TAG

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jeff Tomsic Stars: Ed Helms, Jeremy Renner, Jon Hamm, Jack Johsoon, Hannibal Buress, Isla Fisher, Annabelle Wallis, Leslie Bibb, Rashida Jones, Brian Dennehy, Nora Dunn, Steve Berg, Thomas Middleditch. “You never stop playing because you grow old, you grow old because you stop playing,” remarks one of the characters in this underwhelming action comedy. Tag delivers a positive message about the value of friendship and enjoying life. It is another of those films supposedly based on a true story that again proves that often truth Continue reading

THE HOUSE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Andrew Jay Cohen Stars: Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler, Jason Mantzoukas, Ryan Simpkins, Nick Kroll, Rob Heubel, Jeremy Renner, Cedric Yarbrough, Kyle Kinane, Lennon Parham, Michaela Watkins . One of the truisms of gambling says that the house always wins. However, with this supposed comedy about an ordinary family that set up an illegal underground casino in the leafy streets of suburbia, it is the audience who are the losers. Let’s face it – when was the last time Will Ferrell made a decent movie? Recent films like Get Hard, Continue reading

ARRIVAL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Denis Villeneuve Stars: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg, Mark O'Brien, Tzi Ma. For the most part science fiction movies tend to fall into different camps - there are the rollicking space adventures like Star Trek, Star Wars, Alien, and Independence Day, featuring intergalactic battles with alien creatures; the out and out futuristic action yarns like Total Recall, Blade Runner, etc; or more intelligent and cerebral offerings that try to deal with the concept of intelligent life in the universe, films Continue reading

KILL THE MESSENGER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Michael Cuesta Stars: Jeremy Renner, Rosemarie De Witt, Oliver Platt, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Andy Garcia, Richard Jenkins, Michael Sheen, Ray Liotta, Tim Blake Nelson, Robert Patrick, Barry Pepper. In the 1980s the Reagan administration waged a covert war on drugs. But it was a war that created some strange bedfellows. At the same time, the CIA was apparently helping drug dealers smuggle crack cocaine into the urban ghettoes of Los Angeles and other American cities, and using the funds to help prop up the Contra rebels fighting in Continue reading

THE IMMIGRANT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: James Gray Stars: Marion Cotillard, Joaquim Phoenix, Jeremy Renner, Dagmara Dominczyk, Antoni Corone, Robert Clohessy, Angela Sarafyan. Set in New York in 1921, this is a tale of heartache and heartbreak, and also looks at the hardscrabble existence and struggle to survive as part of the wave of new migrants arriving in America after the Great War, hoping to start a new life in the land of hope and opportunity. It explores issues of class, social status, crime, and the experience of newly arrived immigrants who were ripe for exploitation Continue reading