MID90S

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jonah Hill Stars: Sunny Suljic, Katherine Waterston, Lucas Hedges, Gio Galicia, Olan Prenatt, Na-kel Smith, Ryder McLaughlin. Actor Jonah Hill makes his directorial debut with this low budget, nostalgic, semi-autobiographical coming of age tale set against the backdrop of LA’s skateboarding community. Mid90s is loosely based on Hill’s own experiences in the California skateboard scene. It has the same authenticity, rawness and honesty that marked Larry Clarke’s controversial Kids, which was shot during the mid 90s. Hill has shot Continue reading

DON’T WORRY, HE WON’T GET FAR ON FOOT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Gus Van Sant Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara, Jack Black, Udo Kier, Kim Gordon, Beth Ditto, Mark Webber, Tony Greenhand, Carrie Brownstone. The late US cartoonist John Callahan is not a household name, and is largely unheard of outside of the United States, which makes this quirky and unconventional biopic a bit of a hard sell. Callahan died in 2010. Set in Portland Oregon during the late 70s and early 80s this biopic looks at the life of Callahan (played here in a career best performance by Joaquin Phoenix), an Continue reading

WHY HIM?

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: John Hamburg Stars: Bryan Cranston, James Franco, Zoey Deutch, Megan Mullally, Griffin Gluck, Keegan-Michael Key, Cedric The Entertainer, Adam Devine This rather laboured, uneven and unfunny comedy about an uptight father who disapproves of his daughter's latest boyfriend is a low rent variation on Meet The Parents. Ned Fleming (Bryan Cranston) is a genial businessman from Grand Rapids Michigan who runs a successful printing company. He also is a loving husband and father with a close knit family - there is wife Barb (Megan Continue reading

SAUSAGE PARTY

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Greg Tiernan, Conrad Vernon Stars: voices of: Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Salma Hayek, Michael Cera, Danny McBride, Edward Norton, Paul Rudd, Craig Robinson, Nick Kroll, David Krumholtz, James Franco, Anders Holm, Jonah Hill. The secret life of food? This animated film is the antithesis of more family friendly fare such as usual offerings from the Disney/Pixar canon like Toy Story, etc. This is decidedly adults only entertainment pushes envelope and the limits of taste, with plenty of foul language and sexual innuendo that would Continue reading

WAR DOGS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Todd Phillips Stars: Jonah Hill, Miles Teller, Ana de Armas, Kevin Pollak, Patrick St Esprit, Shaun Toub, Bradley Cooper, Barry Livingston, Aaron Lustig, J B Blanc. Guns n bongs? "War dogs" are bottom feeders who are making money off the war effort without ever setting foot on a battlefield. This cynical look at the war in Iraq shows that the war was not about winning the hearts and minds of the local population, nor was it about bringing democracy to the region - rather it was about making bucketloads of money by profiting off the Continue reading