SUCKER PUNCH

Reviewed by GREG KING DIrector: Zack Snyder Stars: Emily Browning, Carla Gugino, Scott Glenn, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Vanessa Hudgens, Jamie Chung. Sucker Punch is a misogynist fantasy, in which scantily clad female warriors kick some major butt in an alternative world. It comes across as a frenzied mish-mash of One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Girl Interrupted and Inception via way of Shutter Island. In some ways Sucker Punch resembles a dark, garish, nightmarish CGI-driven version of the recent Inception. The concept for the film was apparently pitched Continue reading

HOP

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Tim Hill Stars: James Marsden, Gary Cole, Elizabeth Perkins, voices of Russell Brand, Hugh Laurie, Hank Azaria. We’ve had Tim Allen play a replacement for Santa Claus, and recently we had Dwayne Johnson play a temporary replacement for the tooth fairy. The latest fantasy character to get a makeover is the Easter Bunny. The family friendly Hop is a clever mix of live action and CGI created animation and again the cartoon characters are seamlessly integrated. Director Tim Hill, who previously gave us a similar hybrid of live action Continue reading

HOW I ENDED THIS SUMMER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Aleksei Popogrebsky Stars: Grigory Dobrygin, Sergei Puskepalis. The setting for this grim and downbeat psychological thriller is a remote meteorological research station at the northern most tip of Siberia. Pavel (Grigory Dobrygin, making his film debut) is a young graduate student gaining work experience. He is impetuous, impatient, irresponsible, technically clever, but he finds the work boring and repetitive, and he spends most of his down time listening to music on his I-pod or playing video games. He represents the new Continue reading

MARS NEEDS MOMS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Simon Wells Stars: voices of Seth Green, Seth Robert Dusky, Joan Cusack, Mindy Sterling, Dan Fogler, Elizabeth Harnois. Based on the children’s book written by Berkeley Breathed (a former Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist renowned for his satirical drawings), Mars Needs Moms is the latest animated feature to use the motion capture technology perfected by Robert Zemeckis. The process basically sees the performers in a motion capture body suit, which enables the film makers to capture their realistic movements, which are then Continue reading

JUST GO WITH IT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Dennis Dugan Stars: Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston, Brooklyn Decker, Bailee Madison, Nicole Kidman, Nick Swardson, Griffin Gluck. Just Go With It is actually a remake of the wonderful Cactus Flower (1969), which starred Walter Matthau, Ingrid Bergman and Goldie Hawn in her Oscar winning role. Cactus Flower itself was a remake of a brisk French farce, but much of the freshness and acerbic humour has been lost in this retread co-written by Allan Loeb (The Dilemma, etc) and former actor turned writer Timothy Dowling (Role Models, Continue reading