GAME NIGHT

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein Stars: Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Kyle Chandler, Billy Magnussen, Sharon Horgan, Lomorne Morris, Kylie Bunbury, Jesse Plemons, Danny Huston, Michael C Hall, Jeffery Wright. This enjoyable mix of action and comedy from the team behind films like Horrible Bosses is like David Fincher’s The Game crossed with Date Night. A group of friends regularly meet every Saturday night for some old-fashioned fun, playing old school board games and charades. Continue reading

OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Josh Gordon and Will Speck Stars: Jason Bateman, T J Miller, Jennifer Aniston, Courtney B Vance, Rob Corddry, Kate McKinnon, Abbey Lee, Olivia Munn, Karan Soni, Jillian Bell, Randall Park, Vanessa Bayer, Matt Walsh, Ben Falcone, Adrian Martinez, Sam Richardson, Fortune Feimster. It seems that writers of mainstream comedies these days have forgotten how to create genuinely funny and witty comedies, and they tend to equate adults misbehaving with comedy. This penchant for raunchy and largely unfunny comedy material seems to have Continue reading

THE FAMILY FANG

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jason Bateman Stars: Jason Bateman, Nicole Kidman, Christopher Walken, Maryann Plunkett, Kathryn Hahn, Michael Chernus, Harris Yulin, Josh Pais, Jason Butler Harner, Mackenzie Brooke Smith, Linda Edmond, Jack McCarthy, Kyle Donnery, Taylor Rose. This was one of two films I saw at MIFF about unorthodox, dysfunctional and troubled families - the other was Captain Fantastic, which boasted an impressive performance from Viggo Mortensen. The Family Fang is a quirky comedy about an eccentric family. Based on the 2011 novel written by Continue reading

CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Danielle Nicolet, Amy Ryan, Aaron Paul, Jason Bateman, Ryan Hansen, Tim Griffin, John Smith, Thomas Kretschmann, Kumail Nanjiani, Melissa McCarthy. Yet another formulaic odd couple buddy action comedy, Central Intelligence teams action hero Dwayne Johnson (San Andreas, the Fast & Furious franchise, etc) with motor mouthed comic Kevin Hart (Ride Along, the dire Get Hard, etc), the most annoying and unfunny comic working in mainstream movies at the moment). It is an odd Continue reading

THE GIFT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Joel Edgerton Stars: Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall, Joel Edgerton, Allison Tollman, Tim Griffin, Beau Knapp, Wendell Pierce, Mirrah Foulkes, Nash Edgerton, David Denman. Joel Edgerton has proven himself a talented writer of dark thrillers full of tension and suspense, having written the scripts for the thriller The Square and more recently the morally ambiguous Felony. Now Edgerton makes an impressive directorial debut with the unsettling and increasingly creepy psychological thriller The Gift, which he also wrote. His script contains a Continue reading