TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Michael Bay Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Hopkins, Laura Haddock, Josh Duhamel, Isabela Moner, Glenn Morshower, John Turturro, Tony Hale, Mitch Pileggi, Santiago Cabrera, Jim Galligan, Stanley Tucci, voices of Peter Cullen, Frank Welker, Erik Aadahl, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Ken Watanabe, Jim Carter, Omar Sy, Reno Wilson, John DiMaggio, Jess Harnell, Gemma Chan. Michael Bay makes more robot porn for 13-year-old boys. Transformers: The Last Knight is the fifth instalment in Michael Bay’s series of big budget special effects Continue reading

MIA MADRE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Nanni Moretti Stars: Margherita Buy, John Turturro, Giuliana Lazzarini, Beatrice Mancini, Stefano Abbati, Monica Samasia. Italian filmmaker Nanni Moretti (The Son's Room, etc) has often been compared to Woody Allen, although his films are a lot darker in tone and much more personal in nature. Mia Madre is a quiet, contemplative and introspective film that explores themes of mortality, loss, family, the death of a parent, emotional connections, the clash of cultures, and the disconnect between the personal and the professional. The Continue reading

EXODUS GODS AND KINGS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ridley Scott Stars: Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Aaron Paul, John Turturro, Sigourney Weaver, Ben Kinglsey, Ben Mendelsohn, Hiam Abbas, Indira Varma, Maria Valverde, Golshiftah Farahani. Here are a couple of new commandments for filmmakers - Thou shalt not remake a classic film, especially if you have nothing new or fresh to bring to the table. And thou shalt not make it in 3D. Following on from films like the Oscar winning Gladiator, Kingdom Of Heaven and his messy Robin Hood, prolific director Ridley Scott makes another huge Continue reading

CARS 2

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: John Lasseter Stars: voices of: Owen Wilson, Michael Caine, Eddie Izzard, Emily Mortimer, Larry the Cable Guy, John Turturro. For 25 years Pixar have been making superb animated films, beginning with short films and moving into features with Toy Story, The Incredibles, Finding Nemo, etc, which were all hugely successful. However, while the first Cars (2000) was popular at the box office, it remains one of the weaker films in the Pixar canon. And now we have the rather unnecessary sequel, which moves away from the quaint setting Continue reading

TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Michael Bay Stars: Shia La Beouf, Patrick Dempsey, John Malkovich, John Turturro, Josh Duhamel, Frances McDormand, Kevin Dunn, Julie White, Ken Jeong, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, voices of Leonard Nimoy, Petter Cullen, Hugo Weaving. This third film in the incredibly lucrative Transformers series is everything that you would expect from a Michael Bay film – a bombastic, overblown, noisy, empty spectacle full of superb special effects and massive destruction on a massive scale. Someone – maybe executive producer Steven Spielberg – Continue reading