A DOG’S PURPOSE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Lasse Hallstrom Stars: Dennis Quaid, Josh Gad, Peggy Lipton, Luke Kirby, John Ortiz, Bryce Gheisar, K J Apa, Britt Robertson, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Pooch Hall, Logan Miller.   What is a dog’s purpose? Is it to provide companionship, to help us overcome grief and loneliness, or is it to help us find fulfilment and purpose in our own lives? These questions will be answered in this heart-warming and slightly mawkish feel good family friendly film based on the 2010 bestseller by W Bruce Cameron, best known for his book 8 Continue reading

TRUTH

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: James Vanderbilt Stars: Cate Blanchett, Robert Redford, Dennis Quaid, Topher Grace, Elizabeth Moss, Stacy Keach, Bruce Greenwood, Noni Hazlehurst, Dermot Mulroney, John Benjamin Hickey, David Lyons, Andrew McFarlane, Connor Burke, Lewis Fitz-Gerald, Philip Quast, Steve Bastoni, Chris Mulkey, Martin Sacks, Nicholas Hope . All The President's Men stands as a touchstone procedural movie about investigative journalism. In that 1976 film, which was based on actual events, two dogged Washington Post journalists probed a burglary at the Continue reading

FOOTLOOSE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Craig Brewer Stars: Kenny Wormald, Miles Teller, Dennis Quaid, Julianne Hough, Andie MacDowell. This is one remake that actually is quite good. Dean Pritchford, who wrote the original Footloose in 1984, has tweaked his original script and made it contemporary and relevant for today’s audiences. Although Pritchford has beefed up some subplots, the story remains faithful to the original. The film retains its themes of small town morals, teen rebellion, grief, religion versus state. Cowriter/director Craig Brewer (Black Snake Continue reading

SOUL SURFER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Sean McNamara Stars: Annasophia Robb, Carrie Underwood, Helen Hunt, Dennis Quaid. From a young age, Bethany Hamilton (Annasophia Robb) had "salt water in her blood." Born into a family of surfers, the teenager was a surfing prodigy destined for greatness until a shark attack left her with only one arm. Based on Hamilton’s own memoir, Soul Surfer deals mainly with her determination to return to the water and compete in surfing trials. When she begins to have doubts, a journey to Thailand in the wake of the devastating tsunami Continue reading