VENOM

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ruben Fleischer Stars: Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Jenny Slate, Scott Haze, Reid Scott, Woody Harrelson, Peggy Lu. Yet another superhero movie, this one featuring a second-tier character from the Marvel stable. Or should that be a super-anti-hero, because Venom is not your usual superhero? We first met Venom in the Sam Raimi-helmed Spiderman 3, when he was played by Topher Grace. And despite its origins with Spiderman, Venom clearly sits outside the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film itself has been produced by Sony Continue reading

BIG HERO 6

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Don Hall, Chris Williams Stars: voices of Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, James Cromwell, Alan Tudyk, Jamie Chung, T J Miller, Damon Wayans jr, Genesis Rodriguez, Maya Rudolph. The family friendly films being released over Christmas this year range in quality from the excellent Paddington, through to the rather bland and disappointing Penguins of Madagascar. The Disney produced action comedy Big Hero 6 falls somewhere in between. Like The Incredibles before it, Big Hero 6 is an animated superhero movie that is suitable for all ages. Continue reading

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Bryan Singer Stars: Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Peter Dinklage, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Nicholas Hoult, Ellen Page, Omar Sy, Evan Peters, Halle Berry, Marc Carmaro, Shawn Ashmore, Anna Paquin, Josh Helman, Daniel Cudmore, Fan Bingbing. Much like Star Trek: Generations brought together two franchises of the popular sci-fi series, so too does the latest X-Men film bring together the stars of the two franchises. Bryan Singer brought the comic book characters to the screen in 2000 with the first Continue reading

CAPTAIN AMERICA THE FIRST AVENGER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Joe Johnson Stars: Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving, Hayley Atwell, Toby Jones, Stanley Tucci,Sebastian Stan, Tommy Lee Jones, Dominic Cooper . This superb comic book adaptation completes the jigsaw for Marvel’s upcoming blockbuster Avengers movie, which will feature Iron Man, The Hulk, Thor and Captain America. Created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby in 1941 Captain America is one of the original heroes from the Marvel stable, and has been played previously by Dick Purcell in 1944, Arthur Pierce in a 1966 tv series, Reb Brown, and Matt Continue reading

X MEN: FIRST CLASS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Matthew Vaughn Stars: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Jennifer Lawrence, Rose Byrne, Kevin Bacon, January Jones, Lucas Till, Caleb Landry Jones, Edi Gathegi, Oliver Platt, Zoe Kravitz . This fifth film in the X Men franchise is an origin story that takes us back to an earlier time and gives us the backstory of the two central characters Professor X and Magneto. While remaining respectful of its comic book origins, X Men: First Class breathes new life into the franchise. The film is set in the early ‘60s, a Continue reading