THE IMITATION GAME

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Morten Tyldum Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Charles Dance, Mark Strong, Matthew Beard, James Cairncross, Rory Kinnear, Allen Leech, Steven Waddington, James Northcote, Alex Lawther, Jack Bannon. The Imitation Game is a gripping WWII drama about a group of British boffins brought together by the War Office to try and crack the German's unbreakable Enigma code, a sophisticated encryption machine they used to send all their top level messages and convey troop movements. The code was changed at midnight Continue reading

FURY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: David Ayer Stars: Brad Pitt, Logan Lerman, Shia LaBeouf, Michael Pena, Jon Bernthal, Alicia von Rittberg, Jason Isaacs, Xavier Samuel, Jim Parrack, Scott Eastwood, Kevin Vance, Anamarie Marinca. This powerful and intense World War Two drama sees Brad Pitt back killing Nazis, something he did so effectively in Tarantino's bloody and violent Inglorious Basterds. But there is little of the tongue in cheek humour or cinematic references that shape his revisionist take on that war. Rather this is a more straightforward tale of heroism and Continue reading

ONCE MY MOTHER

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Sophia Turkiewicz. Sophia Turkiewicz is an Australian filmmaker (Silver City, and lots of television work, etc) who has long been conflicted over her feelings regarding her mother Helen. When she was only seven, Sophia's mother left her at a convent/orphanage in Adelaide for a couple of years. For a long time Sophia was confused by this decision by her mother, which she saw as some sort of betrayal. But it was in her mother's twilight years, as Helen was slipping into dementia and was put into a nursing home, that she came to Continue reading

BELLE AND SEBASTIAN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Nicholas Vanier Stars: Felix Bossuet, Tcheky Karyo, Dimitri Storoge, Andreas Pietschmann, Margaux Chatelier, Urbain Cancelier, Mehdi, Paloma Palma, Jan Oliver Schroeder, Tom Sommerlatte, Karine Androver, Loic Varraut. I didn't quite know what to expect from this film apart from the fact that it was another tale of boy and his dog. But Belle And Sebastian proves to be so much more. There are a number of subplots woven through out the story, but director Nicholas Vanier (The Last Trapper, etc) manages to tie them all up neatly and Continue reading

THE ROUND UP

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Roselyn Bosche Stars: Jean Reno, Hugo Leverdez, Melanie Laurent, Gad Elmaleh, Udo Schenk. This powerful and deeply moving film depicts one of the most shocking and shameful episodes of French history. In the early hours of July 16, 1942 the French police, at the direction of the Nazis, rounded up thousands of Jewish citizens and detained them in appalling conditions in the Paris Velodrome for several days. The detainees were then shipped to a camp outside Paris for a period of time before they were subsequently transported to Continue reading