MRS LOWRY AND SON

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Adrian Noble Stars: Timothy Spall, Vanessa Redgrave, Wendy Morgan, Stephen Lord, Michael Keogh. There have been a lot of films and biopics about troubled and struggling artists and their creative process, including the likes of Basquiat, Pollock, and several films about Van Gogh including the dramas At Eternity's Gate and Lust For Life, etc. Mrs Lowry And Son is a slow moving, drab and cheerless drama is something of an acquired taste that will not appeal to everybody. “I’m a man who paints, nothing more, nothing less.” So Continue reading

THE PARTY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Sally Potter Stars: Kristin Scott Thomas, Patricia Clarkson, Timothy Spall, Cillian Murphy, Emily Mortimer, Cherry Jones, Bruno Ganz. Not to be confused with Blake Edwards’ hilarious slapstick Tatiesque comedy from 1968 that starred Peter Sellers as an accident prone Indian actor who ruins a swank Hollywood party, this black comedy and social satire comes from director Sally Potter. With films like Orlando and The Tango Lesson to her credit, Potter has long been a favourite on the art house and film festival circuit. But this may Continue reading

FINDING YOUR FEET

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Richard Loncraine Stars: Imelda Staunton, Celia Imrie, Timothy Spall, Joanna Lumley, David Hayman, John Sessions, Josie Lawrence, Sian Thomas. Following its premiere as the closing night attraction at the 2017 British Film Festival, this formulaic and cliched bittersweet romcom gets a theatrical release. With its story of elderly Brits enjoying life and facing mortality, second chances and finding romance late in life, this is an endearing but flawed feel good film that will appeal to the same demographic Continue reading

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