MY OLD SCHOOL

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Jono McLeod Stars: Alan Cumming, voices of Lulu, Clare Grogan, Dawn Steele, Joe Mcfadden, Gary Lamont, Brian MacKinnon. My Old School is a quirky and unusual documentary that is constructed from a mix of archival footage, interviews and animation.  In 1993 17-year-old Brandon Lee enrolled as a student at Bearsden Academy in Glasgow. He was a popular student even though his appearance was a bit odd. He claimed that his unusual looks were due to surgery following a car accident. He also claimed that he had Continue reading

SHOW DOGS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Raja Gosnell Stars: Will Arnett, Natasha Lyonne, Andy Beckwith, Omar Chaparro, voices of Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges, Alan Cumming, Stanley Tucci, Shaquille O'Neal, Jordin Sparks, Ru Paul, Gabriel Iglesias. Worst In Show? There have been several action comedies in which a police detective has been partnered with a canine. The best of this subgenre is 1989’s Turner And Hooch, which starred a pre-Oscar winning Tom Hanks. There was also James Belushi in the inferior K-9. And the recent A Dog’s Purpose featured a more serious subplot Continue reading

BATTLE OF THE SEXES

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. Stars: Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Andrea Riseborough, Sarah Silverman, Bill Pullman, Alan Cumming, Elisabeth Shue, Austin Stowell, Natalie Morales, Jessica Mcnamee, Fred Armisen, Lewis Pullman, Martha MacIsaac, Mickey Sumner, Bridey Elliott, Eric Christian Olsen, Wallace Langham, Matt Malloy. In 1973, former Wimbledon champion and first-rate serial tennis hustler, gambling addict and sexist braggard Bobby Riggs played women's champion Billie Jean King in a spectacular Continue reading

BURLESQUE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Steve Antin Stars: Cher, Stanley Tucci, Christina Aguilera, Peter Gallagher, Eric Dane, Can Gigandet, Kristen Bell, Alan Cumming. Could this musical get any more camp if it tried? Despite the disappointing nature of Burlesque, it is far more enjoyable than the recent big budget musical misfire Nine. As a vehicle to launch the acting career of pop star Christina Aguilera, Burlesque is certainly a much better choice than Mariah Carey's debut the awful Glitter, and Brittany Spears’ dreadful Crossroads. As executive producer of Continue reading

GET CARTER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Stephen Kay Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Miranda Richardson, Michael Caine, Rachael Leigh Cook, Alan Cumming, Mickey Rourke, John C McGinley, Rhona Mitre. With superb films like Copland and Cliffhanger but distant memories, fading action hero Sylvester Stallone badly needs a hit movie to restore some of his former glory as a box office champion. Unfortunately, this rather lame remake of the classic 1971 British thriller Get Carter is unlikely to reverse his fortunes. The plot details remain essentially the same here, although the Continue reading