A MONSTER CALLS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: J A Boyona Stars: Lewis MacDougall, Liam Neeson, Felicity Jones, Sigourney Weaver, Toby Kebbell, Geraldine Chaplin. The films of Spanish filmmaker J A Bayona have dealt with families in crisis and children in peril, and they have always had a strong emotional subtext running through them. His previous films have included the horror film The Orphanage, and The Impossible, which told the story of a family affected by the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami. His third feature film is A Monster Calls, a mix of horror and complex coming of age Continue reading

GOLD

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Stephen Gaghan Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Edgar Ramirez, Bryce Dallas Howard, Corey Stoll, Bruce Greenwood, Craig T Nelson, Toby Kebbell, Bill Camp, Joshua Harto, Timothy Simons, Rachael Taylor, Stacy Keach, Mason Blair, Adam Lefevre. Matthew McConaughey goes from strength to strength with his recent choice of roles, and here he gives another winning performance in the financial drama Gold. He plays Kenny Wells, the eccentric, overly confident, alcoholic and down on his luck prospector and hustler, the son of a legendary and Continue reading

BEN-HUR

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Timur Bekmambetov Stars: Jack Huston, Toby Kebbell, Morgan Freeman, Pilou Asbaek, Rodrigo Snatoro, Nazanin Boniadi, Ayelet Zurer, Moises Arias. Despite the success of Ridley Scott's Gladiator and Mel Gibson's visceral The Passion Of The Christ, the lavish big budget Biblical epic and sword and sandals drama has gone the way of the once popular western. They have become a moribund genre that holds little appeal or relevance for today's movie going audiences raised on a diet of CGI generated special effects and super hero movies. And Continue reading

DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Matt Reeves Stars: Andy Serkis, Toby Kebbell, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Kodi-Smit McPhee, Kirk Acevedo, Jon Eyez, Enrique Murciano, Nick Thurston, Terry Notary, Judy Greer, Larramie Doc Shaw, Lee Ross. The original 1968 film Planet Of The Apes was a great piece of sci-fi that also offered a cautionary tale about nuclear proliferation and science out of control, and a world in which the natural order was turned upside down. It was both a critical and commercial success, and spawned a series of sequels and even a tv series. Continue reading