PADDINGTON 2

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Paul King Stars: voices of Ben Whishaw, Imelda Staunton, Michael Gambon; Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Hugh Grant, Madeleine Harris, Samuel Joslin, Brendan Gleeson, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi, Tom Conti, Julie Walters, Ben Miller, Richard Ayoade, Joanna Lumley. Paddington, the marmalade loving bear from the wildest jungles of Peru who found a new home in the suburbs of London, was created by the late Michael Bond in 1958. Since then the late author wrote over 100 books about the misadventures of Paddington; they have sold Continue reading

STREETDANCE 2

  Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Max Giwa and Dania Pasquini Stars: Falk Hentschel, George Sampson, Sofia Boutella, Tom Conti, Stephanie "Lil Steph" Nguyen, Delphine "Deydey" Nguyen, Elisabetta "Betty Style" Di Carlo, Ali "'Lilou" Ramdani, Kaito "Kite" Masai. This is a cliched and unnecessary sequel to 2010’s Streetdance, which, inexplicably, proved to be a huge success at the box office. In the first Streetdance, a hip hop dance crew was forced to work with ballet dancers from the Royal Dance School in exchange for rehearsal space, which set up some Continue reading

THE TEMPEST

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Julie Taymor Stars: Helen Mirren, Ben Whishaw, Felicity Jones, Djimon Hounsou, Alfred Molina, Russell Brand, Chris Cooper, David Strathairn, Tom Conti, Reeve Carney. Julie Taymor has a formidable reputation amongst theatre directors, particularly for her work on the live action Broadway adaptation of Disney’s The Lion King. Even her few forays into film have been imaginative and bold works. Her treatment of Titus, one of the most bloody of Shakespeare’s plays, was powerful and engrossing, and the musical drama Across The Universe Continue reading