THE MUPPETS

  Reviewed by GREG KING Director: James Bobin Stars: Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Chris Cooper, Peter Linz, Jack Black, Alan Arkin, Whoopi Goldberg, Selena Gomez, Neil Patrick Harris, Mickey Rooney, Jim Parsons, Emily Blunt, Zach Galifianakis. The Muppets last graced the big screen in 1999, with the disappointing Muppets From Space. In the decade or so since then, have they become irrelevant, as ruthless oil baron Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) says, or are they still capable of entertaining today’s audiences who like every thing faster, louder and superficial? Continue reading

TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY

  Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Tomas Alfredson Stars: Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Mark Strong, John Hurt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hardy, Toby Jones, Ciaran Hinds, David Dencik. Novelist John Le Carre was previously an agent with Britain’s MI6, and he drew upon his experience to bring a touch of realism to his gritty spy novels. They were far removed from the world of Bond – no exotic locations, buxom women, lots of chases, action, and a megalomaniacal villain intent on conquering the world. Rather his spies are world weary, cynical bureaucrats Continue reading

THE DESCENDANTS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Alexander Payne Stars: George Clooney, Matthew Lilliard, Shailene Woodley, Amara Miller, Robert Forster, Neal Krause, Beau Bridges. The Descendants is the new film from Alexander Payne (Sideways, About Schmidt, etc), and it is a subtle, understated and painfully raw character-driven comedy/drama that deals with themes of mortality and family. Payne is an insightful and intelligent filmmaker whose previous films have explored the human condition, and dealt with men adrift, looking for their bearings and hoping to make a connection Continue reading

THE SALT OF LIFE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Gianni Di Gregorio Stars: Gianni Di Gregorio, Elisabetta Piccolomini, Teresa Di Gregorio, Valeria De Franciscus, Alfonso Santagata, Kristina Cepraga. Aylin Prandi, Laura Sqizzato, Silvia Squizzato. Italian filmmaker Gianni Di Gregorio is a little like his compatriot Nanni Moretti – he writes, directs and stars in his own idiosyncratic movies. There is a semi-autobiographical feel to Di Gregorio’s films as they deal with the regrets, longings, frustrations and mid-life crises of a man approaching old age. After a lifetime of Continue reading

HUGO

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Martin Scorsese Stars: Asa Butterfield, Chloe Grace Moretz, Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jude Law, Richard Griffiths, Emily Mortimer, Frances de la Tour, Christopher Lee. Hugo is a fascinating and very enjoyable fable set in Paris in the 1930’s. It is also a loving homage to the bygone era of silent film made by a master filmmaker who appreciates his film history. The film’s themes obviously resonate strongly with director Martin Scorsese, who grew up with a love of cinema, and it will also appeal strongly to audiences with a Continue reading