GREEN ROOM

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jeremy Sauntier Stars: Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Patrick Stewart, Macon Blair, Callum Turner, Alia Shawkat, Joe Cole, Eric Edelstein, Mark Webber. Cinematographer turned director Jeremy Saulnier has begun to establish himself as an exciting and inventive filmmaker on the independent scene. His previous film was Blue Ruin, an edgy and nasty little revenge thriller that played well on the festival circuit. His latest film Green Room is a smart but harrowing and intense horror thriller which is a stylishly constructed throwback to some Continue reading

5 TO 7

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Victor Levin Stars: Anton Yelchin, Berenice Marlohe, Frank Langella, Glenn Close, Lambert Wilson, Olivia Thirlby, Eric Stoltz, Jocelyn DeBoer. This low budget US/French co-production offers a refreshing take on modern relationships and cross cultural relationships and has a small charm that will win over some audiences. This was a long term passion project for writer and director Victor Levin, who first began developing the script in 2007. Brian Bloom (Anton Yelchin, from the rebooted Star Trek series, etc) is 24 and an aspiring writer, Continue reading

THE SMURFS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Raja Gosnell Stars: Neil Patrick Harris, Hank Azaria, Sofia Vergara, Jayma Mays, voices of Alan Cumming, George Lopez, Jonathan Winters, Anton Yelchin, Katy Perry. I went into this preview of The Smurfs with low expectations. After all, this is a movie based on the 1980’s cartoon characters featuring a bunch of annoyingly upbeat, perennially happy diminutive blue creatures who live in a far way fantasy land. They are all named after peculiar personality traits (thus we get Brainy, Clumsy, Grouchy, etc). The Hanna Barbera produced Continue reading

THE BEAVER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jodie Foster Stars: Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, Anton Yelchin, Riley Thomas Stewart, Jennifer Lawrence. There have been a number of films dealing with the issue of depression and mental breakdowns, but The Beaver is a challenging film that takes an unusual and bizarre route, and makes for uncomfortable viewing. Jodie Foster’s films as a director (Little Man Tate and 1995’s more comedic and lightweight Home For The Holidays) are shaped by psychological insights into dysfunctional characters and family situations. Her first film as a Continue reading