KUNG FU PANDA 2

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jennifer Yoh Nelson Stars: voices of Jack Black, Gary Oldman, Michelle Yeoh, Jackie Chan, Angelina Jolie, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dennis Haysbert, Danny McBride . This sequel to Kung Fu Panda is more awesome, and bigger than its predecessor. The story from Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger (writers of the original Kung Fu Panda) is stronger here, and takes the characters in new directions. Lord Shen (voiced by Gary Oldman) is a dangerous peacock with grand designs on controlling all China with … [Read more...]

CARS 2

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: John Lasseter Stars: voices of: Owen Wilson, Michael Caine, Eddie Izzard, Emily Mortimer, Larry the Cable Guy, John Turturro. For 25 years Pixar have been making superb animated films, beginning with short films and moving into features with Toy Story, The Incredibles, Finding Nemo, etc, which were all hugely successful. However, while the first Cars (2000) was popular at the box office, it remains one of the weaker films in the Pixar canon. And now we have the rather unnecessary sequel, which moves away from the quaint setting … [Read more...]

TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Michael Bay Stars: Shia La Beouf, Patrick Dempsey, John Malkovich, John Turturro, Josh Duhamel, Frances McDormand, Kevin Dunn, Julie White, Ken Jeong, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, voices of Leonard Nimoy, Petter Cullen, Hugo Weaving. This third film in the incredibly lucrative Transformers series is everything that you would expect from a Michael Bay film – a bombastic, overblown, noisy, empty spectacle full of superb special effects and massive destruction on a massive scale. Someone – maybe executive producer Steven Spielberg – … [Read more...]

THE TREE OF LIFE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Terrence Malick Stars: Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain, Brad Pitt, Hunter McCracken. Maverick director Terrence Malick is not exactly a prolific filmmaker, and this is only his fifth film in a thirty-year career. Malick is best known for films like Badlands and Days Of Heaven, which are memorable for their striking images, elegiac quality, and meditative tone. The Tree Of Life, which won the Palme d’Or at Cannes, is his most ambitious undertaking yet. This is a film that sees Malick combine an exploration of religious values with … [Read more...]

SLEEPING BEAUTY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Julia Leigh Stars: Emily Browning, Rachel Blake, Peter Carroll, Chris Haywood, Hugh Keayes-Byrne. This new Australian film is a haunting erotic fairy tale that caused something of a controversy when it screened at Cannes earlier this year. Many will be drawn to the film to check out what all the fuss was about. No doubt they will be disappointed. As will the raincoat brigade, drawn by reports of full frontal nudity and the heavy sexual content of the film. Rather than a voyeuristic fantasy, Sleeping Beauty is a rather dull and … [Read more...]