SUBMERGENCE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Wim Wenders Stars: James McAvoy, Alicia Vikander, Alexander Siddiq, Celyn Jones, Mohamed Hakeemshady, Reda Kateb. Danielle Flanders (Alicia Vikander) is a biomathematician who is about to dive to the ocean floor off Greenland in a mini-submersible to probe her theories on the origins of life. Meanwhile in Somalia, British spy James More (James McAvoy) has embarked on a dangerous mission to investigate the origins of series of deadly suicide bombings that have devastated Europe. More poses as a hydraulics engineer, but he is Continue reading

THE SALT OF THE EARTH

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Directors: Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado. They say one picture is worth a thousand words, and that seems especially true when the pictures come from the lens of Brazilian born photographer Sebastiao Salgado. Initially Salgado studied economics at the behest of his father, but while living in Paris in the 60s he discovered a passion for photography. This passion became his life's work, and for the next four decades or so Salgado travelled around the world, visiting some of its trouble spots and war zones. He captured some Continue reading

PINA

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Wim Wenders. Wim Wenders’s documentary celebrates the life and work of iconic German modern dance choreographer Pina Bausch. Wenders first met dancer and choreographer Bausch in 1985, and he has spent the better part of 20 years trying to make a film that did her formidable reputation justice. Apparently he was inspired by the U2 3D-concert film to tackle the film using the 3D process. Pina boasts some of the best use of 3D technology yet seen in film, and the process brings the dance sequences vividly to Continue reading

THE MILLION DOLLAR HOTEL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Wim Wenders Stars: Jeremy Davies, Milla Jovovich, Mel Gibson, Jimmy Smits, Amanda Plummer, Peter Stromare, Gloria Stuart, Harris Yulin,Tom Bower, Donal Logue, Julian Sands, Bud Cort, Tim Roth. In recent years German director Wim Wenders has turned his cynical outsider's eye on Los Angeles, showing us a sleazy and seedy side to the city of dreams that not many people would recognise. Based on a story written by U2 singer Bono and script writer Nicholas Klein, The Million Dollar Hotel continues to develop Wenders' obsession with Continue reading