DOWNSIZING

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Alexander Payne Stars: Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig, Christoph Waltz, Udo Kier, Hong Chau, Rolf Lassgard, Ingjerd Egeberg, Jason Sudeikis, Neil Patrick Harris, Laura Dern, Margot Martindale, James Van Der Beek, Maribeth Monroe, Mary Kay Place, Joaquim de Almeida. It’s a small world after all? In the not too distant future, Norwegian scientist Dr Jorgen Asbjonsen (Rolf Lassgard) has come up with a radical solution for a world concerned with overpopulation and rapidly diminishing resources. He and his colleagues have figured out a Continue reading

A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Seth MacFarlane Stars: Seth MacFarlane, Charlize Theron, Giovanni Ribisi, Amanda Seyfried, Neil Patrick Harris, Liam Neeson, Sarah Silverman, Christopher Hagen, Wes Studi, Matt Clark, Rex Linn, Alex Burstein, Dennis Haskins, Christopher Lloyd, Gilbert Gottfried, Ewan McGregor, Ryan Reynolds, John Michael Higgins. There may well be a million different ways to die in the west but there are not a million laughs to be found in this comic western from Seth MacFarlane, best known as the creator of animated tv series Family Guy, and the genius Continue reading

THE MUPPETS

  Reviewed by GREG KING Director: James Bobin Stars: Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Chris Cooper, Peter Linz, Jack Black, Alan Arkin, Whoopi Goldberg, Selena Gomez, Neil Patrick Harris, Mickey Rooney, Jim Parsons, Emily Blunt, Zach Galifianakis. The Muppets last graced the big screen in 1999, with the disappointing Muppets From Space. In the decade or so since then, have they become irrelevant, as ruthless oil baron Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) says, or are they still capable of entertaining today’s audiences who like every thing faster, louder and superficial? Continue reading

THE SMURFS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Raja Gosnell Stars: Neil Patrick Harris, Hank Azaria, Sofia Vergara, Jayma Mays, voices of Alan Cumming, George Lopez, Jonathan Winters, Anton Yelchin, Katy Perry. I went into this preview of The Smurfs with low expectations. After all, this is a movie based on the 1980’s cartoon characters featuring a bunch of annoyingly upbeat, perennially happy diminutive blue creatures who live in a far way fantasy land. They are all named after peculiar personality traits (thus we get Brainy, Clumsy, Grouchy, etc). The Hanna Barbera produced Continue reading