WONDER WHEEL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Woody Allen Stars: Kate Winslet, Jim Belushi, Juno Temple, Justin Timberlake, Jack Gore, David Krumholtz, Max Casella, Tony Sirico, Steven Schirripa. Woody Allen is a very prolific filmmaker who has averaged one film per year for the past five decades. And while the quality of his output has varied, he has produced a few bona fide classics along the way. He has also been nominated for more Oscars in the screenwriting category than any other filmmaker. And he writes strong roles for females - he has directed six actresses to an Continue reading

CAFE SOCIETY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Woody Allen Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Steve Carell, Corey Stoll, Ken Stott, Jeannie Berlin, Blake Lively, Parker Posey. Now 81 years old and entering his sixth decade as a filmmaker, Woody Allen is still a prolific director. Over the years his output has been a bit hit and miss, with Midnight In Paris not only his best film in the 21st century but a high point of his career. His latest film, while entertaining and enjoyable enough, is lightweight and fairly forgettable stuff and doesn't reach the heights of that Continue reading

IRRATIONAL MAN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Woody Allen Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Emma Stone, Parker Posey, Jamie Blackley. Even as he nears 80, Woody Allen continues to churn out a one film a year on average and shows little sign on slowing down. But with such a prolific output it is inevitable that he would sometimes repeat themes and ideas. Irrational Man is his 46th film and it explores themes of murder and morality, concepts which he also dealt with in the superior Crimes And Misdemeanors and the lesser Match Point. Irrational Man is less of a comedy and more of a drama about Continue reading

MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Woody Allen Stars: Colin Firth, Emma Stone, Simon McBurney, Jackie Weaver, Marcia Gay Hardin, Hamish Linklater, Eileen Atkins. Woody Allen is certainly very prolific, and he shows no signs of slowing down as he keeps churning out his eccentric little romantic comedies at the pace of one per year. His recent forays away from his beloved Manhattan and into Europe seem to have briefly re-energised him and given him a fresh outlook. Midnight In Paris was one of his best films for quite some time. By comparison with that and his recent Blue Continue reading

MIDNIGHT IN PARIS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Woody Allen Stars: Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Kathy Bates, Marion Cotillard, Michael Sheen, Adrien Brody, Carla Bruni, Corey Stoll, Tom Hiddleston. For someone who was once reluctant to leave his beloved Manhattan, Woody Allen has certainly been shooting his movies in more exotic cities of late, which seems to have revitalised his creative juices. Both Match Point and Scoop were filmed in London, while Vicki Christina Barcelona was shot in the gorgeous seductive city of Barcelona in Spain. And for his 41st film the prolific Continue reading