WHAT MEN WANT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Adam Shankman Stars: Taraji P Henson, Aldis Hodge, Josh Brener, Tracy Morgan, Brian Bosworth, Erykah Badu, Shane Paul McGhie, Wendi McLendon Covey, Phoebe Robinson, Tamala Jones, Richard Roundtree, Kellan Lutz, Chris Witaske, Max Greenfield, Auston Jon Moore, Pete Davidson. This laboured, patchy and overlong comedy inverts the premise behind What Women Want, the 2000 romantic comedy from Nancy Meyers that starred Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt. Taraji P Henson (from tv series Empire, Hidden Figures, etc) plays Ali, a Continue reading

HIDDEN FIGURES

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Theodore Melfi Stars: Taraji P Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kevin Costner, Jim Parsons, Kirtsen Dunst, Glen Powell, Mahershala Ali, Aldis Hodge, Kimberly Quinn, Olek Krupa, Ken Strunk, Kurt Krause. The Help at NASA? Of all the nine films nominated for Best Film at this year’s Oscars, the inspirational and feel good true life drama Hidden Figures is also the biggest crowd pleaser and the most accessible. Based on Margot Lee Shatterly’s non-fiction book about a trio of African-American women who worked on the NASA Continue reading

JACK REACHER: NEVER GO BACK

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Edward Zwick Stars: Tom Cruise, Cobie Smulders, Danika Yarosh, Holt McCallany, Aldis Hodge, Patrick Heusinger, Robert Knepper, Jason Douglas, Madalyn Horcher, Robert Catrini. Jack Reacher, a taciturn and hard as nails former military policeman who now wanders across America usually finding trouble in backwater towns, is the hero of a series of best selling novels written by British author Lee Child. In the books Reacher is described as being 6' 7 inches tall and weighing about 250lbs. When it was first announced that Tom Cruise, Continue reading

STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: F Gary Gray Stars: O'Shea Jackson jr, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Aldis Hodge, Neil Brown jr, Paul Giamatti, R Marcos Taylor, Tate Ellington, Cleavon McClendon, Corey Reynolds, Keith Powers, Lisa Renee Pitts, Alexandra Shipp, Marlon Yates jr, Carra Patterson. Rap music is not to my taste, and many people find the misogynistic ideas, homophobia and anti-authoritarian messages of the often angry lyrics offensive. Much of the so-called gangsta rap music was born out of a frustration felt by younger black youths who were harassed by the Continue reading