A WALK IN THE WOODS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ken Kwapis Stars: Robert Redford, Nick Nolte, Emma Thompson, Nick Offerman, Kristen Schaal, Mary Steenbergen. We have had several films recently in which characters have hiked some challenging paths in order to find solace, comfort or redemption. There was Emile Hirsch as the doomed Christopher McCandless in Sean Penn's Into The Wild, Martin Sheen as a grieving father walking the Santiago de Compostela trail in memory of his dead son in The Way, and Reese Witherspoon hiked the Pacific Coast Trail in Wild. Now we get two older men hiking Continue reading

RUN ALL NIGHT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jaume Collet-Sera Stars: Liam Neeson, Ed Harris, Joel Kinnaman, Vincent D'Onofrio, Bruce McGill, Boyd Holbrook, Common, Genesis Rodriguez, Lois Smith, Nick Nolte, James Martinez. Is Liam Neeson becoming the new Charles Bronson, a staple of the kind of routine, shoot-em-up vengeance vehicle that dominated the cinema in the 70s and early 80s? With films like Taken and its sequels, Non-stop, etc, Neeson has become the action hero du jour, and he manages to acquit himself well in these testosterone heavy roles. He has a solid and dependable Continue reading

WARRIOR

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Gavin O'Connor Stars: Tom Hardy, Joel Edgerton, Nick Nolte, Jennifer Morrison, Frank Grillo. The world of mixed martial arts fighting, in which opponents use a number of different fighting style to hammer their opponent into submission, forms the background to this excellent and hard hitting drama from Gavin O’Connor (Miracle, etc). But as with many great boxing movies, many of the battles here are those being fought with personal demons outside the ring. Warrior centres around the dysfunctional and emotionally damaged Conlon Continue reading

ZOOKEEPER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Frank Coraci Stars: Kevin James, Leslie Bibb, Joe Rogan, Rosario Dawson, voices of Cher, Sylvester Stallone, Jon Favreau, Faizon Love, Maya Rudolph, Adam Sandler, Nick Nolte, Don Rickles. Kevin James is one of the least funny men in movies, and has graced some of the lamest comedies of the past decade (I Now Pronounce You Chuck And Larry, etc). But thanks to friends like Adam Sandler he keeps getting work. But his latest effort is easily his least impressive film to date. Zookeeper is a shrill, dull, and laugh free romantic Continue reading

HOTEL RWANDA

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Terry George Stars: Don Cheadle, Sophie Okonedo, Nick Nolte, Joaquin Phoenix Irish writer/director Terry George (Some Mothers' Sons, etc) is a film maker with a conscience and is not afraid of courting controversy. His latest film is a powerful and potent drama set against the background of one of the bloodiest episodes of recent African history - the Rwandan genocide of the mid-'90's, an incident that garnered very little interest in the western media at the time. Following the assassination of the country's President in Continue reading