BLOOD FATHER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jean-Francois Richet Stars: Mel Gibson, Erin Moriarty, William H Macy, Michael Parks, Miguel Sandoval, Diego Luna, Dale Dickey, Raoul Max Trujillo. This gritty and brutal action thriller is a pulp tale of redemption and an interesting father/daughter dynamic, and it marks a return to form of sorts for troubled actor Mel Gibson. He has had smaller roles playing the over the top villain in films like Machete Kills and The Expendables 3, but this is his first leading role since 2011's Get The Gringo. Gibson stars a Link, an ex-con Continue reading

ROOM

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Lenny Abrahamson Stars: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Sean Bridgers, Joan Allen, William H Macy, Wendy Crewson, Tom McCamus, Amanda Brugel, Cas Anvar . Golden Globe winner Brie Larson (Short Term 12, etc) gives the performance of a lifetime in this dark, disturbing and emotionally affecting psychological drama that is also one of the films of the year. Larson plays a woman known only as Ma, who has been held prisoner for seven years in a backyard garden shed converted into a small 10 by 10m room by an abusive captor known only as Old Continue reading

THE LINCOLN LAWYER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Brad Furman Stars: Mathew McConaughey, Ryan Phillipe, Marisa Tomei, Bryan Cranston, William H Macy, Frances Fisher, Laurence Mason. This adaptation avoids many of the pitfalls that have ruined many other movie adaptations of popular, best selling novels. Although the two are different mediums, audiences familiar with the source will still come to the film with preconceived notions about the characters and the story. The Lincoln Lawyer is based on the 2005 novel written by prolific crime writer Michael Connelly, a purveyor of Continue reading

MAGNOLIA

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Paul Thomas Anderson Stars: Jeremy Blackman, Tom Cruise, Melinda Dillon, Philip Baker Hall, Philip Seymour Hoffman, William H Macy, Julianne Moore, John C Reilly, Jason Robards, Melora Walters, Henry Gibson, Michael Bowen, April Grace, Luiz Guzman, Ricky Jay, Orlando James, Alfred Molina, Michael Murphy, Felicity Huffman, Emmanuel L Johnson, Don McManus, Eileen Ryan, Danny Wells, Brad Hunt, Cory Buck, Thomas Jane. Paul Thomas Anderson's follow up to his amazing Boogie Nights is an extraordinary, ambitious yet slightly flawed Continue reading

A CIVIL ACTION

Reviewed by GREG KING. Director: Steven Zaillian Stars: John Travolta, Robert Duvall, William H Macy, Tony Shalhoub, Zeljko Ivanek, Kathleen Quinlan, Bruce Norris, John Lithgow, Stephen Fry, James Gandolfini, Dan Hedaya, David Thornton, Sydney Pollack, Daniel Von Bargen, Peter Jacobson, Mary Mara, Ned Eisenberg, Kathy Bates. "Justice is a game," says Bob Dylan in his hit song Hurricane. That sentiment is borne out in this new legal drama from Oscar winning writer Steven Zaillian (Schindler's List, etc). Zaillian steps behind the camera for the first time since 1993's Continue reading