BOOKSMART

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Olivia Wilde Stars: Beanie Feldstein, Kaitlyn Dever, Mason Gooding, Skyler Gisondo, Jessica Williams, Jason Sudeikis, Billy Lourd, Lisa Kudrow, Will Forte, Victoria Ruesga, Molly Gordon, Diana Silvers, Eduardo Franco, Nico Haraga, Austin Crute, Michael Patrick O'Brien. Friends since the fifth grade, Amy (Kaitlyn Dever, from Beautiful Boy, etc) and Molly (Beanie Feldstein, from Lady Bird, etc) are two highly motivated over achieving, bookish high school students who have spent all of their time studying hard and applying Continue reading

IN TIME

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Andrew Niccol Stars: Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, Alex Pettyfer, Cillian Murphy, Matt Bomer, Vincent Kartheiser, Olivia Wilde. So, what is your time worth? This new sci-fi thriller comes from New Zealand born filmmaker Andrew Niccol, who wrote The Truman Show and directed Gattaca and Lord Of War. It is set in the near future, where everyone is genetically programmed to stop aging at 25, rather like Logan’s Run revisited, which adds a neat twist to the "race against time" thriller device. After your 25th birthday, you Continue reading

THE CHANGE-UP

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: David Dobkin Stars: Jason Bateman, Ryan Reynolds, Leslie Mann, Olivia Wilde, Alan Arkin. In the classic To Kill A Mockingbird, Atticus Finch (Gregory Peck) says: "You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view--until you climb into his skin and walk around in it." That philosophy has driven a number of role-swapping comedies in which people come to learn some truths about themselves and the people around them when they magically swap identities. Films like Freaky Friday (the Jodie Foster Continue reading

COWBOYS & ALIENS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jon Favreau Stars: Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Paul Dano, Keith Carradine, Olivia Wilde, Sam Rockwell, Noah Ringer. As a genre the traditional western is virtually moribund, but Hollywood keeps churning out some interesting variations on the theme that temporarily breathe life into the form. The latest is Cowboys & Aliens, and the title basically says all you need to know. Imagine the likes of iconic hero John Wayne taking on aliens, and you’ll get the drift! It’s The Searchers meets Independence Day as the film combines Continue reading

TRON: LEGACY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Joseph Kosinski Stars: Garrett Hedlund, Jeff Bridges, Olivia Wilde In 1982, the high concept sci-fi film Tron used then cutting-edge computer generated imagery to take us inside a cybernetic world. Back then the whole CGI process was still in its infancy, but the film was ahead of its time. With the recent advances in both CGI and 3D technology, the time seems right to revisit that artificial world. So here is the belated and unnecessary sequel, Tron: Legacy. The film is set some twenty years after the original. Computer games Continue reading