VENOM

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ruben Fleischer Stars: Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Jenny Slate, Scott Haze, Reid Scott, Woody Harrelson, Peggy Lu. Yet another superhero movie, this one featuring a second-tier character from the Marvel stable. Or should that be a super-anti-hero, because Venom is not your usual superhero? We first met Venom in the Sam Raimi-helmed Spiderman 3, when he was played by Topher Grace. And despite its origins with Spiderman, Venom clearly sits outside the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film itself has been produced by Sony Continue reading

JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jake Kasdan Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Karen Gillan, Bobby Cannavale, Nick Jonas, Alex Wolff, Ser'Darius Blain, Madison Iseman, Morgan Turner, Colin Hanks. Not quite a remake of the Joe Johnston directed 1995 film that starred Robin Williams, but rather a lively reboot and an attempt to kickstart a potential new franchise. The original Jumanji was based on the illustrated book written in 1981 by Chris Van Allsburg, who also wrote The Polar Express and Zathura, which shared a few similar themes. In the 1995 Continue reading

THE DARK TOWER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Nikolaj Arcel Stars: Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Taylor, Jackie Earle Haley, Katheryn Winnick, Michael Berbieri, Jose Zuniga, Dannis Haysbert, Claudia Kim, Ben Gavin, Fran Kranz, Abbey Lee, Nicholas Pauling, Nicholas Hamilton. The titular dark tower is a tall edifice that supposedly stands at the centre of the universe, and, according to legend, if it should fall then chaos will reign. Roland (Idris Elba) is the last in a long line of gunslingers charged with protecting the tower from all sorts of threats. He has been Continue reading