DENIAL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Mick Jackson Stars: Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson, Timothy Spall, Andrew Scott, Harriet Walter, Jack Lowden, Alex Jennings, Mark Gatiss, Caren Pistorius, John Sessions. The well-acted and intelligent courtroom drama Denial is a dramatic depiction of the real life high profile 1996 libel trial in which controversial historian and Holocaust denier David Irving (here played by Timothy Spall) sued American academic and historian Deborah Lipstadt (Rachel Weisz) for libel over comments she made about him in her book Denying The Holocaust: The Continue reading

MR TURNER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Mike Leigh Stars: Timothy Spall, Paul Jesson, Dorothy Atkinson, Marion Bailey, Ruth Sheen, Lesley Manville, Martin Savage, Richard Bremmer, Niall Buggy, Edward De Souza, James Fleet, Joshua McGuire, Fenella Woolgar. John Mallord William Turner was a famous 19th century landscape artist renowned for his paintings of seascapes and shipwrecks, and a key figure in the so-called Romantic Movement. But this portrait of the artist comes from acclaimed British director Mike Leigh, who is best known for his bleak dramas, and rather than follow Continue reading

FROM TIME TO TIME

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Julian Fellowes, Stars: Alex Etel, Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Timothy Spall, Dominic West, Pauline Collins, Carice Van Houten, Eliza Hall Bennett, Kwayedza Kureya . There is something quaint and old fashioned about this intergenerational ghost story and family drama that spans two centuries. From Time To Time is based on the second volume in Lucy Boston’s series of novels about Green Knowe. The setting is rural England in 1944. Thirteen year old Tolly (Alex Etel, from Millions, The Water Horse, etc) has been sent to live Continue reading

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 1

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: David Yates Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Ralph Fiennes, Bill Nighy, Timothy Spall, Jason Isaacs, Rhys Ifans, John Hurt, Helen McCrory, Imelda Staunton, Michael Gambon, Peter Mullan . “These are dark times,” remarks a character in this seventh installment of the lucrative Harry Potter franchise. Indeed, it’s time for Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) and his best friends Hermione (Emma Watson) and Ron (Rupert Grint) to put away childish things as they are thrust into a more adult world away from the comforts and Continue reading

VANILLA SKY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Cameron Crowe Stars: Tom Cruise, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Timothy Spall, Jason Lee, Kurt Russell, Tilda Swinton, Noah Taylor. A remake of the Spanish film Abre Los Ojos (Open Your Eyes), Cameron Crowe's Vanilla Sky is a bewildering, existential sci-fi thriller that will be mainly remembered as the film that led to the split in the fairy tale marriage between Hollywood's favourite son Tom Cruise and red hot flavour of the year Nicole Kidman. The attendant publicity surrounding the breakup and the subsequent romance between Continue reading