THE DESCENDANTS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Alexander Payne Stars: George Clooney, Matthew Lilliard, Shailene Woodley, Amara Miller, Robert Forster, Neal Krause, Beau Bridges. The Descendants is the new film from Alexander Payne (Sideways, About Schmidt, etc), and it is a subtle, understated and painfully raw character-driven comedy/drama that deals with themes of mortality and family. Payne is an insightful and intelligent filmmaker whose previous films have explored the human condition, and dealt with men adrift, looking for their bearings and hoping to make a connection Continue reading

JUST GO WITH IT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Dennis Dugan Stars: Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston, Brooklyn Decker, Bailee Madison, Nicole Kidman, Nick Swardson, Griffin Gluck. Just Go With It is actually a remake of the wonderful Cactus Flower (1969), which starred Walter Matthau, Ingrid Bergman and Goldie Hawn in her Oscar winning role. Cactus Flower itself was a remake of a brisk French farce, but much of the freshness and acerbic humour has been lost in this retread co-written by Allan Loeb (The Dilemma, etc) and former actor turned writer Timothy Dowling (Role Models, Continue reading