THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: F Gary Gray Stars: Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Charlize Theron, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Kurt Russell, Tyrese Gibson, Chris Ludacris Bridges, Scott Eastwood, Helen Mirren, Luke Evans, Patrick St Esprit, Elsa Pataky, Janmario Santiago, Kristofer Hivju, Peter Hansen. The Fate Of The Furious is the eighth instalment in the successful franchise that has boasted some wildly over the top car action and outrageous stunts that defy the laws of gravity. But with each successive entry since Tokyo Drift, the third film in the Continue reading

MECHANIC: RESURRECTION

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Dennis Gansel Stars: Jason Statham, Jessica Alba, Sam Hazeldine, Tommy Lee Jones, Toby Eddington, Michelle Yeoh, Femi Elufowuju jr. 2016 may well go down as the year of the insipid remake and the unnecessary and pointless sequel that no-one particularly wanted or needed. And now we have another one, with this underwhelming sequel to Jason Statham's fairly forgettable 2011 remake of the 1972 action thriller starring Charles Bronson as a hitman who specialised in making his kills look like accidents. Statham (from the Transporter Continue reading

SPY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Paul Feig Stars: Melissa McCarthy, Rose Byrne, Jason Statham, Jude Law, Allison Janney, Miranda Hart,Peter Serafinowicz, Bobby Cannavale. The normally overbearing and rough around the edges comedian Melissa McCarthy is bearable in smaller support roles, such as Bridesmaids and the recent St Vincent, which is arguably her best work. When front and centre as the star of comedies though her vehicles are often crude and unfunny, like Tammy or Identity Thief, and her moutor-mouthed shtick eventually becomes tiresome and grating. So it is Continue reading

THE MECHANIC

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Simon West Stars: Jason Statham, Donald Sutherland, Ben Foster, Tony Goldwyn. Anyone planning to see this rather unnecessary remake of the old Michael Winner/Charles Bronson flick from 1972 should do themselves a favour and skip it altogether. Go and hire the original instead! Not that The Mechanic was a great movie in itself, but it seems like a masterpiece compared to this noisy, fast and furious, gratuitously violent, and ultimately pointless remake. The original The Mechanic was, arguably, one of the better collaborations Continue reading

GNOMEO AND JULIET

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Kelly Asbury Stars: voices of James McAvoy, Emily Blunt,Jim Cummings, Ashley Jensen, Dolly Parton, Ozzy Osbourne, Hulk Hogan, Michael Caine, Maggie Smith, Jason Statham, Patrick Stewart. Shakespeare’s classic tragedy of star-crossed lovers from feuding families is retold with garden gnomes. This cute but offbeat idea could easily have been a tacky misfire of epic proportions, but instead this animated film from Disney offers a surprisingly clever and thoroughly entertaining retelling of the classic tale. There have been many Continue reading