FATHER STU

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Rosalind Ross Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Mel Gibson, Jacki Weaver, Theresa Ruiz, Malcolm McDowell, Cody Fern, Carlos Leal.   Based on the true story of Stuart Long, a struggling boxer from Montana forced to quit the fight game after suffering too many blows in the ring who ultimately found religion and after many setbacks became an ordained Catholic priest. Much to the surprise and chagrin of his estranged parents – world weary and chain smoking Kathleen (Jacki Weaver) and his embittered alcoholic father Bill (Mel Gibson – both of Continue reading

ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ridley Scott Stars: Michelle Williams, Mark Wahlberg, Christopher Plummer, Romain Duris, Charlie Plummer, Timothy Hutton, Andrew Buchan, Charlie Shotwell, Stacy Martin. All The Money In The World is prolific filmmaker Ridley Scott’s dramatization of the real-life kidnapping of J Paul Getty III, the 16-year-old grandson of oil magnate J Paul Getty, the richest man in the world (played here by Christopher Plummer). In 1973 the teenaged Getty was living in Rome when he was snatched off the city streets by Continue reading

DADDY’S HOME 2

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Sean Anders Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Will Ferrell, Mel Gibson, John Lithgow, Linda Cardellini, Alexandra Ambrosio, John Cena, Owen Vaccaro, Scarlett Estevez, Didi Costine. Not only do Christmas movies tend to be narkier and mean spirited in recent times, but they also seem to be hitting cinemas earlier. Even though it is only November we have three Christmas themed films in our multiplexes. There is Bad Moms 2, the home invasion black comedy Better Watch Out, and now we get Daddy's Home 2, the underwhelming Continue reading

TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Michael Bay Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Hopkins, Laura Haddock, Josh Duhamel, Isabela Moner, Glenn Morshower, John Turturro, Tony Hale, Mitch Pileggi, Santiago Cabrera, Jim Galligan, Stanley Tucci, voices of Peter Cullen, Frank Welker, Erik Aadahl, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Ken Watanabe, Jim Carter, Omar Sy, Reno Wilson, John DiMaggio, Jess Harnell, Gemma Chan. Michael Bay makes more robot porn for 13-year-old boys. Transformers: The Last Knight is the fifth instalment in Michael Bay’s series of big budget special effects Continue reading

PATRIOTS DAY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Peter Berg Stars: Mark Wahlberg, John Goodman, Kevin Bacon, J K Simmons, Christopher O'Shea, Michelle Monaghan, Alex Wolff, Themo Melikidze, Rachel Brosnahan, Jake Picking, Jimmy O Yang, Melissa Benoist, James Colby, Michael Beach, Adam Trese, Khandi Alexander. Is it too soon for a film depicting the 2013 terrorist bombing of the annual Boston Marathon? Some would probably say yes and suggest that the film touches a nerve that is still pretty raw. But others would argue that a film like Patriots Day treats the subject with Continue reading