FIST FIGHT

By GREG KING Director: Richie Keen Stars: Charlie Day, Ice Cube, Dean Norris, Jillian Bell, Christina Hendricks, Tracy Morgan, Alexa Nisenson, Dennis Haysbert, Kumail Nanjiani, JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Austin Zajur, Bill Kottcamp, Gordon Daniels. There have been many great films that have depicted teachers as caring individuals who have moulded young minds and shaped their charges for the better – from To Sir With Love through to Lean On Me, Dangerous Minds, Dead Poet’s Society, etc – and there have also been a few that have depicted the jaded and cynical teacher Continue reading

XXX: THE RETURN OF XANDER CAGE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: D J Caruso Stars: Vin Diesel, Toni Collette, Donnie Yen, Tony Jaa, Ruby Rose, Deepika Padukone, Rory McCann, Kris Wu, Nina Dobrev, Hermione Corfield, Tony Gonzalez, Michael Bisping, Al Sapienza, Samuel L Jackson, Ice Cube. Hoping to kick start another franchise to match his Fast & Furious series, Vin Diesel returns to the role of Xander Cage, a heavily tattooed daredevil extreme sports athlete turned elite secret agent for a covert program run by NSA operative Augustus Gibbons (Samuel L Jackson), fifteen years after he first Continue reading

RIDE ALONG 2

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Tim Story Stars: Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, Olivia Munn, Benjamin Bratt, Tika Sumpter, Ken Jeong, Sherri Shepherd, Bruce McGill, Michael Rose, Carlos Gomez, Eric Goins, Glenn Powell, Arturo del Puerto. The original Ride Along was another formulaic variation on the odd couple buddy cop genre that has included such superior examples as the Lethal Weapon series, 48 Hours and even the Rush Hour series. The film derived much of its pleasures from the combustible chemistry between the gruff and intense Ice Cube's veteran detective and the manic, Continue reading

STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: F Gary Gray Stars: O'Shea Jackson jr, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Aldis Hodge, Neil Brown jr, Paul Giamatti, R Marcos Taylor, Tate Ellington, Cleavon McClendon, Corey Reynolds, Keith Powers, Lisa Renee Pitts, Alexandra Shipp, Marlon Yates jr, Carra Patterson. Rap music is not to my taste, and many people find the misogynistic ideas, homophobia and anti-authoritarian messages of the often angry lyrics offensive. Much of the so-called gangsta rap music was born out of a frustration felt by younger black youths who were harassed by the Continue reading

THE BOOK OF LIFE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jorge R Gutierrez Stars: voices of Diego Luna, Zoe Saldana, Channing Tatum, Kate Del Castillo, Ron Perlman, Christina Applegate, Danny Trejo, Hector Elizondo, Ice Cube, Placido Domingo. "What is it with Mexicans and death?" This is the sophomore animated film from Texas based animation studio Reel FX, who previously gave us Free Birds, about a couple of turkeys who travel back in time to change the Thanksgiving tradition. The Book Of Life centres around the Mexican tradition of the Day of the Dead, and is steeped in Mexican lore and Continue reading