DAVID BRENT: LIFE ON THE ROAD

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ricky Gervais Stars: Ricky Gervais, Ben Bailey-Smith, Tom Bennett, Mandeep Dhillon, Jo Hartley, Alexander Arnold, Abbie Murphy. I have not watched the British tv series The Office, so was not sure what to expect from this spin off feature length film. There have been many attempts to extend a 30 minute sitcom to feature length, such as the recent belated Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, which was unfortunately laboured, unfunny, past its use by date, and aimed purely at the fans of the series. David Brent, for the uninitiated, was Continue reading

GOD WILLING

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Eduardo Falcone Stars: Marco Giallini, Alessandro Gassman, Laura Morante, Ilaria Spada, Enrico Oetiker, Edoardo Pesce, Giuseppina Cervizzi, Silvia Munguia. One of the hits at the recent Italian Film Festival, this crowd pleasing feel good comedy gets a cinema release. God Willing (Se Dio vuole) is the directorial debut feature from writer Eduardo Falcone (Remember Me?, etc), and is a delight that moves at a fairly brisk pace. Dealing with themes of faith, family, human nature, and the meaning of life, the film is full of gentle Continue reading

ZOOLANDER 2

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ben Stiller Stars: Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Penelope Cruz, Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, Justin Theroux, Cyrus Arnold, Milla Jovovich, Billy Zane, Kiefer Sutherland, Benedict Cumberbatch, Kyle Mooney, Nathan Lee Graham, Susan Sarandon, Justin Bieber, Christine Taylor, John Malkovich, Katy Perry, Fred Armisen, Sting, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Anna Wintour, Willie Nelson, Tommy Hilfiger, Marc Jacobs. This sequel is one of the year's dumbest comedies, with a capital "D". It's been fifteen years since Ben Stiller unleashed his creation of Derek Continue reading

DADDY’S HOME

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Sean Anders Stars: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Linda Cardellini, Thomas Haden Church, Hannibal Buress, Scarlett Estevez, Owen Vaccaro, Bobby Cannavale, John Cena. Comic actor Will Ferrell hit the heights with Anchorman, but lately he seems to be churning out a surprising number of shrill and unfunny dud comedies, what with the dire Get Hard featuring in a number of critics' lists of the worst films of the year. And now his latest effort is another dull and painfully unfunny dud. Ferrell plays the mild mannered and insecure Brad Continue reading

ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Terry Jones Stars: Simon Pegg, Kate Beckinsale, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Joanna Lumley, Eddie Izzard, Rob Riggle, Emma Pierson, voices of Robin Williams, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones. Outside of the first two films in Edgar Wright's so-called Cornetto Trilogy, Simon Pegg's film career has probably seen more misses than hits. He recently redeemed his reputation with roles in Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation and the romantic comedy Man Up, although the latter's success was due more to the superb chemistry he Continue reading