CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Marielle Heller Stars: Melissa McCarthy, Richard E Grant, Dolly Wells, Ben Falcone, Jane Curtin, Steven Spinella, Christian Navarro, Anna Deveare Smith. Can You Ever Forgive Me? is based on a true story about a struggling writer who, in the early 90s, forged a number of letters from prominent celebrities. It's a strange story about the creative process and the hardships faced by writers, but it gives Melissa McCarthy, better known for her raucous comedies, a straight dramatic role that has been earning her plenty of praise. Lee Continue reading

THE OLD MAN AND THE GUN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: David Lowery Stars: Robert Redford, Sissy Spacek, Casey Affleck, Danny Glover, Tom Waits, Tika Sumpter, John David Washington, Isiah Whitlock jr. This amiable light comedic caper is supposedly Robert Redford’s last film. At 82 the legendary veteran actor has announced that this would be his last film as he pulls the plug on his stellar 60-year career. And what a way to go out. (Although you might recall that Clint Eastwood said the same thing around the time he made Gran Torino, supposedly his swan song as an actor, but he has Continue reading

BEAUTIFUL BOY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Felix van Groeningen Stars: Steve Carell, Timothee Chalamet, Maura Tierney, Amy Ryan, Kue Lawrence, Jack Dylan Grazer. Sharing the same title as a John Lennon song (which Richard Dreyfuss sang to his hearing impaired son in Mr Holland’s Opus), this is a downbeat and grim, but ultimately inspiring cautionary tale of drug addiction, rehabilitation, relapse, and the huge emotional toll that addiction takes on the family of the victims. We’ve seen a number of films dealing with drug addiction, including Otto Preminger’s 1956 drama The Continue reading

A PRAYER BEFORE DAWN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jean-Stephane Sauvaire Stars: Joe Cole, Pornchanok Mabklang. This intense brutal prison drama is like Kickboxer meets Midnight Express. This unflinching, hard hitting and gritty and harrowing true story is set inside Thailand’s notorious Bang Kwang Central prison, better known as the infamous Bangkok Hilton. Like Midnight Express, which depicted Billy Hayes’ ordeal after being arrested and imprisoned for smuggling drugs in Turkey, A Prayer Before Dawn is based on the 2014 memoir written by expat Brit Billy Moore (played by Joe Cole, Continue reading

ADRIFT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Baltasar Kormakur Stars: Shailene Woodley, Sam Claflin. There have been many great survival stories told on the screen, many of them set at sea like the recent Colin Firth drama The Mercy. Arguably amongst the best of these are films like Cast Away, with Tom Hanks stranded on a remote island, and J C Chandor’s superb All Is Lost, basically another one-hander with Robert Redford playing a sailor stranded at sea after his yacht was struck by a floating shipping container. Despite the fact that it Continue reading