PITCH PERFECT 3

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Trish Sie Stars: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, John Lithgow, DJ Khaled, Hana Mae Lee, Ruby Rose, Alexis Knapp, Chrissie Fit, Ester Dean, Shelley Regner, Kelley Jakle, Matt Lanter, Guy Burnet, Alexis Knapp, Jessica Chaffin, Michael Rose, Andy Allo, Venzelia Joy, Moises Arias, Hannah Fairlight, Troy Ian Hall, John Michael Higgins, Elizabeth Banks. The Pitch Perfect series has followed the changing fortunes of a cappella group the Barden Bellas, but now they give us an unnecessary encore Continue reading

DADDY’S HOME 2

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Sean Anders Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Will Ferrell, Mel Gibson, John Lithgow, Linda Cardellini, Alexandra Ambrosio, John Cena, Owen Vaccaro, Scarlett Estevez, Didi Costine. Not only do Christmas movies tend to be narkier and mean spirited in recent times, but they also seem to be hitting cinemas earlier. Even though it is only November we have three Christmas themed films in our multiplexes. There is Bad Moms 2, the home invasion black comedy Better Watch Out, and now we get Daddy's Home 2, the underwhelming Continue reading

THE ACCOUNTANT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Gavin O'Connor Stars: Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J K Simmons, Jon Bernthal, John Lithgow, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Robert C Treveiler, Seth Lee, Jake Presley, Mary Kraft, Jason Davis, Jeffery Tambor, Jean Smart. The title may not sound like the basis for a very exciting film, but Christian Wolff, the title character, is not your average accountant; not only does he crunch numbers but he also crunches bodies. He's the kind of superhero that exists in the wet dreams of H & R Block employees. Wolff (played by Ben Affleck) is a Continue reading

THE HOMESMAN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Tommy Lee Jones Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Hilary Swank, Grace Gummer, Miranda Otto, Sonja Richter, John Lithgow, David Dencik, Jesse Plemons, William Fichtner, Tim Blake Nelson, James Spader, Meryl Streep, Jo Harvey Allen, Barry Corbin, Hailee Steinfeld. A solemn tale of redemption and second chances The Homesman is not your typical western. With its slow, languid pace, emotional depth and lack of action, this revisionist western subverts the genre tropes of your average John Wayne or Clint Eastwood shoot 'em' up into something a bit more Continue reading

LOVE IS STRANGE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ira Sachs Stars: John Lithgow, Alfred Molina, Marisa Tomei, Darren Burrows, Charlie Tahan, Cheyenne Jackson, Manny Perez, Eric Tabach. Love is indeed strange, elusive and even painful at times. New York filmmaker Ira Sachs often explores queer politics and gay themes, but this beautifully observed, poignant, bittersweet and touching comic drama is arguably his most accessible film yet. And it is certainly a nice change of pace from his more confronting and semi-autobiographical Keep The Lights On. Love Is Strange benefits enormously Continue reading