FREE STATE OF JONES

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Gary Ross Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Kerri Russell, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mahershala Ali, Thomas Frances Murphy, Jacob Lofland, Sean Bridgers, Christopher Berry. Hollywood has given us lots of great dramas set against the backdrop of the Civil War, including Oscar winning classics like the epic Gone With The Wind; Kevin Costner's Dances With Wolves; Lincoln; Robert Maxwell's Gettysburg, the superb and meticulous reenactment of the war's bloodiest battle; Cold Mountain; Glory, about a regiment of African-American soldiers; and of course Continue reading

KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Travis Knight Stars: voices of Charlize Theron, Matthew McConaughey, Art Parkinson, Ralph Fiennes, Rooney Mara, Brenda Vaccaro, George Takei, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa. This stop motion animated action adventure comes from Laika Studios, and maintains the high standards established by their previous works like Coraline and Paranorman. Set in a mythical Japan during the era of the Samurai, the film draws upon the traditions and culture of ancient Japan, including the Kabuki theatre, origami, samurai legends and anime comics. Written by Continue reading

THE GOOD THE BAD THE UGLY FILM SHOW PODCAST EPISODE #190

This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Adam, Dave, Greg and Nick take a look at new release films ‘Indignation,’ ‘A Hologram For The King,’ ‘Free State of Jones,’ ‘David Brent: Life On The Road,’ ‘The Shallows,’ ‘Kubo And The Two Strings,’ ‘Red Billabong,’ ‘Motorkite Dreaming,’ ‘Ben-Hur,’ ‘Tickled,’ ‘High-Rise’  and ‘War Dogs’. This episode also contains interviews with Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha, Gary Ross, Blake Lively, Jack Huston, David Farrier (Tickled), Charlie Hill-Smith (director of Motorkite Dreaming), John Cherry (producer of Motorkite Dreaming), Continue reading

BEN-HUR

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Timur Bekmambetov Stars: Jack Huston, Toby Kebbell, Morgan Freeman, Pilou Asbaek, Rodrigo Snatoro, Nazanin Boniadi, Ayelet Zurer, Moises Arias. Despite the success of Ridley Scott's Gladiator and Mel Gibson's visceral The Passion Of The Christ, the lavish big budget Biblical epic and sword and sandals drama has gone the way of the once popular western. They have become a moribund genre that holds little appeal or relevance for today's movie going audiences raised on a diet of CGI generated special effects and super hero movies. And Continue reading

WAR DOGS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Todd Phillips Stars: Jonah Hill, Miles Teller, Ana de Armas, Kevin Pollak, Patrick St Esprit, Shaun Toub, Bradley Cooper, Barry Livingston, Aaron Lustig, J B Blanc. Guns n bongs? "War dogs" are bottom feeders who are making money off the war effort without ever setting foot on a battlefield. This cynical look at the war in Iraq shows that the war was not about winning the hearts and minds of the local population, nor was it about bringing democracy to the region - rather it was about making bucketloads of money by profiting off the Continue reading