LOGAN LUCKY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Steven Soderbergh Stars: Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Daniel Craig, Riley Keogh, Katie Holmes, Hilary Swank, Seth McFarlane, Dwight Yoakum, Farrah McKenzie, David Denman, Charles Halford, Katherine Waterston, Brian Gleeson, Jack Quaid, Macon Blair. Four years ago, Oscar winning filmmaker Steven Soderbergh announced that he was quitting the movie business after 2013's Side Effects. During that retirement though he concentrated on television work, and he earned a couple of Emmy Awards for his work on the tv series The Knick and the Continue reading

THE HATEFUL EIGHT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Quentin Tarantino Stars: Samuel L Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Tim Roth, Bruce Dern, Michael Madsen, Demian Bechir, Channing Tatum, Zoe Bell, James Parks. Quentin Tarantino returns to the wild west for his eighth film. But he also tries to return to the epic style of cinema popular in the 50s and 60s, shooting in the long dormant 70mm format. He also includes a rousing orchestral overture at the start, a glossy souvenir program with notes about the production, and an intermission break to try and recreate Continue reading

MAGIC MIKE XXL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Gregory Jacobs Stars: Channing Tatum, Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer, Kevin Nash, Adam Rodriguez, Gabriel Iglesias, Jada Pinkett Smith, Amber Heard, Andie MacDowell, Elizabeth Banks. Steven Soderbergh's 2012 film Magic Mike, about a group of male strippers, had a gritty and darker edge as it was also something of a cautionary tale about the downside of chasing fame and fortune and it also dealt with the impact of the economic crisis. Because it became an unexpected hit at the box office we now get this largely unnecessary and Continue reading

THE BOOK OF LIFE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jorge R Gutierrez Stars: voices of Diego Luna, Zoe Saldana, Channing Tatum, Kate Del Castillo, Ron Perlman, Christina Applegate, Danny Trejo, Hector Elizondo, Ice Cube, Placido Domingo. "What is it with Mexicans and death?" This is the sophomore animated film from Texas based animation studio Reel FX, who previously gave us Free Birds, about a couple of turkeys who travel back in time to change the Thanksgiving tradition. The Book Of Life centres around the Mexican tradition of the Day of the Dead, and is steeped in Mexican lore and Continue reading

JUPITER ASCENDING

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: The Wachowskis Stars: Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum, Eddie Redmayne, Sean Bean, Douglas Booth, Tuppence Middleton, Kick Gurry, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Doona Bae. I really liked the Wachowski's first film Bound; it was a tight and stylishly made erotic thriller shot on a low budget. Since then though Andy and Lana (formerly Larry) Wachowski seem to have embraced science fiction themes with a vengeance and become obsessed with spectacular visuals and CGI effects to bring their original and ambitiously surreal vision to the Continue reading