SEX TAPE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jake Kasdan Stars: Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel, Rob Corddry, Ellie Kemper, Rob Lowe, Sebastian Hedges Thomas, Jack Black, Nat Faxon. Another raunchy sub-Judd Apatow comedy, this sex tape is embarrassing for all the wrong reasons! In a year that has given us some great adult oriented comedies like Bad Neighbours, A Million Ways To Die In The West, etc, Sex Tape is substandard fare. The link between pornography and technology is the impetus for this comedy about a married couple who make a sex tape one night and then panic when they Continue reading

BAD TEACHER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jake Kasdan Stars: Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake, Lucy Punch, Jason Segel, John Michael Higgins. Despite the title, this is not a black comedy along the lines of Bad Santa, in which Billy Bob Thornton played a store Santa Claus with a nasty streak. Instead, this is a moderately amusing comedy starring Cameron Diaz as a superficial teacher who has her priorities all messed up. Elizabeth Halsey has only become a teacher because of the short hours and long holidays. A gold digger, she is on the lookout for a rich man who can Continue reading

THE GREEN HORNET

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Michel Gondry Stars: Seth Rogen, James Franco, Christoph Waltz, Tom Wilkinson, Cameron Diaz, Jay Chou. After the mighty Kick-Ass showed how a bit of imagination could drive a comic book adaptation, we get this dismal version of yet another comic superhero. This $90 million feature film adaptation of comic book super hero Green Hornet is a mediocre mess and a wasted opportunity, and as such is another failure along the lines of the awful Daredevil. This expensive and troubled film underwent a lot of script changes and behind the Continue reading

VANILLA SKY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Cameron Crowe Stars: Tom Cruise, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Timothy Spall, Jason Lee, Kurt Russell, Tilda Swinton, Noah Taylor. A remake of the Spanish film Abre Los Ojos (Open Your Eyes), Cameron Crowe's Vanilla Sky is a bewildering, existential sci-fi thriller that will be mainly remembered as the film that led to the split in the fairy tale marriage between Hollywood's favourite son Tom Cruise and red hot flavour of the year Nicole Kidman. The attendant publicity surrounding the breakup and the subsequent romance between Continue reading

VERY BAD THINGS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Peter Berg Stars: Christian Slater, Cameron Diaz, Jon Favreau, Daniel Stern, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Jeremy Piven, Leland Orser, Joey Zimmerman, Tyle Malinger, Russell B McKenzie, Lawrence Pressman. While Very Bad Things shares a similar moral to A Simple Plan, it is ultimately a vastly different film. This grim black comedy looks at how normally ordinary people can commit atrocious acts and then be torn apart by their guilty conscience. However, debut writer/director Peter Berg (from Chicago Hope, etc) relentlessly pushes the pitch Continue reading