WONDER WHEEL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Woody Allen Stars: Kate Winslet, Jim Belushi, Juno Temple, Justin Timberlake, Jack Gore, David Krumholtz, Max Casella, Tony Sirico, Steven Schirripa. Woody Allen is a very prolific filmmaker who has averaged one film per year for the past five decades. And while the quality of his output has varied, he has produced a few bona fide classics along the way. He has also been nominated for more Oscars in the screenwriting category than any other filmmaker. And he writes strong roles for females - he has directed six actresses to an Continue reading

TROLLS

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Walt Dohrn, Mike Mitchell Stars: voices of Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Zooey Deschanel, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jeffrey Tambor, John Cleese, Russell Brand, James Corden, Gwen Stefani, Quvenzhane Wallis. In Norse mythology trolls were ugly, slow witted, fearsome flesh eating giants, as seen in Andre Ovredal's 2010 horror fantasy Troll Hunter. In modern cyberspeak a troll is an indivudual who prowls the internet posting nasty and inflammatory remarks on community noticeboards to sow discord. In this cute and colourful Continue reading

INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Joel and Ethan Coen Stars: Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, Justin Timberlake, Jeanine Serralles, Ethan Phillips, Robin Barrett. This bittersweet and blackly funny film follows a week in the life of a down and out folk singer struggling to make his mark in the early 60s when folk was slowly taking over from jazz in the Greenwich Village coffee houses frequented by the intellectuals and college students. The film is loosely based on The Mayor Of MacDougal Street, the memoir of Dave Van Ronk, who was one of the founding figures Continue reading

IN TIME

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Andrew Niccol Stars: Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, Alex Pettyfer, Cillian Murphy, Matt Bomer, Vincent Kartheiser, Olivia Wilde. So, what is your time worth? This new sci-fi thriller comes from New Zealand born filmmaker Andrew Niccol, who wrote The Truman Show and directed Gattaca and Lord Of War. It is set in the near future, where everyone is genetically programmed to stop aging at 25, rather like Logan’s Run revisited, which adds a neat twist to the "race against time" thriller device. After your 25th birthday, you Continue reading

FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Will Gluck Stars: Mila Kunis, Justin Timberlake, Richard Jenkins, Jenna Elfman, Andy Samberg, Emma Stone, Jason Segel, Rashida Jones . Writer/director Will Gluck’s previous film Easy A was one of the sharpest, cleverest and most savvy teenage comedy to emerge from mainstream Hollywood in quite some time. Therefore it is a little disappointing that his latest film is so formulaic. And if its central plot about a cute couple who form a relationship based purely on sex until real feelings and emotions complicate matters sounds Continue reading