BRIGHTBURN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: David Yarovesky Stars: Elizabeth Banks, David Denman, Jackson A Dunn, Matt Jones, Emma Hunter, Becky Wahlstrom, Meredith Hagner, Gregory Allen Williams. A mix of superhero movie, sci-fi and horror, Brightburn cleverly inverts the Superman myth. The film takes the familiar elements of the Superman story and inverts them, giving the material a more cynical and darker edge. Make no mistake this is fairly bleak stuff at times, with a downbeat ending. A spacecraft crashes to earth, landing near the farm of Tori (Elizabeth Banks, Continue reading

THE HAPPYTIME MURDERS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Brian Henson Stars: Melissa McCarthy, Maya Rudolph, Elizabeth Banks, Joel McHale, Leslie David Baker, Cynthy Wu, Ben Falcone, voices of Bill Barretta, Dorien Davis. It probably seemed like a good idea at the time to produce a low brow, raunchy, ribald adults-only Muppets rip-off. Somewhat surprisingly the dull and largely unfunny The Happytime Murders actually comes from Brian Henson, the son of the late Jim Henson, the creator of the more family friendly Muppets and Sesame Street. This is the first film from the Henson Company’s Continue reading

PITCH PERFECT 3

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Trish Sie Stars: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, John Lithgow, DJ Khaled, Hana Mae Lee, Ruby Rose, Alexis Knapp, Chrissie Fit, Ester Dean, Shelley Regner, Kelley Jakle, Matt Lanter, Guy Burnet, Alexis Knapp, Jessica Chaffin, Michael Rose, Andy Allo, Venzelia Joy, Moises Arias, Hannah Fairlight, Troy Ian Hall, John Michael Higgins, Elizabeth Banks. The Pitch Perfect series has followed the changing fortunes of a cappella group the Barden Bellas, but now they give us an unnecessary encore Continue reading

POWER RANGERS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Dean Israelite Stars: Dacre Montgomery, Elizabeth Banks, RJ Cyler, Naomi Scott, Ludi Lin, Becky G, Bryan Cranston, Bill Hader. A series about a group of teenagers given super powers by an alien, The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers were popular on tv in the 90s. Created by Haim Saban, the show adapted some stock footage from a Japanese series as well as creating new adventures. There was also a feature length movie produced in 1995, and several spin offs, and a range of toy action figures, comic books and video games. Costing some Continue reading

MAGIC MIKE XXL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Gregory Jacobs Stars: Channing Tatum, Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer, Kevin Nash, Adam Rodriguez, Gabriel Iglesias, Jada Pinkett Smith, Amber Heard, Andie MacDowell, Elizabeth Banks. Steven Soderbergh's 2012 film Magic Mike, about a group of male strippers, had a gritty and darker edge as it was also something of a cautionary tale about the downside of chasing fame and fortune and it also dealt with the impact of the economic crisis. Because it became an unexpected hit at the box office we now get this largely unnecessary and Continue reading