NORMANDY NUDE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Phillipe Le Guay Stars: Francois Cluzet, Gregory Gadebois, Toby Jones, Arthur Dupont, Phillipe Rebbot, Patrick d'Assumcao, Lucie Muratet, Daphne Dumons, Pili Groyne, Julie Ann Roth. This French comedy/drama tells of a town of struggling farmers who prepare to strip off and pose nude for a photo shoot. If this brief synopsis makes it seem like a Gallic variation on both The Full Monty and Calendar Girls you wouldn’t be far off the mark. The film is set in Mele sur Sarthe, a small farming community in Normandy. With the price of Continue reading

JOURNEY’S END

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Saul Dibb Stars: Sam Claflin, Asa Butterfield, Paul Bettany, Toby Jones, Tom Sturridge, Stephen Graham, Rupert Wickham. A timely release sees this powerful and moving drama about the horrors of war, the senseless slaughter of a generation of young men, and the futility of it all, reach our screens to commemorate the centenary of the end of WWI, “the war to end all wars.” Journey’s End is an unflinchingly honest and raw look at the awful conditions of life in the trenches for the soldiers, and immerses audiences in the mud, the Continue reading

CHRISTOPHER ROBIN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Marc Forster Stars: Ewan McGregor, Hayley Atwell, Bronte Carmichael, Mark Gatiss, Oliver Ford Davies, Adrian Scarborough, Orton O'Brien, voices of Jim Cummings, Brad Garrett, Toby Jones, Peter Capaldi, Sophie Okonedo, Nick Mohammed. This is the second film this year to focus on A A Milne’s enduring and endearing creation of Christopher Robin and Winnie the Pooh and the other creatures that inhabited the fictional Hundred Acre Wood. It follows Goodbye Christopher Robin, a drama that explored how Milne’s classic children’s tale stole Continue reading

JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: J A Bayona Stars: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Justice Smith, Ted Levine, Rafe Spall, James Cromwell, Isabella Sermon, Geraldine Chaplin, Toby Jones, Daniella Pineda, B D Wong, Jeff Goldblum. Like so many other long running and successful film franchises before it, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the fifth film in the Jurassic Park franchise, delivers diminishing returns. And while the special effects and CGI technology that brought dinosaurs to life on the big screen has advanced markedly Continue reading

HAPPY END

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Michael Haneke Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Mathieu Kassovitz, Franz Rogowski, Fantine Harduin, Toby Jones. Another typically downbeat, disturbing and grim drama from the misanthropic Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke (The White Ribbon, Funny Games, Amour, etc). Set in the coastal town of Calais, the film follows the affluent but dysfunctional Laurent family, who live in luxury and seem unaware of the refugee crisis on their doorstep. The film works in heavy themes of matricide, suicide, power, corruption, Continue reading