BEAUTIFUL BOY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Felix van Groeningen Stars: Steve Carell, Timothee Chalamet, Maura Tierney, Amy Ryan, Kue Lawrence, Jack Dylan Grazer. Sharing the same title as a John Lennon song (which Richard Dreyfuss sang to his hearing impaired son in Mr Holland’s Opus), this is a downbeat and grim, but ultimately inspiring cautionary tale of drug addiction, rehabilitation, relapse, and the huge emotional toll that addiction takes on the family of the victims. We’ve seen a number of films dealing with drug addiction, including Otto Preminger’s 1956 drama The Continue reading

MONSTER TRUCKS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Chris Wedge Stars: Lucas Till, Jane Levy, Thomas Lennon, Rob Lowe, Barry Pepper, Holt McCallany, Amy Ryan, Danny Glover, Frank Whaley. How to train your subterranean creature? What if so-called monster trucks were actually powered by monsters that lived inside them? The producers of Monster Trucks have taken a simple concept that apparently sprang from the mind of a four-year-old boy and have worked it into an entertaining quirky throwback to the cinema of the 80s which becomes something of a guilty pleasure by the end. Continue reading

CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Danielle Nicolet, Amy Ryan, Aaron Paul, Jason Bateman, Ryan Hansen, Tim Griffin, John Smith, Thomas Kretschmann, Kumail Nanjiani, Melissa McCarthy. Yet another formulaic odd couple buddy action comedy, Central Intelligence teams action hero Dwayne Johnson (San Andreas, the Fast & Furious franchise, etc) with motor mouthed comic Kevin Hart (Ride Along, the dire Get Hard, etc), the most annoying and unfunny comic working in mainstream movies at the moment). It is an odd Continue reading

GOOSEBUMPS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Rob Letterman Stars: Jack Black, Dylan Minnete, Odeya Rush, Ryan Lee, Amy Ryan, Jillian Bell, Ken Marino, Halston Sage, Amanda Lund, Timothy Simons. With some 200 titles to his credit prolific author R L Stine has been called "the Stephen King of children's literature", and to date has sold over 400 million copies of his series of comic horror stories that reworked many familiar monsters for the young adult market. There was also a successful tv series adapting his stories which ran from 1995-1998. Rather than basing this feature film Continue reading

BRIDGE OF SPIES

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Steven Spielberg Stars: Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Sebastian Koch, Will Rogers, Austin Stowell, Jesse Plemmons, Amy Ryan, Alan Alda, Peter McRobbie, Billy Magnussen, Michael Gaston, Dakin Matthews, Burghart Klaussner, Scott Shepherd. Based on true events, Steven Spielberg's 29th feature is a Cold War thriller ripped from the pages of history. Bridge Of Spies also marks the fourth collaboration between Spielberg and Tom Hanks, after the superb WWII drama Saving Private Ryan, the chase thriller Catch Me If You Can, and The Terminal. The pair Continue reading