ONLY THE BRAVE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Joseph Kosinski Stars: Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jeff Bridges, Taylor Kitsch, James Badge Dale, Alex Russell, Andie MacDowell, Geoff Stults, Thad Luckinbill, Ben Hardy, Scott Haze. There have been a few great films about heroic firefighters, and the best of them is, arguably, Ron Howard's Backdraft. Other great films about firefighters have included Irwin Allen's star-studded disaster movie The Towering Inferno and the 1968 Hellfighters, which starred John Wayne as fictitious version of the legendary Red Continue reading

MAGIC MIKE XXL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Gregory Jacobs Stars: Channing Tatum, Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer, Kevin Nash, Adam Rodriguez, Gabriel Iglesias, Jada Pinkett Smith, Amber Heard, Andie MacDowell, Elizabeth Banks. Steven Soderbergh's 2012 film Magic Mike, about a group of male strippers, had a gritty and darker edge as it was also something of a cautionary tale about the downside of chasing fame and fortune and it also dealt with the impact of the economic crisis. Because it became an unexpected hit at the box office we now get this largely unnecessary and Continue reading

FOOTLOOSE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Craig Brewer Stars: Kenny Wormald, Miles Teller, Dennis Quaid, Julianne Hough, Andie MacDowell. This is one remake that actually is quite good. Dean Pritchford, who wrote the original Footloose in 1984, has tweaked his original script and made it contemporary and relevant for today’s audiences. Although Pritchford has beefed up some subplots, the story remains faithful to the original. The film retains its themes of small town morals, teen rebellion, grief, religion versus state. Cowriter/director Craig Brewer (Black Snake Continue reading

MONTE CARLO

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Thomas Bezucha Stars: Selena Gomez, Kate Cassidy, Leighton Meester, Pierre Boulanger, Luke Bracey, Cory Monteith, Giulio Berruti, Andie MacDoweel, Catherine Tate. Monte Carlo is squeaky clean, inoffensive family friendly fantasy about romance, friendship and mistaken identities played out against some exotic locations. The film will appeal strongly to tween girls who flocked to films like The Sisterhood Of The Travelling Pants, The Lizzy Maguire Movie, and Hannah Montana, etc. Dreamy Texas waitress Grace (played by former Continue reading

JUST THE TICKET

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Richard Wenk Stars: Andy Garcia, Andie MacDowell, Richard Bradford, Andre Blank, Irene Worth, Elizabeth Ashley, Chris Lemmon, Ron Liebman, Abe Vigoda. This curiously bland and unsatisfying romantic comedy is something of a labour of love for co-stars Andy Garcia, who produced it through his production company, and Andie MacDowell. Garcia plays Gary Starke, a ticket scalper who operates on the streets of New York. His long suffering girl friend Linda (MacDowell) has grown impatient with his lack of commitment to their relationship and Continue reading