THE FOUNDER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: John Le Hancock Stars: Michael Keaton, Nick Offerman, John Carroll Lynch, Laura Dern, Linda Cardellini, Patrick Wilson, B J Novak, Mike Pniewski. The Founder was inspired by the biography of Ray Kroc, the man who turned a small hamburger stand in San Bernardino California into McDonalds, a fast food empire spanning the globe, employing thousands, and reaping in billions of dollars every year. It feeds approximately 1% of the world's population, and its golden arches are one of the most readily recognised symbols on the planet. How Continue reading

SPOTLIGHT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Tom McCarthy Stars: Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Brian d'Arcy James, Live Schreiber, John Slattery, Billy Crudup, Stanley Tucci, Paul Guilfoyle, Len Cariou, Jamey Sheridan, Neal Huff. All the bishops men? A powerful drama, Spotlight is based on the true story of the Boston Globe's Pulitzer Prize winning series of articles from 2002 exposing the sytematic molestation of young children by Catholic priests and the cover-up orchestrated by the Catholic Church. The revelations were particularly shocking in this strong Continue reading

MINIONS

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda Stars voices of: Pierre Coffin, Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton, Allison Janney, Jennifer Saunders, Geoffrey Rush. In the Despicable Me films, the minions were the cute, diminutive, yellow, denim-clad henchmen for the supervillain Gru (who was voiced by Steve Carell). They spoke in their own impenetrable and guttural language, and more often than not hindered Gru's dastardly plans for world domination. But they effortlessly stole many scenes, and it was clear that these wonderful characters Continue reading

NEED FOR SPEED

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Scott Waugh Stars: Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Harrison Gilbertson, Michael Keaton, Scott Mesudi, Rami Malek, Ramon Rodriguez, Imogen Poots. Rev heads and action fans anxious for the arrival of the next instalment of the Fast & Furious franchise can get their adrenaline rush and fix of car porn with Need For Speed. This is a fast-paced, testosterone-fuelled F&F clone based on a popular video game about the gritty world of illegal street car racing. Films based on video games are usually pretty bad (Streetfighter, Mortal Kombat Continue reading

FIRST DAUGHTER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Forest Whittaker Stars: Katie Holmes, Marc Blucas, Michael Keaton, Margaret Colin, Amelie. Just when it seemed that Dawson's Creek's Katie Holmes was leaving behind cute teenage roles for something more edgy (Pieces Of April, Go, etc) she returns to the type of role that may satisfy her fans but hardly challenges her dramatically. Possibly inspired by the antics of Chelsea Clinton, First Daughter is hackneyed and cliched teen comedy, overladen with fairy-tale trappings, depicting what happens when the President's only daughter Continue reading