THE SNOWMAN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Tomas Alfredson Stars: Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson, Charlotte Gainsbourg, J K Simmons, Val Kilmer, Toby Jones, Michael Yates, David Dencik, Jonas Karlsson, James D'Arcy, Jakob Oftebro, Adrian Dunbar, Chloe Sevigny, Ronan Vibert, Genevieve O'Reilly.   Nordic noir tends to be darker and bleaker than your typical Hollywood crime thriller, probably because they spend so much time in the dark, with long, bleak winter months. But unfortunately, The Snowman is a lesser example of the genre. This subpar thriller is based Continue reading

SONG TO SONG

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Terrence Malick Stars: Michael Fassbender, Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara, Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett, Holly Hunter, Iggy Pop, Val Kilmer, Patti Smith, Flea. I loathed the past couple of films from revered auteur Terrence Malick, particularly his To The Wonder and Knight Of Cups, with their frustratingly obtuse, indulgent and abstract experimental nature, existential meditations, impressionistic and unconventional approach to narrative, the mumbled and at times inaudible dialogue often delivered as internal monologues, the Continue reading

5 DAYS OF WAR

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Renny Harlin Stars: Rupert Friend, Andy Garcia, Richard Coyle, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Rade Serbedjiza, Heather Graham, Dean Cain, Val Kilmer. We’ve had other films that have explored the lot of journalists under fire in a war zone while trying to expose the ugly truth about the carnage behind the scenes, films like Oliver Stone’s Salvador, Pretty Village, Pretty Flames, Roger Spottiswoode’s Under Fire and Michael Winterbottom’s Welcome To Sarajevo. And now we can add to the list Renny Harlin’s 5 Days Of War. This film is set Continue reading

RED PLANET

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Anthony Hoffman Stars: Val Kilmer, Tom Sizemore, Carrie-Anne Moss, Benjamin Bratt, Simon Baker, Terence Stamp. Cinematically, science-fiction fans have not been well served during this first year of the brave new millennium. With a couple of exceptions, most of this year's offerings (Supernova, Mission To Mars, etc) have been troubled productions, offering rather dull, unoriginal tales that take us boldly where other film makers have gone previously. They have all lavished generous budgets on special effects, seemingly leaving Continue reading