LIFE OF THE PARTY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ben Falcone Stars: Melissa McCarthy, Molly Gordon, Debby Ryan, Jack Benward, Jacki Weaver, Stephen Root, Maya Rudolph, Matt Walsh, Chris Parnell, Julie Bowen, Christina Aguilera. In 1986 comedian Rodney Dangerfield went Back To School for one of the better comedies of his career. Thirty years later, comic Melissa McCarthy goes back to school for this flat and largely unfunny and lifeless comedy. Life Of The Party is the third collaboration between McCarthy and her writer/director husband Ben Continue reading

BRIGSBY BEAR

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Dave McCary Stars: Kyle Mooney, Greg Kinnear, Mark Hamill, Jane Adams, Michaela Watkins, Matt Walsh, Claire Danes, Ryan Simpkins, Jorge Lendeborg jr. An inventive, original oddball and quirky independent film from first time feature filmmaker Dave McCary (better known as an Emmy nominated writer on SNL), Brigsby Bear deals with themes of family, friendship, the loss of innocence, love, the indelible impact of pop culture, nostalgia, and the power of movies to heal and transform. James Pope (Kyle Mooney) has led a rather Continue reading

OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Josh Gordon and Will Speck Stars: Jason Bateman, T J Miller, Jennifer Aniston, Courtney B Vance, Rob Corddry, Kate McKinnon, Abbey Lee, Olivia Munn, Karan Soni, Jillian Bell, Randall Park, Vanessa Bayer, Matt Walsh, Ben Falcone, Adrian Martinez, Sam Richardson, Fortune Feimster. It seems that writers of mainstream comedies these days have forgotten how to create genuinely funny and witty comedies, and they tend to equate adults misbehaving with comedy. This penchant for raunchy and largely unfunny comedy material seems to have Continue reading

KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Greg Mottola Stars: Zach Galiafanakis, Isla Fisher, Jon Hamm, Gal Gadot, Patton Oswalt, Matt Walsh, Maribeth Monroe, Kevin Dunn, Michael Liu. Not to be confused with the 2009 comedy The Joneses, which featured David Duchovny and Demi Moore as a couple fixated on the lavish lifestyle of their neighbours,  Keeping Up With The Joneses is a high concept but formulaic action comedy about spies living in a quiet suburban neighbourhood. The action comedy follows in the footsteps of such films as 2010's The Spy Next Door, which starred Continue reading

GHOSTBUSTERS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Paul Feig Stars: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Chris Hemsworth, Neil Casey, Andy Garcia, Charles Dance, Zach Woods, Steve Higgins, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Annie Potts, Sigourney Weaver, Katie Dippold, Michael McDonald, Michael Kenneth Williams, Matt Walsh, Cecily Strong. Hollywood has a nasty habit of trampling on the memories of our youth by remaking some of the classics of yesteryear, and in most cases stuffing them up beyond belief. They may justify this by saying that the remake Continue reading