WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Glenn Ficarra and John Requa Stars: Tina Fey, Martin Freeman, Margot Robbie, Christopher Abbott, Billy Bob Thornton, Alfred Molina, Nicholas Braun, Stephen Peacocke, Josh Charles, Thomas Kretschman. Based on the 2011 book The Taliban Shuffle, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot looks at journalists in a war zone in Afghanistan. War is a serious matter, but there have been many comedies that have managed to wring laughs out of combat, especially black comedies like Catch 22, M*A*S*H, and even Good Morning Vietnam. Although not in the same league as Continue reading

SECRET IN THEIR EYES

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Billy Ray Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman, Dean Norris, Alfred Molina, Joe Cole, Michael Kelly, Zoe Graham. This twisting thriller about murder, the search for justice, grief, obsession, revenge and the high emotional cost of vengeance is a workmanlike but ultimately uninspired US remake of the 2010 Oscar winning Argentine film from director Juan Jose Campanella. Writer/director Billy Ray has relocated the action from 1970s Buenos Aires, with its political tensions and air of corruption and conspiracy, to Los Continue reading

LOVE IS STRANGE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ira Sachs Stars: John Lithgow, Alfred Molina, Marisa Tomei, Darren Burrows, Charlie Tahan, Cheyenne Jackson, Manny Perez, Eric Tabach. Love is indeed strange, elusive and even painful at times. New York filmmaker Ira Sachs often explores queer politics and gay themes, but this beautifully observed, poignant, bittersweet and touching comic drama is arguably his most accessible film yet. And it is certainly a nice change of pace from his more confronting and semi-autobiographical Keep The Lights On. Love Is Strange benefits enormously Continue reading

ABDUCTION

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: John Singleton Stars: Taylor Lautner, Lily Collins, Sigourney Weaver, Alfred Molina, Dermot Mulroney, Maria Bello, Jason Isaacs, Michael Nyqvist. Abduction is a big budget attempt to present hunky Twilight star Taylor Lautner as an action hero, a sort of high school Jason Bourne. While his legion of fans will probably lap it up, the rest of us remain unconvinced. Lautner and his father Dan have produced the film through his Tailor Made Production company, but the film seems to have been rushed into production with a half finished Continue reading

ABDUCTION

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: John Singleton Stars: Taylor Lautner, Maria Bello, Jason Isaacs, Michael Nyqvist, Lily Collins, Alfred Molina, Sigourney Weaver, Dermott Mulroney. Abduction is a big budget attempt to present hunky Twilight star Taylor Lautner as an action hero, a sort of high school Jason Bourne. While his legion of fans will probably lap it up, the rest of us remain unconvinced. Lautner and his father Dan have produced the film through his Tailor Made Production company, but the film seems to have been rushed into production with a half Continue reading