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

HOME AGAIN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Hallie Meyers-Shyer Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Pico Alexander, Nat Wolff, Jay Rudnitsky, Michael Sheen, Candice Bergen, Lake Bell, Eden Grace Redfield, Lola Flanery. Between them, the husband and wife team of writer/director Nancy Meyers and director/producer Charles Shyer produced many of the popular but formulaic romantic comedies of the 80s and 90s - films like Baby Boom, the remake of Father Of The Bride, It's Complicated, Something's Gotta Give, The Intern, etc - many of which starred Diane Keaton. Now their daughter Hallie 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

MAN UP

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ben Palmer Stars: Lake Bell, Simon Pegg, Rory Kinnear, Sharon Horgan, Ophelia Lovibond, Olivia Williams, Harriet Walter, Ken Stott, Stephen Campbell Moore, Henry Lloyd-Hughes. There have been a lot of romantic comedies hitting our screens of late, and unfortunately most of them are either too formulaic, mean spirited or too raunchy. Which is why Man Up proves to be a nice surprise as it brings a fresh new take on the tired formula. The lively, witty and fast paced script is the first feature script written by Tess Morris, who plays with Continue reading

MR PEABODY AND SHERMAN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Rob Minkoff Stars: voices of Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Ariel Winter, Zach Callison, Stanley Tucci, Alison Janney, Stephen Tobolowsky, Dennis Haysbert, Mel Brooks, Lake Bell, Patrick Warburton. The animated adventures of the talking time travelling dog Mr Peabody and his adopted seven year old human son Sherman began life as a short cartoon segment in the Rocky And Bullwinkle Show, created by Jay Ward in the 60s. In the shorts, the duo travelled through time to visit some key moments in history and meet some influential historical figures. Continue reading