MACBETH

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Justin Kurzel Stars: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, David Thewlis, Paddy Considine, Jack Reynor, Elizabeth Debecki, Sean Harris, David Haymer. There have been many film versions of Shakespeare's bloodiest and most cinematic play, from Orson Welles' idiosyncratic 1948 version through to Akira Kurosawa's Throne Of Blood in 1961, which reinvented the play as a samurai drama. More recently Australian director Geoffrey Wright (Romper Stomper, etc) gave us a more contemporary take on the play, setting the drama against the backdrop of a 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

SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: John Madden Stars: Joseph Fiennes, Gwyneth Platrow, Geoffrey Rush, Colin Firth, Imelda Staunton, Tom Wilkinson, Ben Affleck, Martin Clunes, Judi Dench, Simon Callow, Jim Carter, Joe Roberts, Rupert Everett, Antony Sher, Mark Williams. This bawdy, slightly irreverent but delightfully entertaining romantic comedy offers us a fictional interpretation of the creation of Romeo And Juliet, one of literature's greatest tragic love stories. The film is set in the Elizabethan London of 1593. Up and coming young playwright Will Shakespeare Continue reading

HAMLET

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Kenneth Branagh Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Derek Jacobi, Julie Christie, Richard Briers, Michael Maloney, Nicholas Farrell, Kate Winslet, Charlton Heston, Jack Lemmon, Timothy Spall, Robin Williams, Richard Attenborough, Brian Blessed, Billy Crystal, Judi Dench, Gerard Depardieu, Reece Dinsdale, John Gielgud, Rosemary Harris, John Mills, Rufus Sewell Running Time: 240 minutes. The play is certainly the thing in writer/director Kenneth Branagh's bold and ambitious four hour adaptation of Shakespeare's most famous tragedy. Branagh uses Continue reading