CRAZY RICH ASIANS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jon M Chu Stars: Henry Golding, Constance Wu, Michelle Yeoh, Awkwafina, Gemma Chan, Pierre Png, Ken Jeong, Jimmy O Yang, Ronny Chieng, Lisa Lu, Harry Shum jr, Chris Pang, Nico Santos, Janice Koh. A contemporary fairy tale set in Singapore, Crazy Rich Asians is a feel good crowd pleasing romcom, and more significantly it is one of the first films from a major Hollywood studio since The Joy Luck Club 25 years ago to feature an all Asian cast. Rachel Chu (Constance Wu, from Fresh Off The Boat, etc) is an economics professor at a Continue reading

RIDE ALONG 2

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Tim Story Stars: Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, Olivia Munn, Benjamin Bratt, Tika Sumpter, Ken Jeong, Sherri Shepherd, Bruce McGill, Michael Rose, Carlos Gomez, Eric Goins, Glenn Powell, Arturo del Puerto. The original Ride Along was another formulaic variation on the odd couple buddy cop genre that has included such superior examples as the Lethal Weapon series, 48 Hours and even the Rush Hour series. The film derived much of its pleasures from the combustible chemistry between the gruff and intense Ice Cube's veteran detective and the manic, Continue reading

THE DUFF

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ari Sandel Stars: Mae Whitman, Robbie Amell, Bella Thorne, Allison Janney, Ken Jeong, Skyler Samuels, Bianca Santos, Nick Eversman, Romany Malco, Chris Wylde. The dynamics of high school years are fertile material for filmmakers who can explore this psychological minefield of cliques, bullying, pecking orders, identity, and entrenched attitudes. It is a setting that has given us some great films, with John Hughes' classic The Breakfast Club, Heathers, Mean Girls, Juno and Easy A amongst the standouts in this subgenre. And now we get The Continue reading

TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Michael Bay Stars: Shia La Beouf, Patrick Dempsey, John Malkovich, John Turturro, Josh Duhamel, Frances McDormand, Kevin Dunn, Julie White, Ken Jeong, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, voices of Leonard Nimoy, Petter Cullen, Hugo Weaving. This third film in the incredibly lucrative Transformers series is everything that you would expect from a Michael Bay film – a bombastic, overblown, noisy, empty spectacle full of superb special effects and massive destruction on a massive scale. Someone – maybe executive producer Steven Spielberg – Continue reading