LIKE A BOSS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Miguel Arteta Stars: Rose Byrne, Tiffany Haddish, Selma Hayek, Jennifer Coolidge, Billy Poter, Karan Soni, Jessie St Clair, Natasha Rothwell, Ari Graynor . Mia (Rose Byrne) and Mel (Tiffany Haddish, the breakout star of Girls Trip) have been friends since they met in middle school twenty-two years earlier, and they bonded over a mutual passion for makeup and beauty treatments. They eventually established their own self-named DIY beauty company together, which has become moderately successful. While Mel is the creative one, Mia Continue reading

THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON – interview with Michael Schwartz

by GREG KING The Peanut Butter Falcon is an adventure story centring around Zak, a young man with Down syndrome, who runs away from the nursing home where he lives to chase his dream of becoming a professional wrestler. He meets Tyler, a small-time outlaw on the run, who becomes Zak's unlikely coach and ally. This is a charming story of a couple of misfits on a journey, a bit like something from a Mark Twain novel. Greg speaks with co-writer and co-director Michael Schwartz about the origins of the story, the casting of Zack Gottsagen and working with Shia LaBeouf on Continue reading

UNDERWATER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: William Eubank Stars: Kristen Stewart, Vincent Cassel, Jessica Henwick, Mamoudou Athie, John Gallagher jr, T J Miller. Once more into the abyss with this claustrophobic, waterlogged variation on the classic sci-fi horror film Alien. Rather than taking place in deep space though this film is set deep under the ocean. 10kms below the ocean in fact, in the Mariana Trench, the deepest trench in the world. A montage of newspaper clippings that play out during the opening credits tells us that there have been mysterious sightings Continue reading

A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Marielle Heller Stars: Tom Hanks, Matthew Rhys, Chris Cooper, Susan Kelechi Watson, Maryann Plunkett, Enrico Colantoni, Wendy Makkena, Tammy Blanchard, Christine Lahti. For over thirty years Fred Rogers was the beloved host of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, the long running afternoon children’s television program on America’s PBS network. He used puppets to explore his experiences and impart moral messages to children. He also listened to the concerns of children and dispensed wise words and advice on how to cope with problems, Continue reading

MEETING GORBACHEV

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Directors: Werner Herzog, Andre Singer. German filmmaker Werner Herzog (Wings Of Desire, Grizzly Man, etc) regards former Russian Secretary General Mikhail Gorbachev as one of the most important politicians of the 20th century. Unlike many of his predecessors, old guard hardliners usually drawn from the ranks of the KGB, the Russian secret police, Gorbachev was a more humble man with a personable demeanour and a sense of humour that made him immensely popular both at home and abroad. A man with vision he saw the urgent Continue reading