RETURN TO NIM’S ISLAND

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Brendan Maher Stars: Bindi Irwin, Matthew Lilliard, Toby Wallace, John Waters, Sebastian Gregory, Jack Pearson, Nathan Dekker. This is the sequel to 2008's Nim's Island, which was based on a series of children's adventure books written by Wendy Orr. In that film Nim was a lonely girl stuck with her fantasies and was played by Abigail Breslin. Now she has grown into a feisty 14-year old tomboy adventurer and eco-warrior who is prepared to do anything to protect her island home from outside threats. Now she is played by Steve Irwin's Continue reading

THE DESCENDANTS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Alexander Payne Stars: George Clooney, Matthew Lilliard, Shailene Woodley, Amara Miller, Robert Forster, Neal Krause, Beau Bridges. The Descendants is the new film from Alexander Payne (Sideways, About Schmidt, etc), and it is a subtle, understated and painfully raw character-driven comedy/drama that deals with themes of mortality and family. Payne is an insightful and intelligent filmmaker whose previous films have explored the human condition, and dealt with men adrift, looking for their bearings and hoping to make a connection Continue reading