THE PROMISE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Terry George Stars: Oscar Isaac, Christian Bale, Charlotte Le Bon, Marwan Kenzari, Shorheh Aghdashloo, James Cromwell, Jean Reno, Tom Hollander, Angela Sarafyan, Numan Acar, Igal Naor, Tamer Hassan. Political filmmaker Terry George delves into the mass murder of Armenian citizens in his new film The Promise. George wears his heart on his sleeve, and has tackled big subjects before, such as the issue of IRA hunger strikers in his 1996 drama Some Mother’s Sons and the 1994 mass genocide in Rwanda in his 2004 drama Hotel Rwanda. His Continue reading

WONDER WOMAN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Patty Jenkins Stars: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Connie Nielsen, David Thewlis, Danny Huston, Elena Anaya, Lucy Davis, Said Taghmaoui, Ewan Bremner, Eugene Brave Rock, Lilly Aspell. Marvel Studios have created their own universe in which their stable of superheroes tend to pop up in each other’s films, and for a long while they have had the edge over DC comics with their lighter touch. The Marvel films have usually been more colourful, with plenty of action and humour, while the films featuring DC superheroes have, of Continue reading

FRANTZ

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Francois Ozon Stars: Paula Beer, Pierre Niney, Ernst Stotzner, Marie Gruber, Johann von Bulow, Anton bon Lucke, Cyrielle Claire, Alice de Lencquesaing. The prolific Francois Ozon is one of France’s most stylish and intriguing filmmakers, especially with visually sumptuous melodramas like Swimming Pool winning great critical acclaim and reaching international audiences. His films deal with sex and death, and often have a strong queer subtext. His latest film is no exception. Frantz is a haunting and stylish period romance set in the Continue reading

TESTAMENT OF YOUTH

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: James Kent Stars: Alicia Vikander, Dominic West, Emily Watson, Kit Harington, Taron Egerton, Colin Morgan, Miranda Richardson, Hayley Atwell, Henry Garrett. Vera Brittain is one of the foremost figures of the pacifist movement of the twentieth century. Her views on the horrors of war and the waste of a generation of young men were formed and shaped by her experiences as a nurse at the front during some of the bloody battles of WWI. Her outspoken views though were not always readily welcomed by a public clamouring for retribution and Continue reading