THE HUMANS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Stephen Karam Stars: Richard Jenkins, Jayne Houdyshell, Amy Schumer, Beanie Feldstein, Steven Yeun, June Squibb. The Humans is an adaptation of the 2016 Tony award winning drama written by Tony award winning playwright Stephen Karam, and it reworks many of the familiar tropes of this subgenre of the dysfunctional family gathering that is a favourite theme of many productions, such as Tracy Letts’ August Osage County and its ilk. Karam makes his feature film directorial debut in bringing his drama to the screen, but in many ways Continue reading

THE SHAPE OF WATER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Guillermo del Toro Stars: Sally Hawking, Michael Shannon, Octavia Spencer, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg, Nick Searcy, David Hewlett. The Shape Of Water is a bold and surprisingly moving mash up of science fiction, 50s and 60s creature feature, fantasy, cold war thriller, beguiling romance, politics, science, prejudice, forbidden love and sexual identity. It is visionary Mexican born filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro’s best film since 2006’s Pan’s Labyrinth. However, a healthy suspension of Continue reading

KILL THE MESSENGER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Michael Cuesta Stars: Jeremy Renner, Rosemarie De Witt, Oliver Platt, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Andy Garcia, Richard Jenkins, Michael Sheen, Ray Liotta, Tim Blake Nelson, Robert Patrick, Barry Pepper. In the 1980s the Reagan administration waged a covert war on drugs. But it was a war that created some strange bedfellows. At the same time, the CIA was apparently helping drug dealers smuggle crack cocaine into the urban ghettoes of Los Angeles and other American cities, and using the funds to help prop up the Contra rebels fighting in Continue reading

FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Will Gluck Stars: Mila Kunis, Justin Timberlake, Richard Jenkins, Jenna Elfman, Andy Samberg, Emma Stone, Jason Segel, Rashida Jones . Writer/director Will Gluck’s previous film Easy A was one of the sharpest, cleverest and most savvy teenage comedy to emerge from mainstream Hollywood in quite some time. Therefore it is a little disappointing that his latest film is so formulaic. And if its central plot about a cute couple who form a relationship based purely on sex until real feelings and emotions complicate matters sounds Continue reading

HALL PASS

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Peter and Bobby Farrelly Stars: Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis, Jenna Fischer, Christina Applegate, Richard Jenkins, Stephen Merchant, Nicky Whelan, Derek Waters. Peter and Bobby Farrelly are known for their mix of raunchy adult comedy and a rather sweet nature that tempers some of their more gross out moments. They hit a creative peak and pushed the envelope with films like There’s Something About Mary, with its famous hair gel scene. But it seems that most of their subsequent films have lacked that same spark. When they try too Continue reading