A SIMPLE FAVOUR

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Paul Feig Stars: Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively, Henry Golding, Bashir Salahuddin, Joshua Satine, Ian Ho, Jean Smart, Linda Cardellini, Andrew Randells, Danielle Bourgon, Dustin Milligan, Rupert Friend. This twisted, darkly comic female centric noir like thriller marks a change of pace for director Paul Feig, who is best known for his female centric comedies like the raucous Bridesmaids and the recent reboot of the 80’s cult classic Ghostbusters. Overachieving widow and single mother Stephanie Smothers (Anna Kendrick) is also a Continue reading

GHOSTBUSTERS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Paul Feig Stars: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Chris Hemsworth, Neil Casey, Andy Garcia, Charles Dance, Zach Woods, Steve Higgins, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Annie Potts, Sigourney Weaver, Katie Dippold, Michael McDonald, Michael Kenneth Williams, Matt Walsh, Cecily Strong. Hollywood has a nasty habit of trampling on the memories of our youth by remaking some of the classics of yesteryear, and in most cases stuffing them up beyond belief. They may justify this by saying that the remake Continue reading

SPY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Paul Feig Stars: Melissa McCarthy, Rose Byrne, Jason Statham, Jude Law, Allison Janney, Miranda Hart,Peter Serafinowicz, Bobby Cannavale. The normally overbearing and rough around the edges comedian Melissa McCarthy is bearable in smaller support roles, such as Bridesmaids and the recent St Vincent, which is arguably her best work. When front and centre as the star of comedies though her vehicles are often crude and unfunny, like Tammy or Identity Thief, and her moutor-mouthed shtick eventually becomes tiresome and grating. So it is Continue reading

BRIDESMAIDS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Paul Feig Stars: Kirsten Wiig, Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy,, Chris O'Dowd, Jon Hamm, Rebel Wilson, Matt Lucas, Maya Rudolph, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Ellie Kemper, Jill Clayburgh. This bittersweet, raunchy comedy is an attempt to make a female buddy comedy along the lines of The Hangover and its ilk, and for the most part it is quite successful. Bridesmaids is full of puerile and scatological humour, and it’s no surprise that Judd Apatow, best known for The 40 Year Old Virgin, etc, is on board as a producer. Bridesmaids is an Continue reading