SPIDERMAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman Stars: voices of: Shamiek Moore, Brian Tyree Henry, Mahershala Ali, Hailee Steinfeld, Nicolas Cage, Chris Pine, Jake Johnson, Kimiko Glenn, John Mulaney, Liev Schreiber, Lily Tomlin, Kathryn Hahn, Stan Lee, Zoe Kravitz, Luna Lauren Velez, Natalie Morales, Oscar Isaac, Lake Bell. From Marvel Studios in association with Sony Animation Studios this subversive take on the whole superhero genre gives us one of the more sophisticated examples of animation to hit our screens in recent years. Continue reading

HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3: A MONSTER HOLIDAY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Genndy Tartakovsky Stars: voices of Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, Andy Samberg, Kevin James, Kathryn Hahn, Jim Gaffigan, Fran Drescher, David Spade, Steve Buscemi, Mel Brooks, Molly Shannon, Keegan-Michael Key, Chris Parnell, Joe Jonas, Asher Blinkoff. The animated Hotel Transylvania series has given Adam Sandler some of the biggest box office hits of his career, so it’s little wonder that he has returned for a third helping of this monster comedy franchise. Sandler voices the character of Dracula, a widower and a loving father, Continue reading

THE FAMILY FANG

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jason Bateman Stars: Jason Bateman, Nicole Kidman, Christopher Walken, Maryann Plunkett, Kathryn Hahn, Michael Chernus, Harris Yulin, Josh Pais, Jason Butler Harner, Mackenzie Brooke Smith, Linda Edmond, Jack McCarthy, Kyle Donnery, Taylor Rose. This was one of two films I saw at MIFF about unorthodox, dysfunctional and troubled families - the other was Captain Fantastic, which boasted an impressive performance from Viggo Mortensen. The Family Fang is a quirky comedy about an eccentric family. Based on the 2011 novel written by Continue reading

CAPTAIN FANTASTIC

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Matt Ross Stars: Viggo Mortensen, George MacKay, Frank Langella, Kathryn Hahn, Steve Zahn, Nicholas Hammond, Anne Dowd, Samantha Isler, Annalise Basso, Shree Crooks, Charlie Shotwell, Trin Miller. Despite the title this is not a superhero movie. Captain Fantastic is a quirky mix of comedy, drama, journey of self discovery, and coming of age story and something quite different from the usual mainstream fare. Ben Cash (Viggo Mortensen) and his wife Leslie have left behind civilization, living off the grid and raising their kids in Continue reading

THE VISIT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: M Night Shyamalan Stars: Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould, Peter McRobbie, Deanna Dunagan, Kathryn Hahn. M Night Shyamalan subverts the usual expectations of the fairy tale visit with kindly old grandmother with this mix of horror and uncomfortable black comedy. The subdued horror film The Visit marks a return to form of sorts for the Sixth Sense filmmaker, whose last couple of films were the awful The Last Airbender and After Earth, both of which were massive box office flops. Part of the problem with Shyamalan's films is that, ever since Continue reading