BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Drew Goddard Stars: Jeff Bridges, Jon Hamm, Chris Hemsworth, Cynthia Erivo, Dakota Johnson, Lewis Pullman, Cailee Spaeny, Nick Offerman, Shea Whigham, Xavier Dolan. The El Royale hotel straddles the border between California and Nevada, and guests can have a choice of staying in the California suites, which offer warmth or the Nevada rooms which seem to offer a bridge between the past and a brand-new future. It is 1969, the tail end of darker and turbulent period of American history with Richard Nixon in the White House. J Edgar Continue reading

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

BABY DRIVER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Edgar Wright Stars: Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm, Lily James, Eiza Gonzalez, Jon Bernthal, Flea, Lanny Joon, C J Jones.   British director Edgar Wright (Shaun Of The Dead, etc) was raised on a diet of Hollywood genre films, but his quirky sensibility and sense of humour subverts the usual tropes of the genre. His Hot Fuzz was a loving homage to those American crime films he loved watching. A decade on he returns to the crime genre with Baby Driver, an immensely entertaining and fast paced heist Continue reading

KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Greg Mottola Stars: Zach Galiafanakis, Isla Fisher, Jon Hamm, Gal Gadot, Patton Oswalt, Matt Walsh, Maribeth Monroe, Kevin Dunn, Michael Liu. Not to be confused with the 2009 comedy The Joneses, which featured David Duchovny and Demi Moore as a couple fixated on the lavish lifestyle of their neighbours,  Keeping Up With The Joneses is a high concept but formulaic action comedy about spies living in a quiet suburban neighbourhood. The action comedy follows in the footsteps of such films as 2010's The Spy Next Door, which starred Continue reading

MINIONS

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda Stars voices of: Pierre Coffin, Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton, Allison Janney, Jennifer Saunders, Geoffrey Rush. In the Despicable Me films, the minions were the cute, diminutive, yellow, denim-clad henchmen for the supervillain Gru (who was voiced by Steve Carell). They spoke in their own impenetrable and guttural language, and more often than not hindered Gru's dastardly plans for world domination. But they effortlessly stole many scenes, and it was clear that these wonderful characters Continue reading