ROBIN HOOD

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Otto Bathurst Stars: Taron Egerton, Jamie Foxx, Ben Mendelsohn, Eve Hewson, Jamie Dornan, Paul Anderson, Tim Minchin, F Murray Abraham, Ian Peck, Cornelius Booth. The legend of Robin Hood, the roguish outlaw with a strong sense of justice who robbed from the rich and gave to the poor, takes a bit of a battering in this largely unnecessary and messy cinematic outing. There have been many versions of the colourful, iconic character, with Errol Flynn probably best capturing his swashbuckling nature and heroic swagger. Then there was the Continue reading

BABY DRIVER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Edgar Wright Stars: Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm, Lily James, Eiza Gonzalez, Jon Bernthal, Flea, Lanny Joon, C J Jones.   British director Edgar Wright (Shaun Of The Dead, etc) was raised on a diet of Hollywood genre films, but his quirky sensibility and sense of humour subverts the usual tropes of the genre. His Hot Fuzz was a loving homage to those American crime films he loved watching. A decade on he returns to the crime genre with Baby Driver, an immensely entertaining and fast paced heist Continue reading

ANNIE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Will Gluck Stars: Jamie Foxx, Rose Byrne, Quvenzhane Wallis, Cameron Diaz, Bobby Cannavale, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, David Zayas, Zoe Margaret Colleti, Nicolette Pierini, Eden Duncan Smith, Amanda Troya, Dorian Missick, Tracie Thomas, Mike Birbiglia, Stephanie Kurtzuba. This new version of the feelgood hit play about the little orphan girl Annie searching for the parents who abandoned her is serviceable enough but probably unnecessary. The character was originally created for a comic strip by Harold Gray, but in the 70s Thomas Continue reading

HORRIBLE BOSSES 2

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Sean Anders Stars: Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day, Christoph Waltz, Chris Pine, Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, Jonathan Banks, Lindsay Sloane, Keegan-Michael Key. The original Horrible Bosses was an okay comedy about three hapless and downtrodden workers who conspired to kill off their mean spirited and loathsome bosses, but found that their plans went awry. However, it didn't really need a sequel. Nonetheless, given its success at the box office, it has got one. Thankfully though, unlike a lot of other Continue reading

RIO 2

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Carlos Saldanha Stars voices of: Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, Andy Garcia, Leslie Mann, Miguel Ferrer, Jemaine Clement, Kristin Chenowith, Jake T Austin, Jamie Foxx, Pierce Gagnon, George Lopez, Bruno Mars, will.i.am, Sergio Mendes, Natalie Morales, Rita Moreno, Tracy Morgan, Rodrigo Santoro, Jim Conroy. This year there have been a number of sequels, but while most of them have been fairly lazy and uninspired, a couple have been as good as if not better then the original. Which is why it is a little disappointing to report that this Continue reading