GIRLS TRIP

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Malcolm D Lee Stars: Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Tiffany Haddish, Mike Colter, Larenz Tate, Kate Walsh, Kofi Siriboe, Lara Grice, Deborah  Ayorinde. Bridesmaids pretty much set the standard for the R-rated raunchy girls misbehaving comedy, and we have seen a lot of these female centric versions of The Hangover. But subsequent films in this subgenre, like the recent Rough Night, Bad Sisters and even Sex And The City 2, have continually lowered the bar. And now we get to Girls Trip, an Continue reading

MAGIC MIKE XXL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Gregory Jacobs Stars: Channing Tatum, Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer, Kevin Nash, Adam Rodriguez, Gabriel Iglesias, Jada Pinkett Smith, Amber Heard, Andie MacDowell, Elizabeth Banks. Steven Soderbergh's 2012 film Magic Mike, about a group of male strippers, had a gritty and darker edge as it was also something of a cautionary tale about the downside of chasing fame and fortune and it also dealt with the impact of the economic crisis. Because it became an unexpected hit at the box office we now get this largely unnecessary and Continue reading

ALI

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Michael Mann Stars: Will Smith, Mario Van Peebles, Jon Voight, Jamie Foxx, Ron Silver, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Albert Hall, Mykelti Williamson, Jeffrey Wright. Some twenty years ago I saw Tom Gries' biopic on Muhammad Ali, appropriately titled The Greatest, which starred the great man playing himself. Although a sanitised version of Ali's life given the circumstances of its production, The Greatest offered far more insight into the man widely acknowledged as the greatest boxer of all time, than this disappointing film from director Continue reading