WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Glenn Ficarra and John Requa Stars: Tina Fey, Martin Freeman, Margot Robbie, Christopher Abbott, Billy Bob Thornton, Alfred Molina, Nicholas Braun, Stephen Peacocke, Josh Charles, Thomas Kretschman. Based on the 2011 book The Taliban Shuffle, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot looks at journalists in a war zone in Afghanistan. War is a serious matter, but there have been many comedies that have managed to wring laughs out of combat, especially black comedies like Catch 22, M*A*S*H, and even Good Morning Vietnam. Although not in the same league as Continue reading

HOW TO BE SINGLE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Christian Ditter Stars: Dakota Johnson, Alison Brie, Leslie Mann, Rebel Wilson, Anders Holm, Nicholas Braun, Jake Lacy, Jason Mantzoukas, Damon Wayans jr, Colin Jost. Anyone venturing in to see How To Be Single expecting another raunchy female centric comedy along the lines of Bridesmaids or Trainwreck will be bitterly disappointed with this formulaic and lightweight ensemble romantic comedy set against the backdrop of New York's glamorous singles scene. How To Be Single follows four female characters as they navigate juggling careers Continue reading

POLTERGEIST

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Gil Kenan Stars: Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Jared Harris, Jane Adams, Nicholas Braun, Saxon Sharbino, Kyle Catlett, Kennedi Clements, Susan Heyward. This is an unnecessary remake of the 1982 horror film of the same name, and it shows that Hollywood studios are basically lacking in originality and imagination. While this remake basically adheres to the story of the original it adds little beyond some CGI special effects and modern touches. The original film was written by Steven Spielberg and directed by Tobe Hooper (of The Texas Continue reading

RED STATE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Kevin Smith Stars: Michael Parks, Melissa Leo, John Goodman, Michael Angarano, Nicholas Braun, Kyle Gallner. Red State is heady mix of sex, politics, terrorism, religious fundamentalism and violence, and seems unusual subject matter for writer/director Kevin Smith, who is better known for his slacker comedies like Clerks, Chasing Amy, and edgy, subpar romantic comedies full of puerile humour (Jersey Girl, etc). This is probably bis most interesting, ambitious and morally challenging film since Dogma. Three horny teenagers Continue reading