THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Chris Renaud, Yarrow Cheney Stars: voices of Louis C K, Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Ellie Kemper, Lake Bell, Tara Strong, Steve Coogan, Albert Brooks, Jenny Slate, Dana Carvey, Jim Cummings. We all love and pamper our beloved pets. But what do they secretly get up to when we are not home? That is the clever and intriguing premise behind this animated feature from director Chris Renaud, the guy behind the Despicable Me franchise and those lovable Minions. But in looking at what domestic pets get up to while their owners are away Continue reading

CONCUSSION

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Peter Landesman Stars: Will Smith, Albert Brooks, Alec Baldwin, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Eddie Marsan, David Morse, Paul Reiser, Arliss Howard, Luke Wilson, Mike O'Malley, Hill Harper, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Stephen Moyer, Richard T Jones, Sara Lindsey. There was an irony in the fact that we were watching a media preview of Concussion while the Superbowl was being televised throughout bars in the city. The fact based drama Concussion is highly critical of the all powerful NFL and its attempts to cover up the long term degenerative brain Continue reading

A MOST VIOLENT YEAR

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: J C Chandor Stars: Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, Albert Brooks, David Oyelowo, Alessandro Nivola, Elyes Gabel, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Peter Gerety, Ashley Williams. In 1981 New York was a city in decline, and statistically was regarded as one of the most violent years in its history, with both the crime and murder rate spiraling. This era of lawlessness forms the backdrop for this character driven piece about crime and corruption. This is the third film from director J C Chandor, whose impressive filmography includes Margin Call, a Continue reading

DRIVE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Nicholas Winding Refn Stars: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Oscar Isaac, Bryan Cranston, Albert Brooks, Ron Perlman. Maverick Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn makes tough, unflinchingly brutal and uncompromising dramas like his Pusher trilogy and the physically bruising Bronson. For his first American film, Refn has made a dark and downbeat hard boiled noir-like thriller that has moments of quiet punctuated by sudden explosive bursts of graphic, bloody violence. Refn brings an outsider’s perspective to his depiction of LA, Continue reading

MOTHER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director:Albert Brooks Stars:Albert Brooks, Debbie Reynolds, Rob Morrow, Lisa Kudrow, Isabel Glasser, Peter White, John C McGinley A number of complex Oedipal issues and dysfunctional family relationships are put under the microscope in this quite funny comedy from writer/director Albert Brooks (Defending Your Life, Lost In America, etc), who has often been described as the west coast Woody Allen. His sharp and satirical tales about flawed and occasionally neurotic people looking for happiness and the meaning of life in contemporary Continue reading