A DOG’S PURPOSE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Lasse Hallstrom Stars: Dennis Quaid, Josh Gad, Peggy Lipton, Luke Kirby, John Ortiz, Bryce Gheisar, K J Apa, Britt Robertson, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Pooch Hall, Logan Miller.   What is a dog’s purpose? Is it to provide companionship, to help us overcome grief and loneliness, or is it to help us find fulfilment and purpose in our own lives? These questions will be answered in this heart-warming and slightly mawkish feel good family friendly film based on the 2010 bestseller by W Bruce Cameron, best known for his book 8 Continue reading

THE SPACE BETWEEN US

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Peter Chelsom Stars: Asa Butterfield, Britt Robertson, Gary Oldman, Carla Gugino, BD Wong, Janet Montgomery, Colin Egglesfield, Peter Chelsom. The kid who fell to Earth? In 2018 a small group of astronauts head off to live on Mars in an experimental colony known as East Texas. This space mission is the brainchild of Nathaniel Shepherd (Gary Oldman), a billionaire entrepreneur clearly modelled on Richard Branson, who is the CEO of Genesis Space Technologies. But unknown to the mission organisers until it is too late, Sarah Continue reading

MOTHER’S DAY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Garry Marshall Stars: Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, Julia Roberts, Timothy Olyphant, Jason Sudeikis, Britt Robertson, Jack Whitehall, Hector Elizondo, Shay Mitchell, Cameron Esposito, Margo Martindale, Asif Mandvi, Robert Pine, Sarah Chalke, Ella Anderson, Loni Love, Lucy Walsh, Jennifer Garner, Larry Miller, Sean O'Bryan, Brandon Spink, Caleb Brown, Jon Lovitz, Grayson Russell. Mother's Day is the third film in director Garry Marshall's unofficial trilogy based around Hallmark-like "special events" holidays, and it follows the bland Continue reading

THE LONGEST RIDE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: George Tillman jr Stars: Scott Eastwood, Britt Robertson, Alan Alda, Jack Huston, Oona Chaplin, Lolita Davidovitch, Melissa Benoist, Gloria Rueben. "True love requires sacrifice," says Ira Levinson (Alan Alda), in The Longest Ride, the 10th formulaic and somewhat predictable romantic drama from the prolific pen of Nicholas Sparks, who writes manipulative, three handkerchief weepies. The popular and unashamedly soppy The Notebook is probably the best example of his work, mainly because of the chemistry between Ryan Gosling and Rachel Continue reading