THOR: RAGNAROK

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Taika Waititi Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Cate Blanchett, Tom Hiddleston, Mark Ruffalo, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Idris Elba, Anthony Hopkins, Benedict Cumberbatch, Taika Waititi, Rachel House, Clancy Brown, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Sam Neill, Luke Hemsworth, Matt Damon, Shari Sebbens. The 17th feature in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the third film in the Thor series is lighter in tone and lots of fun. For those who have grown a little tired on the usual formula and destructive set pieces of Marvel this will be Continue reading

HIGH-RISE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ben Wheatley Stars: Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, Luke Walker, Elisabeth Moss, James Purefoy, Bill Paterson, Keeley Hawes, Sienna Guillory, Peter Fernando, Enzo Cilenti. J G Ballard's prescient dystopian 1975 novel High-Rise was a bleak allegory for the class warfare and decline of civilization and the breakdown of society. Ballard wrote the novel in the 70s during a period of tumultuous upheaval in the social fabric of Britain before the economic downturn and rampant unionism drove Thatcher's conservatives into Continue reading

CRIMSON PEAK

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Guillermo del Toro Stars: Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, Charlie Hunnam, Jim Beaver, Burn Gorham, Doug Jones, Leslie Hope, Jonathan Hyde, Bruce Gray. The latest film from Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth, etc), Crimson Peak is a macabre Victorian style Gothic romance with ghosts, murder, madness and a dose of incest thrown in for good measure. His fantasies (like Pacific Rim and Hellboy) have always been more lurid, whereas Crimson Peak is more atmospheric and old fashioned in its approach. Del Tor and his regular Continue reading

THOR

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Anthony Hopkins Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman, Kat Dennings, Stellan Skarsgaard, Tom Hiddleston, Clark Gregg. Yet another Marvel comic book character is given the big screen treatment. Created in 1962, Thor is one of the lesser super heroes in the Marvel canon, and his story is loosely based on the old Norse myths. But given the recent success of the Iron Man films, Thor has been given a big budget and some top-notch talent to bring the character to life on the big screen. This is a special effects Continue reading