A UNITED KINGDOM

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Amma Asante Stars: David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, Jack Davenport, Tom Felton, Vusi Kunera. African history is full of great dramatic stories and rich in themes about the hardships of colonialism, the struggle for independence, war, adventure, exploitation. A United Kingdom is based upon the true story surrounding the founding of the independent nation of Botswana in the 1960s. At the centre of the film is the romance between Seretse Khama (played with strength and sense of dignity by David Oyelowo, who we recently saw in Continue reading

RISEN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Kevin Reynolds Stars: Joseph Fiennes, Tom Felton, Peter Firth, Cliff Curtis, Maria Botto, Stewart Scudmore, Antonio Gil. In the 50s and 60s Hollywood embraced the Biblical epic with some spectacular productions, including The Ten Commandments, which is arguably the best of the genre. More recently we've had the overblown and risible Biblical epics like Noah and Exodus: Gods And Kings, which took a more fanciful view to some key stories from the Bible. And after the success of The War Room last year, Hollywood has embraced faith based and Continue reading

RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Rupert Wyatt Stars: James Franco, John Lithgow, David Oyelowe, Andy Serkis, Tom Felton, Freida Pinto, Brian Cox. "Get your stinking paws off me, you damn dirty ape!" Charlton Heston’s memorable line from Franklin J Schaffner’s original sci-fi adventure/allegorical tale about a group of astronauts who crash land on a planet ruled by a race of intelligent apes gets another workout here in a neat inversion of his journey. The 1968 original Planet Of The Apes was successful enough to spawn four sequels and a short-lived 1970’s Continue reading