LOVE, SIMON

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Greg Berlanti Stars: Nick Robinson, Katherine Langford, Jorge Lendeborg jr, Alexandra Shipp, Logan Miller, Jennifer Garner, Josh Duhamel, Keiynan Lonsdale, Miles Heizer, Joey Pollari, Tony Hale, Natasha Rothwell, Talitha Eliana Bateman, Clark Moore. I liked Simon a lot, but I didn’t love Simon! This enjoyable queer teen love story deals with themes of sexual orientation, coming out, friendship, bullying, family, peer pressure, which gives it a universal appeal. It is also refreshing to see a Continue reading

BEFORE I FALL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ry Russo-Young Stars: Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage, Cynthy Wu, Medalion Rahimini, Elena Kampouris, Logan Miller, Rian Lawley, Jennifer Beals, Diego Boneta. Despite her privileged background, Samantha Kingston (played by Zoey Deutch, recently seen in Why Him?) is your typical rebellious teenager with a lack of respect for her parents and authority. She is part of a clique of mean girl bitches at the local high school, led by the self-absorbed narcissistic bully Lindsay (Halston Sage). The rest of this quartet is rounded out by Ally Continue reading

THE DUFF

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ari Sandel Stars: Mae Whitman, Robbie Amell, Bella Thorne, Allison Janney, Ken Jeong, Skyler Samuels, Bianca Santos, Nick Eversman, Romany Malco, Chris Wylde. The dynamics of high school years are fertile material for filmmakers who can explore this psychological minefield of cliques, bullying, pecking orders, identity, and entrenched attitudes. It is a setting that has given us some great films, with John Hughes' classic The Breakfast Club, Heathers, Mean Girls, Juno and Easy A amongst the standouts in this subgenre. And now we get The Continue reading

WASTED ON THE YOUNG

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ben E Lucas Stars: Alex Russell, Oliver Ackland, Adelaide Clemens, T J Power. "Youth is wasted on the young," said George Bernard Shaw with customary wit and insight. His quote seems to be borne out by this blistering, scathing portrait of the vapid Generation Y from young local filmmaker Ben E Lucas. Wasted On The Young highlights that sense of isolation, disillusionment and detachment felt by many of today’s adolescents. This film speaks to an overly indulged and technology-obsessed generation, who are heavily reliant on Continue reading

O

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Tim Blake Nelson Stars: Josh Hartnett, Julia Stiles, Mekhi Phifer Othello goes to high school? Shakespeare's play about an inter racial love affair, and the treacherous friend whose scheming and all consuming jealousy eventually leads to a tragedy that destroys all their lives has been updated and relocated to the contemporary setting of an American high school. There have been many attempts to update Shakespeare for modern film audiences (Ian McKellan's bold Richard III, Baz Luhrmann's Romeo And Juliet among them), but Continue reading