SMALLFOOT

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Karey Kirkpatrick and Jason Reisig Stars: voices of Channing Tatum, Danny De Vito, James Corden, Common, Zendaya, Le Bron James, Elly Henry, Gina Rodriguez, Yara Shahidi, Patricia Heaton. This charming animated film is set high above the clouds in the Himalayan Mountains where there lies an idyllic village inhabited by Yeti (or the Abominable Snowman as it is also sometimes known). Migo (voiced by Channing Tatum, from Magic Mike, etc) is the son of the village bell ringer Dorgle (voiced by Danny De Vito, from The Lorax, etc) Continue reading

WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Glenn Ficarra and John Requa Stars: Tina Fey, Martin Freeman, Margot Robbie, Christopher Abbott, Billy Bob Thornton, Alfred Molina, Nicholas Braun, Stephen Peacocke, Josh Charles, Thomas Kretschman. Based on the 2011 book The Taliban Shuffle, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot looks at journalists in a war zone in Afghanistan. War is a serious matter, but there have been many comedies that have managed to wring laughs out of combat, especially black comedies like Catch 22, M*A*S*H, and even Good Morning Vietnam. Although not in the same league as Continue reading

FOCUS

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Glenn Ficarra and John Requa Stars: Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Gerald McRaney, Rodrigio Santoro, Adrian Martinez, B D Wong, Brennan Brown, Robert Taylor, Dotan Bonen, Domninic Fumusa. Will Smith desperately needs a hit to reverse his box office slump, especially in the wake of some recent misfires like the dire After Earth, which a fellow critic labelled After Birth. Focus is another of those heist caper crime films about a clever and charismatic con man, and it adheres closely to the familiar formula followed by films like Continue reading

CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Glenn Ficarra and John Requa Stars: Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Kevin Bacon, Marisa Tomei, Julianne Moore. Life is often messy, and Crazy, Stupid, Love reflects the darker side of life and the complex nature of relationships. Crazy, Stupid, Love was written by Dan Fogelman, who is better known for family friendly animated films like Cars and its sequel, Bolt, and the recent Tangled. The film is really heartfelt, and draws upon some painful and personal elements drawn from Fogelman’s own life. This smart and Continue reading

I LOVE YOU PHILLIP MORRIS

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Glenn Ficarra and John Requa Stars: Jim Carrey, Ewan McGregor, Rodrigo Santoro,. I Love You Phillip Morris is a black comedy loosely based on the true story of Steven Jay Russell, a flamboyant conman currently serving a prison sentence of 144 years. Russell (played by Jim Carrey) at various times acted as a doctor, lawyer, FBI agent, and even the CFO of a major corporation, embezzling millions of dollars along the way to fund his lavish lifestyle. He spent a lot of time in and out of prison and on the run from the Continue reading