OCEAN’S EIGHT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Gary Ross Stars: Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Sarah Paulson, Helena Bonham-Carter, Rihanna, Awkwafina, Minday Kaling, James Corden, Richard Armitage, Elliott Gould, Griffin Dunne, Dakota Fanning, Richard Robichaux, Marlo Thomas, Dana Ivey, Elizabeth Ashley. Last year we had the all-female remake/reboot of the 80s cult comedy Ghostbusters, which opened to lacklustre reviews and box office returns. And now we get this all-female reboot of the comic crime caper Ocean’s Eleven. Continue reading

PETER RABBIT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Will Gluck Stars: Domhnall Gleeson, Rose Byrne, Sam Neill, Marianne-Jean Baptiste, voices of James Corden, Margot Robbie, Elizabeth Debicki, Daisy Ridley, Ewen Leslie, Sia, Colin Moody, Fayssal Bazzi. Beatrix Potter’s iconic and beloved creation comes to the big screen in this fast-paced family friendly film that deftly mixes live action with CGI animation. The eponymous Peter Rabbit (voiced by James Corden, from One Man, Two Guvnors, etc) is a rascally, recently orphaned character who loves Continue reading

TROLLS

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Walt Dohrn, Mike Mitchell Stars: voices of Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Zooey Deschanel, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jeffrey Tambor, John Cleese, Russell Brand, James Corden, Gwen Stefani, Quvenzhane Wallis. In Norse mythology trolls were ugly, slow witted, fearsome flesh eating giants, as seen in Andre Ovredal's 2010 horror fantasy Troll Hunter. In modern cyberspeak a troll is an indivudual who prowls the internet posting nasty and inflammatory remarks on community noticeboards to sow discord. In this cute and colourful Continue reading

THE LADY IN THE VAN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Nicholas Hytner Stars: Maggie Smith, Alex Jennings, Roger Allam, Jim Broadbent, Dominic Cooper, James Corden, Frances de la Tour, Sam Spruell, Claire Foy, Cecilia Noble. Based on the stage play written by Alan Bennett, one of most successful contemporary playwrights in England with credits including The History Boys, The Madness Of King George, etc, this is "mostly a true story" that mixes fact and fiction in an entertaining mix. The play was inspired by Bennett's encounter with Mary Shepherd (dual Oscar winner Maggie Smith), the Continue reading

INTO THE WOODS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Rob Marshall Stars: Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Johnny Depp, Billy Magnusson, Lilla Crawford, Daniel Huddlestone, MacKenzie Mauzy, Christine Baranski, Tracey Ullman, Frances de la Tour. It's taken nearly 27 years for Hollywood to bring Into The Woods to the screen, but ultimately this film adaptation may prove something of a disappointment to audiences who enjoyed the stage production. Into The Woods is an adaptation of the 1987 Tony award-winning original hit Broadway musical written by Continue reading