NIGHT SCHOOL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Malcolm D Lee Stars: Kevin Hart, Tiffany Haddish, Rob Riggle, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Taran Killam, Romany Malco, Al Madrigal, Anne Winters, Fat Joe, Keith David, Ben Schwartz, Yvonne Orji, Bresha Webb. The phrase “a Kevin Hart comedy” is oxymoronic. Hart is one of the unfunniest comics making movies in Hollywood, and his grating, shrill, over the top and unsubtle shtick wears thin very fast. At the preview of his latest effort Night School we were told that Hart’s films have grossed something to the tune of $124 million at the Continue reading

CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS: THE FIRST EPIC MOVIE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: David Soren Stars: voices of Kevin Hart, Thomas Middleditch, Ed Helms, Nick Kroll, Jordan Peele, Kristen Schaal, Dee Dee Rescher. From Dreamworks Animation comes Captain Underpants, the first feature film based on the popular series of children's books written and illustrated by Dav Pilkey that have apparently sold over 70 million copies worldwide. It centres around George Beard (voiced by Kevin Hart) and Harold Hutchins (voiced by Thomas Middleditch, from the tv sitcom Silicon Valley, etc), best friends and overly imaginative Continue reading

THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Chris Renaud, Yarrow Cheney Stars: voices of Louis C K, Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Ellie Kemper, Lake Bell, Tara Strong, Steve Coogan, Albert Brooks, Jenny Slate, Dana Carvey, Jim Cummings. We all love and pamper our beloved pets. But what do they secretly get up to when we are not home? That is the clever and intriguing premise behind this animated feature from director Chris Renaud, the guy behind the Despicable Me franchise and those lovable Minions. But in looking at what domestic pets get up to while their owners are away Continue reading

CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Danielle Nicolet, Amy Ryan, Aaron Paul, Jason Bateman, Ryan Hansen, Tim Griffin, John Smith, Thomas Kretschmann, Kumail Nanjiani, Melissa McCarthy. Yet another formulaic odd couple buddy action comedy, Central Intelligence teams action hero Dwayne Johnson (San Andreas, the Fast & Furious franchise, etc) with motor mouthed comic Kevin Hart (Ride Along, the dire Get Hard, etc), the most annoying and unfunny comic working in mainstream movies at the moment). It is an odd 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