CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Glenn Ficarra and John Requa Stars: Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Kevin Bacon, Marisa Tomei, Julianne Moore. Life is often messy, and Crazy, Stupid, Love reflects the darker side of life and the complex nature of relationships. Crazy, Stupid, Love was written by Dan Fogelman, who is better known for family friendly animated films like Cars and its sequel, Bolt, and the recent Tangled. The film is really heartfelt, and draws upon some painful and personal elements drawn from Fogelman’s own life. This smart and Continue reading

ABDUCTION

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: John Singleton Stars: Taylor Lautner, Lily Collins, Sigourney Weaver, Alfred Molina, Dermot Mulroney, Maria Bello, Jason Isaacs, Michael Nyqvist. Abduction is a big budget attempt to present hunky Twilight star Taylor Lautner as an action hero, a sort of high school Jason Bourne. While his legion of fans will probably lap it up, the rest of us remain unconvinced. Lautner and his father Dan have produced the film through his Tailor Made Production company, but the film seems to have been rushed into production with a half finished Continue reading

REAL STEEL

  Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Shawn Levy Stars: Hugh Jackman, Dakota Goyo, Evangeline Lilly, Anthony Mackie, Kevin Durand, Hope Davis, James Rebhorn. Real Steel is essentially an adolescent boy’s fantasy movie about giant boxing robots. But thankfully it lacks the noise, chaos, extravagant visual effects and bombastic approach of Michael Bay’s Transformers trilogy. Real Steel offers a cross between the tough boxing action of Rocky 3 and the heartfelt father and son dynamics of The Champ. And even though it is a tad predictable, this is a vastly Continue reading

PROJECT NIM

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: James Marsh. Oscar winning British film maker James Marsh follows up his documentary Man On Wire which chronicled the efforts of French high wire walker to cross between the two towers of the World Trade Centre in 1974, with the moving and provocative Project Nim. The film looks at Nim, a chimpanzee who was taken from his mother and raised as part of a university research project trying to teach him how to communicate via sign language. In 1973, Columbia University professor Herbert Terrace embarked on an Continue reading

TABLOID

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Errol Morris. Tabloid is the new film from veteran Oscar winning documentary filmmaker Errol Morris, who has been making important films for thirty years. His previous insightful and revealing films include The Fog Of War, about Robert McNamara, who was one of the principal architects of the Vietnam War; the true story of crime and injustice The Thin Blue Line; and Standard Operating Procedure about the notorious abuses of prisoners in the Iraqi prison Abu Ghraib. Tabloid proves once again that real life is often Continue reading