald Glover, Paul Bettany, Joonas Suotamo, Linda Hunt, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Jon Favreau, Erin Kellyman, Ray Park. This stand-alone Star Wars film gives us the backstory of the roguish Han Solo, how he met Chewbacca and got his hands on the iconic Millennium Falcon. Solo has been written by Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back, Return Of The Jedi, etc) and his son Jonathan. Kasdan knows his Star Wars lore, and Solo is filled with sly Continue reading

HALF OF A YELLOW SUN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Biyi Bandele Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton, Anika Noni Rose, Joseph Mawle, John Boyenge. There have been many fine films about the birth of a nation, forged in fire and blood. But, unfortunately, this rather lacklustre, dull and laboured tale is not one of them. Based on the award winning novel by Nigerian author Chiumamanda Ngozi Adichise, Half Of A Yellow Sun is set against the backdrop of Nigeria as it achieved its independence from Britain. The sun was setting on the British Empire, especially as its influence in Africa Continue reading

CRASH

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Paul Haggis Stars: Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle, Matt Dillon, Brendan Fraser, Terrence Howard, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Thandie Newton, Ryan Phillipe, Larenz Tate, William Fichtner, Jennifer Esposito. In the same vein as Altman's Short Cuts and Paul Thomas Anderson's overrated Magnolia, Crash is a sprawling film, featuring multi-layered and parallel narratives, populated by a variety of characters, whose lives and actions often intersect those of others during a thirty six hour period in Los Angeles. Crash is a powerful, Continue reading

GRIDLOCK’D

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Vondie Curtis Hall Stars: Tim Roth, Tupac Shakur, Thandie Newton, Vondie Curtis Hall, Tom Towles, Charles Fleischer, Howard Hesseman, John Sayles, James Pickens jr, Eric Payne Running Time: 86 minutes. An original and occasionally disturbing take on the decay and urban malaise gripping America, Gridlock'd is a sharp black comedy that effectively satirises the excesses of a bureaucracy gone mad. Actor turned director, Vondie Curtis Hall (recently seen in Baz Luhrmann's Romeo And Juliet) brings a kinetic energy to this contemporary Continue reading