JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jake Kasdan Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Karen Gillan, Bobby Cannavale, Nick Jonas, Alex Wolff, Ser'Darius Blain, Madison Iseman, Morgan Turner, Colin Hanks. Not quite a remake of the Joe Johnston directed 1995 film that starred Robin Williams, but rather a lively reboot and an attempt to kickstart a potential new franchise. The original Jumanji was based on the illustrated book written in 1981 by Chris Van Allsburg, who also wrote The Polar Express and Zathura, which shared a few similar themes. In the 1995 Continue reading

PADDINGTON 2

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Paul King Stars: voices of Ben Whishaw, Imelda Staunton, Michael Gambon; Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Hugh Grant, Madeleine Harris, Samuel Joslin, Brendan Gleeson, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi, Tom Conti, Julie Walters, Ben Miller, Richard Ayoade, Joanna Lumley. Paddington, the marmalade loving bear from the wildest jungles of Peru who found a new home in the suburbs of London, was created by the late Michael Bond in 1958. Since then the late author wrote over 100 books about the misadventures of Paddington; they have sold Continue reading

WONDER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Stephen Chbosky Stars: Jacob Tremblay, Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Izabela Vidovic, Mandy Patinkin, Noah Jupes, Bryce Ghesiar, Daveed Diggs, Millie Price, Nadji Jeter, Danielle Rose Russell. Based on the best-selling 2013 young adult novel written by R J Palacio, Wonder tells the story of 10-year old August Pullman (played by Jacob Tremblay, who was so good in Room), a sensitive and intelligent boy who was born with Treacher Collins syndrome, a genetic disfiguring craniofacial abnormality. He underwent 27 Continue reading

CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS: THE FIRST EPIC MOVIE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: David Soren Stars: voices of Kevin Hart, Thomas Middleditch, Ed Helms, Nick Kroll, Jordan Peele, Kristen Schaal, Dee Dee Rescher. From Dreamworks Animation comes Captain Underpants, the first feature film based on the popular series of children's books written and illustrated by Dav Pilkey that have apparently sold over 70 million copies worldwide. It centres around George Beard (voiced by Kevin Hart) and Harold Hutchins (voiced by Thomas Middleditch, from the tv sitcom Silicon Valley, etc), best friends and overly imaginative Continue reading

CARS 3

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Brian Fee Stars voices of: Owen Wilson, Armie Hammer, Cristela Alonzo, Nathan Fillion, Bonnie Hunt, Larry The Cable Guy, Tony Shalhoub, Paul Dooley, Chris Cooper, Cheech Marin, Paul Newman, Kerry Washington, Ray Magliozzi, Margo Martindale, Isiah Whitlock jr, John Ratzenberger, Kyle Petty, Lewis Hamilton, Katherine Helmond, Jenifer Lewis. The original animated films Cars (2006) is one of the lesser films from the Pixar studios, but the franchise itself has grossed over $2 billion at the box office. Its world inhabited purely by Continue reading