A SIMPLE FAVOUR

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Paul Feig Stars: Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively, Henry Golding, Bashir Salahuddin, Joshua Satine, Ian Ho, Jean Smart, Linda Cardellini, Andrew Randells, Danielle Bourgon, Dustin Milligan, Rupert Friend. This twisted, darkly comic female centric noir like thriller marks a change of pace for director Paul Feig, who is best known for his female centric comedies like the raucous Bridesmaids and the recent reboot of the 80’s cult classic Ghostbusters. Overachieving widow and single mother Stephanie Smothers (Anna Kendrick) is also a Continue reading

CAFE SOCIETY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Woody Allen Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Steve Carell, Corey Stoll, Ken Stott, Jeannie Berlin, Blake Lively, Parker Posey. Now 81 years old and entering his sixth decade as a filmmaker, Woody Allen is still a prolific director. Over the years his output has been a bit hit and miss, with Midnight In Paris not only his best film in the 21st century but a high point of his career. His latest film, while entertaining and enjoyable enough, is lightweight and fairly forgettable stuff and doesn't reach the heights of that Continue reading

THE SHALLOWS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Juame Collet-Serra Stars: Blake Lively, Oscar Jaenada, Angelo Jose, Brett Cullen, Sedoni Legge. Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the cinema, along comes another shark thriller. Ever since Steven Spielberg gave us the summer blockbuster with Jaws in 1975, great white sharks have been given something of a bad reputation by Hollywood filmmakers. The success of Jaws also produced a number of sequels and other killer shark themed movies, some of them quite risible by comparison. The Shallows comes from young Spanish Continue reading

THE AGE OF ADALINE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Lee Toland Krieger Stars: Blake Lively, Michiel Huisman, Harrison Ford, Kathy Baker, Ellen Burstyn, Cara Richardson, Anada Crew, Richard Harmon. Adaline Bowman (Blake Lively, from the tv series Gossip Girl, etc) is 29. Adaline Bowman has been 29 for the past seven decades. Unlike Dorian Grey though who had an oil painting in the attic growing old and decrepit while he retained his youth and vigour, Adaline's unchanging age is the result of a more scientific incident. During an unusual snowfall late one night Adaline's car skidded Continue reading