ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: THE ROAD CHIP

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Walt Becker Stars: voices of Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler, Jesse McCartney, Kaley Cuoco, Anna Faris, Christina Applegate, with Jason Lee, Tony Hale, Josh Green, Kimberley Williams-Paisley, Jennifer Coolidge, Bella Thorne. Somewhat cleverly and punningly subtitled The Road Chip, this fourth instalment in clever mix of live action and CGI featuring the pneumatic voiced singing chipmunks Alvin and his brothers, is actually something of an improvement on the previous effort Chipwrecked. As usual the trio of CGI created singing chipmunks Continue reading

THE GOOD DINOSAUR

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Peter Sohn Stars: voices of Jeffery Wright, Frances McDormand, Sam Elliott, Steve Zahn, Raymond Ochoa, Jack Bright, Peter Sohn, Maleah Nipay-Padilla, Anna Paquin, John Ratzenberger. Pixar animation films have always been characterised by the quality of the sophisticated writing and the emotional substance to their stories (Toy Story 2, Up, Wall.E, etc), although lately the quality has dropped with formulaic films like Planes, Brave, Cars 2, etc. The 16th film from Pixar studios is The Good Dinosaur, which is an enjoyable enough yarn but Continue reading

ODDBALL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Stuart McDonald Stars: Shane Jacobson, Sarah Snook, Alan Tudyk, Coco Jack Gillies, Deborah Mailman, Frank Woodley, Terry Camilleri, Richard Davies, Dave Lawson, Tegan Higginbotham. As local films like Storm Boy, Babe, Happy Feet and Red Dog have shown, the formula for making a successful family friendly film seems pretty simple. All you need is a cute, mischievous animal - preferably a dog - after all, dogs have been the main character in some great films over the years, from the classic tearjerkers Greyfriar's Bobby and Lassie Come Home Continue reading

ODDBALL – Shane Jacobson interview

by GREG KING Based on a true story, Oddball is a great new family friendly Australian film about a dog that protects a colony of penguins on a small island off Warnambool, along the Victorian coast line. It stars Shane Jacobson as affable chicken farmer "Swampy" Marsh, newcomer Coco Jack Gillies, Sarah Snook and Alan Tudyk. Greg spoke to Shane Jacobson about his role in the film. http://www.mediafire.com/listen/dr9i3635nt8u7lv/200829_001.MP3 Continue reading

ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD VERY BAD DAY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Miguel Arteta Stars: Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Ed Oxenbould, Dylan Minnette, Kerris Dowsey, Jennifer Coolidge, Megan, Bella Thorne, Sidney Fullmer, Mekai Curtis, Megan Mullally, Lincoln Melcher, Dick Van Dyke. In the same vein as the Diary Of A Wimpy Kid series, comes this family friendly film from Disney, which is based on a popular children's book, written by Judith Viorst in 1972. It has taken nearly four decades to bring the picture book to the screen, but first time script writer Rob Lieber has done a good job of updating the Continue reading