THE DUFF

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ari Sandel Stars: Mae Whitman, Robbie Amell, Bella Thorne, Allison Janney, Ken Jeong, Skyler Samuels, Bianca Santos, Nick Eversman, Romany Malco, Chris Wylde. The dynamics of high school years are fertile material for filmmakers who can explore this psychological minefield of cliques, bullying, pecking orders, identity, and entrenched attitudes. It is a setting that has given us some great films, with John Hughes' classic The Breakfast Club, Heathers, Mean Girls, Juno and Easy A amongst the standouts in this subgenre. And now we get The Continue reading

CINDERELLA

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Kenneth Branagh Stars: Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden, Holliday Grainger, Sophie McShera, Derek Jacobi, Stellan Skarsgaard, Nonso Anozi, Helena Bonham Carter, Ben Chaplin, Hayley Atwell, Rob Brydon. This is a superb and visually stunning live action retelling of the classic and timeless fairy tale that has become one of Disney's most enduring and beloved animated films. But will this version stand the test of time like Disney's animated classic and still be fondly remembered when it is over 60 years old? There have been Continue reading

INFINITELY POLAR BEAR

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Maya Forbes Stars: Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana, Imogene Wolodarsky, Ashley Aufderheide, Keir Dullea. Mental illness is a difficult subject to tackle, but it has often been explored in films, with the Oscar winning Rain Man, A Beautiful Mind, etc, being some of the standouts. But it seems that Infinitely Polar Bear sometimes hits a few false notes, and is never as engaging nor as confronting as it should have been, especially since it is based on the filmmaker's own experiences. Filmmaker Maya Forbes has drawn upon her own unconventional Continue reading

THE GOOD THE BAD THE UGLY FILM SHOW PODCAST EPISODE #123

This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Adam, Dave, Greg and Nick take a look at new release films ‘Cinderella,’ ‘Shaun The Sheep Movie,’ ‘Infinitely Polar Bear,’ ‘The Book Of Life,’ ‘Leviathan,’ ‘Tinker Bell And The Legend Of The NeverBeast,’ ‘Get Hard’  and ‘The Sponge Bob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water′ . This episode also contains interviews with Lily James, Richard Madden, Maya Forbes, Channing Tatum, Ginnifer Goodwin, Will Farrell, Tom Kenny, Antonio Banderas and Joel Creasey. Melbourne Underground Film Director Richard Wolstencroft also stops by to let our Continue reading

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Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Yann Demarge Stars: Jack O'Connell, Sean Harris, Richard Dormer, Sam Reid, Charlie Murphy, Killian Scott, Barry Keoghan. Sectarian violence erupted in Northern Ireland in the early 70s as the bitter conflict between Catholics and Protestants began to spiral out of control. British troops were sent in to try and maintain an uneasy peace. Amongst the green and inexperienced squad sent to Belfast is young private Gary Hook (Jack O'Connell, recently seen in Angelina Jolie's tough war film about survival and endurance Unbroken). The troops Continue reading