KUNG FU PANDA 3

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Jennifer Yuh, Alessandro Carloni Stars: voices of Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, J K Simmons, Bryan Cranston, Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu, Jackie Chan, David Cross, Seth Rogen, Kate Hudson, James Hong, Randall Duk Kim, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Wayne Knight, Steele Gagnon, Al Roker, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, Pax Jolie-Pitt, Knox Jolie-Pitt, Zahara Jolie Pitt. With a few notable exceptions, by the time most successful film franchises reach a third installment very few maintain the standard of the original. Most are beginning to show a lack of Continue reading

THE PROGRAM

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Stephen Frears Stars: Ben Foster, Chris O'Dowd, Jesse Plemons, Guillaume Canet, Lee Pace, Dustin Hoffman, Denis Menochet, Bryan Greenberg, Laura Donnelly, Elaine Cassidy, Edward Hogg. By now just about everybody is aware that Lance Armstrong's historic seven wins in the iconic and grueling Tour De France were tainted by drugs and the use of elaborate masking agents. Especially after his frank and revealing confession in an extended interview with Oprah Winfrey. And anyone who saw Alex Gibney's detailed and well researched 2013 Continue reading

BOYCHOIR

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Francois Girard Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Garrett Wareing, Kathy Bates, Kevin McHale, Eddie Izzard, Josh Lucas, Debra Winger, Joe West. Mr Hoffman's opus? This feelgood coming of age drama about the battle of wills between a troubled young boy and a music teacher is another variation on the familiar underdog story. It is more in the vein of Mr Holland's Opus than last year's Whiplash. It also has overtones of Dead Poet's Society about it as it explores some wonderful life lessons. Written by Ben Ripley, who is better known for his science Continue reading

BOYCHOIR – interview with Francois Girard

  by GREG KING "I like music better than words when it comes to communicating emotions and depicting emotional landscapes. Music is a very powerful language in the hands of any filmmaker," says Canadian filmmaker Francois Girard, who is best known for his 1998 drama The Red Violin. His latest film is Boychoir, a fabulous feel good drama about the battle of wills between a troubled young boy and a music teacher. Boychoir centres around Stet (newcomer Garrett Wareing), a troubled and angry 11 year old who is sent to the American Boychoir Academy, where the Continue reading

CHEF

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jon Favreau Stars: Jon Favreau, John Leguizamo, Emjay Anthony, Sofia Vergara, Dustin Hoffman, Oliver Platt, Bobby Cannavale, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey jr, Gary Collins. Food, glorious food! There have been lots of films like Julia And Julia, Eat Drink Man Woman, No Reservations, the romantic comedy Simply Irresistible, and 1996's Big Night that have mixed drama with fabulous, mouthwatering food and complicated family relationships, and Chef joins that short list. Chef is an unexpected cinematic treat. Jon Favreau leaves behind Continue reading