LADY BIRD

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Greta Gerwig Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, Lucas Hedges, Timothee Chalamet, Beanie Felsetin, Odeya Rush, Stephen Henderson, Lois Smith, Bob Stephenson, Jordan Rodrigues, Marielle Scott. Greta Gerwig is best known for her work as an actress working in the independent scene, especially in the quirky, low budget mumblecore comedies of Joe Swanberg and her collaborations with Noah Baumbach in films like Frances Ha, Mistress America, etc. Now she steps behind the camera for her solo directorial debut with this Continue reading

GOOSEBUMPS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Rob Letterman Stars: Jack Black, Dylan Minnete, Odeya Rush, Ryan Lee, Amy Ryan, Jillian Bell, Ken Marino, Halston Sage, Amanda Lund, Timothy Simons. With some 200 titles to his credit prolific author R L Stine has been called "the Stephen King of children's literature", and to date has sold over 400 million copies of his series of comic horror stories that reworked many familiar monsters for the young adult market. There was also a successful tv series adapting his stories which ran from 1995-1998. Rather than basing this feature film Continue reading

THE GIVER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Phillip Noyce Stars: Brenton Thwaites, Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Alexander Skarsgard, Katie Holmes, Odeya Rush, Meryl Streep, Cameron Monaghan. A lot of young adult novels and their subsequent film adaptations now seem to be following a formula and a well established template. Sometime after an apocalyptic event (war, virus, whatever) has laid waste to life as we know it, seemingly utopian and efficiently functioning societies have sprung up that try to bring order out of chaos and rebuild communities that survive and prosper. These Continue reading