CARS 3

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Brian Fee Stars voices of: Owen Wilson, Armie Hammer, Cristela Alonzo, Nathan Fillion, Bonnie Hunt, Larry The Cable Guy, Tony Shalhoub, Paul Dooley, Chris Cooper, Cheech Marin, Paul Newman, Kerry Washington, Ray Magliozzi, Margo Martindale, Isiah Whitlock jr, John Ratzenberger, Kyle Petty, Lewis Hamilton, Katherine Helmond, Jenifer Lewis. The original animated films Cars (2006) is one of the lesser films from the Pixar studios, but the franchise itself has grossed over $2 billion at the box office. Its world inhabited purely by Continue reading

LIVE BY NIGHT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ben Affleck Stars: Ben Affleck, Zoe Saldana, Chris Messina, Brendan Gleeson, Chris Cooper, Elle Fanning, Robert Glenister, Matthew Maher, Sienna Miller, Titus Welliver, Anthony Michael Hall, Max Casella, J D Evermore, Remo Girone. As a director Ben Affleck so far has a perfect strike rate with his three previous efforts behind the camera. First up was the tough Boston noir Gone Baby Gone, which was adapted from the novel written by Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Shutter Island, etc), and starring younger brother Casey. Next up was Continue reading

DEMOLITION

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jean-Marc Vallee Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts, Chris Cooper, Judah Smith, Heather Lind. Davis Mitchell (Jake Gyllenhaal) is a hot shot financier whose wife is killed in a car crash. He goes into denial and his life goes into melt down and he begins to alienate everyone around him. Including his father-in-law Phil (Chris Cooper), who also happens to be his boss. A minor incident involving a vending machine in the hospital though is the real catalyst for his frustration. He writes complaint letters to the company, which attract Continue reading

AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: John Wells Stars: Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Chris Cooper, Ewan McGregor, Benedict Cumberbatch, Margo Martindale, Sam Shepard, Dermot Mulroney, Juliette Lewis, Julianne Nicholson. If two hours of watching a dysfunctional family yelling and tearing strips off each other is your thing, then this adaptation of Tracy Lett's acclaimed drama August: Osage County will provide you with plenty of enjoyment. I saw the three-hour play staged by the Melbourne Theatre Company a couple of years ago, with Robyn Nevin in the role of the formidable Continue reading

THE MUPPETS

  Reviewed by GREG KING Director: James Bobin Stars: Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Chris Cooper, Peter Linz, Jack Black, Alan Arkin, Whoopi Goldberg, Selena Gomez, Neil Patrick Harris, Mickey Rooney, Jim Parsons, Emily Blunt, Zach Galifianakis. The Muppets last graced the big screen in 1999, with the disappointing Muppets From Space. In the decade or so since then, have they become irrelevant, as ruthless oil baron Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) says, or are they still capable of entertaining today’s audiences who like every thing faster, louder and superficial? Continue reading