MECHANIC: RESURRECTION

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Dennis Gansel Stars: Jason Statham, Jessica Alba, Sam Hazeldine, Tommy Lee Jones, Toby Eddington, Michelle Yeoh, Femi Elufowuju jr. 2016 may well go down as the year of the insipid remake and the unnecessary and pointless sequel that no-one particularly wanted or needed. And now we have another one, with this underwhelming sequel to Jason Statham's fairly forgettable 2011 remake of the 1972 action thriller starring Charles Bronson as a hitman who specialised in making his kills look like accidents. Statham (from the Transporter Continue reading

JASON BOURNE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Paul Greengrass Stars: Matt Damon, Alicia Vikander, Tommy Lee Jones, Vincent Cassel, Riz Ahmed, Julia Stiles, Gregg Henry, Ato Essendoh, Scott Shepherd, Bill Camp. The film adaptations of Robert Ludlum's novels about Jason Bourne, an amnesiac assassin trying to piece together his own identity while outrunning and outgunning assassins was very influential in shaping and reinvigorating the Bond franchise as well as inspiring action films like Taken and its ilk. Nine years ago, following The Bourne Ultimatum, Matt Damon, the star of Continue reading

THE HOMESMAN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Tommy Lee Jones Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Hilary Swank, Grace Gummer, Miranda Otto, Sonja Richter, John Lithgow, David Dencik, Jesse Plemons, William Fichtner, Tim Blake Nelson, James Spader, Meryl Streep, Jo Harvey Allen, Barry Corbin, Hailee Steinfeld. A solemn tale of redemption and second chances The Homesman is not your typical western. With its slow, languid pace, emotional depth and lack of action, this revisionist western subverts the genre tropes of your average John Wayne or Clint Eastwood shoot 'em' up into something a bit more Continue reading

CAPTAIN AMERICA THE FIRST AVENGER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Joe Johnson Stars: Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving, Hayley Atwell, Toby Jones, Stanley Tucci,Sebastian Stan, Tommy Lee Jones, Dominic Cooper . This superb comic book adaptation completes the jigsaw for Marvel’s upcoming blockbuster Avengers movie, which will feature Iron Man, The Hulk, Thor and Captain America. Created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby in 1941 Captain America is one of the original heroes from the Marvel stable, and has been played previously by Dick Purcell in 1944, Arthur Pierce in a 1966 tv series, Reb Brown, and Matt Continue reading

THE COMPANY MEN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: John Wells Stars: Ben Affleck, Kevin Costner, Craig T Nelson, Chris Cooper, Tommy Lee Jones, Rosemary De Witt, Maria Bello. The recent documentary Inside Job dealt with the global financial crisis, and it named and shamed those people believed responsible, even though none of them have yet been prosecuted for fraud. The new drama The Company Men explores the human cost of the economic meltdown, and, like Wall Street before it, the film offers a scathing criticism of the corporate culture of greed. Modern American business has Continue reading