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

DESPICABLE ME 3

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Kyle Balda, Eric Guillon, Pierre Coffin Stars: voices of Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Trey Parker, Miranda Cosgrove, Dana Gaier, Nev Scharrel, Jenny Slate, Steve Coogan, Pierre Coffin, Julie Andrews, Andy Nyman, Michael Beattie. With the successful Despicable Me franchise, Illumination Studios, the new kids on the block, have rivalled animation giants Pixar and Dreamworks who once set the bar. The success of the Despicable Me franchise is largely due to the scene stealing antics of the mischievous, diminutive and simple minded Continue reading

THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Chris Renaud, Yarrow Cheney Stars: voices of Louis C K, Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Ellie Kemper, Lake Bell, Tara Strong, Steve Coogan, Albert Brooks, Jenny Slate, Dana Carvey, Jim Cummings. We all love and pamper our beloved pets. But what do they secretly get up to when we are not home? That is the clever and intriguing premise behind this animated feature from director Chris Renaud, the guy behind the Despicable Me franchise and those lovable Minions. But in looking at what domestic pets get up to while their owners are away Continue reading

OBVIOUS CHILD

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Gillian Robespierre Stars: Jenny Slate, Jake Lacy, Gaby Hoffman, Richard Kind, Polly Draper, Paul Briganti, David Cross. This debut feature film from writer/director Gillian Robespierre is an extension of her 2009 short film of the same name, which dealt with a one night stand, an unplanned pregnancy and abortion. This low budget independent film offers a breakout role for little known actress Jenny Slate (from SNL, Parks And Recreation, etc) who plays Donna Stern, an insecure, irresponsible almost childlike 27 year old woman who has a Continue reading