MRS LOWRY AND SON

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Adrian Noble Stars: Timothy Spall, Vanessa Redgrave, Wendy Morgan, Stephen Lord, Michael Keogh. There have been a lot of films and biopics about troubled and struggling artists and their creative process, including the likes of Basquiat, Pollock, and several films about Van Gogh including the dramas At Eternity's Gate and Lust For Life, etc. Mrs Lowry And Son is a slow moving, drab and cheerless drama is something of an acquired taste that will not appeal to everybody. “I’m a man who paints, nothing more, nothing less.” So Continue reading

FILM STARS DON’T DIE IN LIVERPOOL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Paul McGuigan Stars: Annette Bening, Jamie Bell, Julie Walters, Kenneth Cranham, Stephen Graham, Vanessa Redgrave, Frances Barber. This classy British feature recounts the final days of 50s movie star Gloria Grahame, a star of noir films like The Big Heat, who died at the age of 57 in 1981. She won an Oscar in 1952 for her performance in The Bad And The Beautiful opposite Kirk Douglas. But her career stalled in the mid-50s, amid a series of scandals and turbulent affairs with Hollywood players, and she found herself doing lots of Continue reading

FOXCATCHER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Bennett Miller Stars: Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Sienna Miller, Anthony Michael Hall, Vanessa Redgrave, Guy Boyd. This bizarre story of the relationship between an Olympic wrestler and a psychopathic billionaire and philanthropist proves once again that the truth is often stranger than fiction. Mark Schultz (played by Channing Tatum) was an Olympic champion wrestler who won a medal in the 1984 Los Angeles Games, along with his brother Dave (played by Mark Ruffalo). But because of the amateur nature of the sport back Continue reading

ANONYMOUS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Roland Emmerich Stars: Rhys Ifans, Sebastian Armesto, Rafe Spall, David Thewlis, Vanessa Redgrave, Joely Richardson, . Roland Emmerich is best known for his big budget, special effects driven disaster movies, like Independence Day, 2012, The Day After Tomorrow, etc. His latest film is set against the background of palace intrigues and conspiracies in the court of Elizabeth I, and explores the controversy of the authorship of Shakespeare’s plays. For decades, scholars have debated whether Shakespeare actually wrote the plays Continue reading

SMILLA’S SENSE OF SNOW

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Billie August Stars: Julia Ormond, Gabriel Byrne, Robert Loggia, Richard Harris, Vanessa Redgrave, Bob Peck, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi, Emma Croft, Tom Wilkinson, Mario Adorf, Jurgen Vogel Running Time: 121 minutes. Fans of Danish author Peter Hoeg's acclaimed novel Miss Smilla's Feeling For Snow may be a little disappointed by this workmanlike screen adaptation, which has drastically changed the thrust of the book. Screenwriter Ann Biderman (Copycat, Primal Fear, etc) has transformed Hoeg's colorful novel into a more Continue reading