ISLE OF DOGS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Wes Anderson Stars: voices of Bryan Cranston, Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Bob Balaban, Liev Schreiber, Greta Gerwig, Frances McDormand, Jeff Goldblum, Harvey Keitel, Edward Norton, F Murray Abraham, Tilda Swinton, Yoko Ono, Koyu Rankin, Kunichi Nomura, Ken Watanabe. Isle of Dogs is the new stop-motion animated film from idiosyncratic director Wes Anderson, who previously ventured into this field with The Fantastic Mr Fox in 2009. The film features some great, visually edgy and very Continue reading

COLLATERAL BEAUTY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: David Frankel Stars: Will Smith, Edward Norton, Kate Winslet, Michael Pena, Helen Mirren, Kiera Knightley, Jacob Lattimore, Naomie Harris, Ann Dowd, Kylie Rogers. "There is collateral beauty in everything." Ironically though there is little beauty to be found in this maudlin and flawed drama about grief and a man damaged by his sense of loss. There have been a lot of films dealing with death and the grieving process that explore how different people respond to loss. Despite a stellar cast of A-listers and the pedigree of director Continue reading

SAUSAGE PARTY

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Greg Tiernan, Conrad Vernon Stars: voices of: Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Salma Hayek, Michael Cera, Danny McBride, Edward Norton, Paul Rudd, Craig Robinson, Nick Kroll, David Krumholtz, James Franco, Anders Holm, Jonah Hill. The secret life of food? This animated film is the antithesis of more family friendly fare such as usual offerings from the Disney/Pixar canon like Toy Story, etc. This is decidedly adults only entertainment pushes envelope and the limits of taste, with plenty of foul language and sexual innuendo that would Continue reading

AMERICAN HISTORY X

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Tony Kaye Stars: Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Beverly D'Angelo, Fairuza Balk, Avery Brooks, Elliott Gould, Stacy Keach. Written by David McKenna, American History X explores the origins of hatred and bigotry, and shows how those attitudes can be passed from one generation to the next. The film shows how frustrated, insecure and impressionable youth are seduced by poisonous ideologies. This is an environment in which violence begets violence, and history repeats itself with tragic consequences. Derek Vinyard (Edward Norton) is a Continue reading