MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Christopher McQuarrie Stars: Tom Cruise, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Henry Cavill, Rebecca Ferguson, Alec Baldwin, Sean Harris, Vanessa Kirby, Angela Bassett, Michelle Monaghan, Wes Bentley. Most film franchises seem to run out of inspiration before too long, but the Mission Impossible series seems to have gone from strength to strength, with the Brad Bird helmed Ghost Protocol being arguably the strongest film to date. Rogue Nation (2015) took the series in a slightly different direction under the direction of Christopher McQuarrie 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

PIXELS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Chris Columbus Stars: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan, Peter Dinklage, Josh Gad, Brian Cox, Sean Bean, Matt Lintz, Jane Krakowski, Dan Aykroyd, Lainie Kazan, Serena Williams, Martha Stewart, Fiona Shaw, Allen Covert, Anthony Ippolito, Jared Riley, Jacob Shinder, Andrew Bambridge, Denis Akiyama, Affion Crockett. As has been evident from most of his films Adam Sandler has a fascination for nostalgia of the past, and the 80s and 90s in particular. This comes across very strongly in his soundtrack choices. Pixels dives deep into Continue reading

THE BEST OF ME

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Michael Hoffman Stars: James Marsden, Michelle Monaghan, Luke Bracey, Liana Liberato, Jon Tenney, Sean Bridgers, Sebastian Arcelus, Gerald McRaney, Caroline Goodall, Clark Peters. The melodramatic The Best Of Me is the latest adaptation of a novel from Nicholas Sparks, a bestselling author best known for The Notebook. Sparks writes overly sentimental romantic novels to a well established and increasingly predictable formula - rain drenched passionate kisses and young lovers from different social classes kept apart by family, prejudice, Continue reading

SOURCE CODE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Duncan Jones Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga, Jeffrey Wright. Source Code is the sophomore film from Duncan Jones, the son of rock star David Bowie, and is a wonderful follow-up to his debut feature, the intriguing low budget sci-fi film Moon, which was a study of paranoia, isolation, madness and identity. This film explores some similar themes, but, working with a bigger budget and special effects, Jones is also able to explore some high concept ideas that are increasingly rare in today’s sci-fi Continue reading