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

I FEEL PRETTY

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein Stars: Amy Schumer, Michelle Williams, Rory Scovel, Tom Hopper, Busy Phillips, Aidy Bryant, Lauren Hutton, Emily Ratajkowski, Adrian Martinez, Naomi Campbell. When the trailer for I Feel Pretty first hit cinemas there was an immediate backlash because many thought that it was making fun of overweight women and was engaging in a bit of body shaming, which ultimately proved to be misleading. Rather this feel good romantic comedy delivers positive messages about Continue reading

ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ridley Scott Stars: Michelle Williams, Mark Wahlberg, Christopher Plummer, Romain Duris, Charlie Plummer, Timothy Hutton, Andrew Buchan, Charlie Shotwell, Stacy Martin. All The Money In The World is prolific filmmaker Ridley Scott’s dramatization of the real-life kidnapping of J Paul Getty III, the 16-year-old grandson of oil magnate J Paul Getty, the richest man in the world (played here by Christopher Plummer). In 1973 the teenaged Getty was living in Rome when he was snatched off the city streets by Continue reading

THE GREATEST SHOWMAN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Michael Gracey Stars: Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Keala Settle, Sam Humphrey, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Ellis Rubin, Skylar Dunn, Paul Sparks, Byron Jennings. Hugh Jackman dances and sings up a storm in this musical biopic about American showman Phineas Taylor Barnum (1810-1891), a pioneer and visionary entrepreneur and creator of the circus as we know it. Barnum’s first venture into show business was a wax museum he created in a warehouse in New York. Always trying to go bigger, he then Continue reading

CERTAIN WOMEN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Kelly Reichardt Stars: Laura Dern, Michelle Williams, Kristen Stewart, Lily Gladstone, James Le Gros, Rene Auberjonois, Jared Harris, John Getz. Based on the 2009 short story collection Both Ways Is The Only Way I Want It written by Maile Meloy Certain Women is structured around three stories that briefly intersect. They are all set in the small town of Livingston, Montana. The three stories follow the emotional turmoil, the hopes and disappointments, and loneliness experienced by the characters. But this is a quiet introspective Continue reading