THE LION KING

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jon Favreau Stars: voices of Donald Glover, Beyonce, Chiwetel Ejiofor, James Earl Jones, Seth Rogen, Billy Eichner, John Oliver, Alfre Woodard, John Kani,, JD McCrary, Keegan-Michael Key, Eric Andre, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Amy Sedaris. For many the thought of a frame by frame live action remake of Disney’s classic 1994 animated tale The Lion King would be unnecessary. However, short of actually filming live animals in the wild, the result of this hybrid mix of virtual reality locations and state of the art photorealistic CGI Continue reading

SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ron Howard Stars: Alden Ehrenreich, Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton, Donald Glover, Paul Bettany, Joonas Suotamo, Linda Hunt, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Jon Favreau, Erin Kellyman, Ray Park. This stand-alone Star Wars film gives us the backstory of the roguish Han Solo, how he met Chewbacca and got his hands on the iconic Millennium Falcon. Solo has been written by Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back, Return Of The Jedi, etc) and his son Jonathan. Kasdan knows his Star Wars lore, and Solo is filled with sly Continue reading

CHEF

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jon Favreau Stars: Jon Favreau, John Leguizamo, Emjay Anthony, Sofia Vergara, Dustin Hoffman, Oliver Platt, Bobby Cannavale, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey jr, Gary Collins. Food, glorious food! There have been lots of films like Julia And Julia, Eat Drink Man Woman, No Reservations, the romantic comedy Simply Irresistible, and 1996's Big Night that have mixed drama with fabulous, mouthwatering food and complicated family relationships, and Chef joins that short list. Chef is an unexpected cinematic treat. Jon Favreau leaves behind Continue reading

ZOOKEEPER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Frank Coraci Stars: Kevin James, Leslie Bibb, Joe Rogan, Rosario Dawson, voices of Cher, Sylvester Stallone, Jon Favreau, Faizon Love, Maya Rudolph, Adam Sandler, Nick Nolte, Don Rickles. Kevin James is one of the least funny men in movies, and has graced some of the lamest comedies of the past decade (I Now Pronounce You Chuck And Larry, etc). But thanks to friends like Adam Sandler he keeps getting work. But his latest effort is easily his least impressive film to date. Zookeeper is a shrill, dull, and laugh free romantic Continue reading

COWBOYS & ALIENS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jon Favreau Stars: Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Paul Dano, Keith Carradine, Olivia Wilde, Sam Rockwell, Noah Ringer. As a genre the traditional western is virtually moribund, but Hollywood keeps churning out some interesting variations on the theme that temporarily breathe life into the form. The latest is Cowboys & Aliens, and the title basically says all you need to know. Imagine the likes of iconic hero John Wayne taking on aliens, and you’ll get the drift! It’s The Searchers meets Independence Day as the film combines Continue reading