THE FAMILY FANG

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jason Bateman Stars: Jason Bateman, Nicole Kidman, Christopher Walken, Maryann Plunkett, Kathryn Hahn, Michael Chernus, Harris Yulin, Josh Pais, Jason Butler Harner, Mackenzie Brooke Smith, Linda Edmond, Jack McCarthy, Kyle Donnery, Taylor Rose. This was one of two films I saw at MIFF about unorthodox, dysfunctional and troubled families - the other was Captain Fantastic, which boasted an impressive performance from Viggo Mortensen. The Family Fang is a quirky comedy about an eccentric family. Based on the 2011 novel written by Continue reading

EDDIE THE EAGLE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Dexter Fletcher Stars: Taron Egerton, Hugh Jackman, Tim McInnerny, Keith Allen, Jo Hartley, Christopher Walken, Jim Broadbent, Edvin Endre, Iris Berben, Mark Benton, Rune Temte, Ania Sowinski. White men can't ski jump? The 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics have already given us one feel good underdog story with the Jamaican bobsled team who defied all odds to compete, and their inspiring story was recounted in the crowd pleasing film Cool Runnings. Now we get another crowd pleasing feel good story with this biopic of British ski jumper Continue reading

THE JUNGLE BOOK

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jon Favreau Stars: Neel Sethi, voices of Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Christopher Walken, Giancarlo Esposito, Idris Elba, Scarlett Johansson, Lupita Nyong'o, Garry Shandling. Rudyard Kipling's classic tale of Mowgli, the orphan boy raised in the jungle by wolves, has been told many times on screen before, most notably in the 1967 animated version from Disney studios. That was the last film that Walt Disney himself was personally involved with, as he died before it was released. Since then there have been several other versions, including Continue reading

JERSEY BOYS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Clint Eastwood Stars: Johnny Lloyd Young, Vincent Piazza, Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda, Christopher Walken, Mike Doyle, Joey Russell, Steve Schrippa, Donnie Kehr, Barry Livingston, Freya Tingley, Renee Marino. "I'm gonna be as big as Sinatra," a young Frank Valli boasts to Mary, who becomes his first wife. And he did become famous as the front man for The Four Seasons, a band from New Jersey that hit it big in the 60s with hits like Sherry and Big Girls Don't Cry. While their hits may be familiar from classic hits radio, the backstory Continue reading

TOUCH

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Paul Schrader Stars: Christopher Walken, Bridget Fonda, Skeet Ulrich, Tom Arnold, Gina Gershon, Janeane Garofalo, Lolita Davidovich, Paul Mazursky, Anthony Zerbe, Mason Adams Running Time: 102 minutes. It's hard to be a saint in the city, especially when con men, slick hustlers and a particularly voracious media expect you to perform miracles on demand. Juvenal (Skeet Ulrich, from Scream, The Craft, etc) is a young missionary who has a gift for healing with his hands and bleeds from Christ-like wounds in his hands and feet. He Continue reading