BEAUTIFUL BOY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Felix van Groeningen Stars: Steve Carell, Timothee Chalamet, Maura Tierney, Amy Ryan, Kue Lawrence, Jack Dylan Grazer. Sharing the same title as a John Lennon song (which Richard Dreyfuss sang to his hearing impaired son in Mr Holland’s Opus), this is a downbeat and grim, but ultimately inspiring cautionary tale of drug addiction, rehabilitation, relapse, and the huge emotional toll that addiction takes on the family of the victims. We’ve seen a number of films dealing with drug addiction, including Otto Preminger’s 1956 drama The Continue reading

IT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Andy Muschietti Stars: Bill Skarsgard, Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard, Sophia Lillis, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Jack Dylan Grazer, Chosen Jacobs, Wyatt Oleff, Nicholas Hamilton, Stuart Hughes, Owen Teague, Jackson Robert Scott, Molly Atkinson, Stephen Bogaert.   Based on the 1986 novel written by the prolific Stephen King, It is essentially a quintessential coming of age story in which the usual tropes of the genre are mixed with strong elements of the classic horror movie. The novel had two distinct parts, the first part Continue reading