DOWNSIZING

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Alexander Payne Stars: Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig, Christoph Waltz, Udo Kier, Hong Chau, Rolf Lassgard, Ingjerd Egeberg, Jason Sudeikis, Neil Patrick Harris, Laura Dern, Margot Martindale, James Van Der Beek, Maribeth Monroe, Mary Kay Place, Joaquim de Almeida. It’s a small world after all? In the not too distant future, Norwegian scientist Dr Jorgen Asbjonsen (Rolf Lassgard) has come up with a radical solution for a world concerned with overpopulation and rapidly diminishing resources. He and his colleagues have figured out a Continue reading

COLOSSAL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Nacho Vigalondo Stars: Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis, Tim Blake Nelson, Dan Stevens, Austin Stowell. Colossal is one bizarre film, and this low budget effort serves us a weird mash-up of sci-fi, Korean kaiju style monster movie, romantic comedy and domestic drama. Gloria (played by Anne Hathaway) is an insecure and self-destructive alcoholic on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Following her breakup with her increasingly frustrated career-obsessed boyfriend Tim (Dan Stevens) she moves away from New York and returns to her small Continue reading

MASTERMINDS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jared Hess Stars: Zach Galifianakis, Kristen Wiig, Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Devin Ratray, Mary Elizabeth Ellis. The daring heist and the subsequent falling out amongst double crossing thieves has always been a key feature of crime capers from the 1949 noir drama Criss Cross through to the iconic 1969 caper The Italian Job, and William Friedkin's comic take on a true life crime with 1978's The Brinks Job. And now we get Masterminds, which is based on the true life robbery from a Loomis Fargo armoured Continue reading

MOTHER’S DAY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Garry Marshall Stars: Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, Julia Roberts, Timothy Olyphant, Jason Sudeikis, Britt Robertson, Jack Whitehall, Hector Elizondo, Shay Mitchell, Cameron Esposito, Margo Martindale, Asif Mandvi, Robert Pine, Sarah Chalke, Ella Anderson, Loni Love, Lucy Walsh, Jennifer Garner, Larry Miller, Sean O'Bryan, Brandon Spink, Caleb Brown, Jon Lovitz, Grayson Russell. Mother's Day is the third film in director Garry Marshall's unofficial trilogy based around Hallmark-like "special events" holidays, and it follows the bland Continue reading

SLEEPING WITH OTHER PEOPLE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Leslye Headland Stars: Jason Sudeikis, Alison Brie, Jason Mantzoukas, Adam Scott, Natasha Lyonne, Amada Peet, Adam Brody, Katherine Waterston, Andrea Savage. Judd Apatow has popularised the raunchy, sex-obsessed romantic comedy with his films like Knocked Up, The 40 Year Old Virgin, etc, and since then it seems as though every second romantic comedy needs to follow that template. This raunchy romantic comedy about a couple who try to establish a purely platonic relationship is a bit like the classic 1980s romcom When Harry Met Sally for Continue reading