DETROIT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Kathryn Bigelow Stars: John Boyega, Will Poulter, Jack Reynor, Ben O'Toole, Algee Smith, Jacob Latimer, Hannah Murray, Kaitlyn Dever, John Krasinski, Anthony Mackie, Jason Mitchell. The latest film from Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker, etc) is a searing drama set in Detroit, Michigan, in the summer of 1967. This was the height of civil unrest and riots in major US cities, stemming from decades of racial inequality and injustice. In July 1967, a five-day riot erupted in the eponymous city following a police raid on an illegal Continue reading

THE NIGHT BEFORE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jonathan Levine Stars: Joseph Gordon Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anthony Mackie, Michael Shannon, Lizzy Caplan, Mindy Kaling, Jillian Bell, Helen Yorke, Ilana Glazer, Aaron Hill, Tracy Morgan, James Franco, Miley Cyrus, Lorraine Toussant, Randall Park. The Night Before is not your typical feel good Christmas Eve fable. Rather this R-rated comedy is an anti-Christmas movie and with its anarchic streak of humour is more in the same tone as the black comedy Bad Santa. However, this is also this year's Christmas turkey, and what an unappealing and Continue reading

ANT-MAN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Peyton Reed Stars: Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale, Judy Greer, Michael Pena, Abby Ryder Fortson, Martin Donovan, Anthony Mackie, David Dasmalchian, T I Harris, Wood Harris, Hayley Atwell, John Slattery. He may well be the smallest superhero in the Marvel stable, but Ant-man punches above its weight and gives the studio one of its better superhero movies. Ant-man is not as dour nor as bloated as the recent Avengers: Age Of Ultron and has a lighter tone throughout that makes it more of a crowd Continue reading

WHAT’S YOUR NUMBER?

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Mike Mylod Stars: Anna Faris, Chris Evans, Dave Annable, Ari Graynor, Martin Freeman, Zachary Quinto, Andy Shamberg, Anthony Mackie, Thomas Lennon, Chris Pratt. What’s Your Number? is the latest in the long line of potty-mouthed raunchy romantic comedies, following on the heels of Friends With Benefits, No Strings Attached, and Bridesmaids. Anna Faris plays Ally Darling, the recently unemployed ditzy, blowsy, loud, sexually voracious but unlucky in love blonde. In the lead up to the wedding of her sister Daisy (Ari Graynor), Continue reading

REAL STEEL

  Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Shawn Levy Stars: Hugh Jackman, Dakota Goyo, Evangeline Lilly, Anthony Mackie, Kevin Durand, Hope Davis, James Rebhorn. Real Steel is essentially an adolescent boy’s fantasy movie about giant boxing robots. But thankfully it lacks the noise, chaos, extravagant visual effects and bombastic approach of Michael Bay’s Transformers trilogy. Real Steel offers a cross between the tough boxing action of Rocky 3 and the heartfelt father and son dynamics of The Champ. And even though it is a tad predictable, this is a vastly Continue reading