THE COMMUTER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jaume Collet-Serra Stars: Liam Neeson, Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Sam Neill, Jonathan Banks, Florence Pugh, Elizabeth McGovern, Shazad Latif, Dean-Charles Chapman, Andy Nyman, Killian Scott, Clara Lago, Roland Moller. Non-stop on a train? Ever since he reinvented himself as the vengeful father out to rescue his daughter from kidnappers in the 2008 action thriller Taken, Liam Neeson has been pigeonholed as the go-to man to play the aging hero with a particular skill set who is able to take down the bad guys. He has basically Continue reading

THE CONJURING 2

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: James Wan Stars: Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Frances O'Connor, Simon McBurney, Franke Potente, Madison Wolfe, Benjamin Haigh, Lauren Esposito, Patrick McAuley, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Simon Delaney, Bab Adrian. Having established himself as one of the top directors of horror films working in Hollywood at the moment, James Wan (Saw, Insidious, etc) continues to mine the exploits of real life paranormal ghost hunters Ed and Lorraine Warren in this sequel to the 2013 box office hit The Conjuring. The Warrens made their reputation after Continue reading

THE JUDGE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: David Dobkin Stars: Robert Downey jr, Robert Duvall, Vincent D'Onofrio, Billy Bob Thornton, Vera Farmiga, Dax Shapard, Jeremy Strong, Ken Howard, Grace Zabriskie, Ken Howard, Balthazar Getty, David Krumholtz, Denis O'Hare, Leighton Meester, Emma Tremblay. The Judge is the first film produced under the auspices of Robert Downey jr's own fledgling production company, and this tale of a former bad boy finding redemption and forgiveness has palpable echoes of Downey's own true life fall from grace and eventual return to favour as a bona fide Continue reading

HIGHER GROUND

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Vera Farmiga Stars: Vera Farmiga, Boyd Holbrook, Nina Ariadna, Dagmara Dominczyk, John Hawkes, Joshua Leonard, Taissa Farmiga. Vera Farmiga (from The Departed, Up In The Air, etc) makes her directorial debut with this intimate but slow moving drama about religion, life, love, spiritual enlightenment and a crisis of faith. The film is based on the best selling memoir This Dark World, written by Carolyn B Spriggs. Farmiga plays the deeply devout Corinne Walker, who struggles with her religious beliefs over the course of three Continue reading

SOURCE CODE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Duncan Jones Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga, Jeffrey Wright. Source Code is the sophomore film from Duncan Jones, the son of rock star David Bowie, and is a wonderful follow-up to his debut feature, the intriguing low budget sci-fi film Moon, which was a study of paranoia, isolation, madness and identity. This film explores some similar themes, but, working with a bigger budget and special effects, Jones is also able to explore some high concept ideas that are increasingly rare in today’s sci-fi Continue reading