JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: J A Bayona Stars: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Justice Smith, Ted Levine, Rafe Spall, James Cromwell, Isabella Sermon, Geraldine Chaplin, Toby Jones, Daniella Pineda, B D Wong, Jeff Goldblum. Like so many other long running and successful film franchises before it, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the fifth film in the Jurassic Park franchise, delivers diminishing returns. And while the special effects and CGI technology that brought dinosaurs to life on the big screen has advanced markedly Continue reading

ISLE OF DOGS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Wes Anderson Stars: voices of Bryan Cranston, Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Bob Balaban, Liev Schreiber, Greta Gerwig, Frances McDormand, Jeff Goldblum, Harvey Keitel, Edward Norton, F Murray Abraham, Tilda Swinton, Yoko Ono, Koyu Rankin, Kunichi Nomura, Ken Watanabe. Isle of Dogs is the new stop-motion animated film from idiosyncratic director Wes Anderson, who previously ventured into this field with The Fantastic Mr Fox in 2009. The film features some great, visually edgy and very Continue reading

THOR: RAGNAROK

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Taika Waititi Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Cate Blanchett, Tom Hiddleston, Mark Ruffalo, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Idris Elba, Anthony Hopkins, Benedict Cumberbatch, Taika Waititi, Rachel House, Clancy Brown, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Sam Neill, Luke Hemsworth, Matt Damon, Shari Sebbens. The 17th feature in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the third film in the Thor series is lighter in tone and lots of fun. For those who have grown a little tired on the usual formula and destructive set pieces of Marvel this will be Continue reading

MORTDECAI

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: David Koepp Stars: Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow, Paul Bettany, Ewan McGregor, Olivia Munn, Jonny Pasvolsky, Jeff Goldblum, Michael Culkin, Ulrich Thomsen, Guy Burnet, Paul Whitehouse. Based on a 1973 novel Don't Point That Thing At Me, written by the late Kyril Bonfiglioli, the underwhelming Mortdecai is a flat and laboured comedy caper film that produces yet another dud for Johnny Depp. Once a respected character actor who brought to life some eccentric and troubled characters, in recent years Depp seems to have become a Continue reading

THE LIFE AQUATIC WITH STEVE ZISSOU

Reviewed by Greg King Director: Wes Anderson Stars: Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Cate Blanchett, Willem Dafoe, Anjelica Huston, Noah Taylor, Jeff Goldblum, Michael Gambon, Bud Cort, Seu Jorge, Seymour Cassell. The droll wit and eccentric style of Wes Anderson have become something of an acquired taste through his three previous films (Bottle Rocket, Rushmore and The Royal Tannenbaums). But even fans of Anderson's idiosyncratic style may find his latest and most ambitious film to date something of a disappointment. The Life Aquatic, which tells the story of a Continue reading