THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Lasse Hallstrom, Joe Johnston Stars: Mackenzie Foy, Keira Knightley, Helen Mirren, Matthew MacFadyen, Richard E Grant, Eugenio Derbez, Morgan Freeman, Jayden Fowora-Knight, Ellie Bamber, Misty Copeland, Sergei Polunin. Originally choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov with a score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, and premiering in 1892, The Nutcracker is one of the most popular ballets of all time. The libretto for the ballet was adapted from E T A Hoffmann’s story The Nutcracker And The Mouse King. Now Disney has brought 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

SPOTLIGHT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Tom McCarthy Stars: Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Brian d'Arcy James, Live Schreiber, John Slattery, Billy Crudup, Stanley Tucci, Paul Guilfoyle, Len Cariou, Jamey Sheridan, Neal Huff. All the bishops men? A powerful drama, Spotlight is based on the true story of the Boston Globe's Pulitzer Prize winning series of articles from 2002 exposing the sytematic molestation of young children by Catholic priests and the cover-up orchestrated by the Catholic Church. The revelations were particularly shocking in this strong Continue reading

WIN WIN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Tom McCarthy Stars: Paul Giamatti, Bobby Cannavale, Burt Young, Alex Schaffer, Melanie Lynskey, Amy Ryan, Jeffrey Tambor. This appealing and very enjoyable film from director Tom McCarthy is far more commercial and mainstream than his previous films The Station Agent and the art house hit The Visitor for which veteran character actor Richard Jenkins received a well-deserved Oscar nomination. Win Win stars Paul Giamatti in another variation of his familiar character, the flawed, lovable loser, genial misfit, and occasional Continue reading