PACIFIC RIM UPRISING

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Steven S de Knight Stars: John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Cailee Spaeny, Charlie Day, Burn Gorman, Rinko Kikuchi, Tiang Jin, Jin Zhang, Adrua Arjona, Karan Brar, Wesley Wong, Ivanna Sakhno. If giant robots beating the crap out of giant sea monsters and large cities being destroyed is your thing then this is the film for you. This noisy, empty, special effects driven spectacle is the unnecessary sequel to 2013's Pacific Rim, a sci-fi action movie which told of the ultimate battle between man and monster. That film was directed by Continue reading

KUMIKO, THE TREASURE HUNTER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: David Zellner Stars: Rinko Kikuchi, Nobuyuki Katsube, Shirley Venard, Nathan Zellner, David Zellner, Brad Prather, Earl Milton, Yumiko Hioki, Ichi Kyokaku. This droll and offbeat fish out of water story is actually based on a 2001 urban legend about a Japanese woman who died while trying to find the money that Steve Buscemi's character buried in the snow in the Coen brothers' classic movie Fargo. That myth has provided the inspiration for this quirky drama from filmmaking siblings David and Nathan Zellner (Goliath, Frontier, etc), who Continue reading

NORWEGIAN WOOD

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Tran Anh Hung Stars: Kenichi Matsuyama, Kengo Kora, Rinko Kikuchi, Kiko Mizuhara. Taking its title from the Beatles song of the same name, Norwegian Wood is a visually beautiful, elegiac and haunting tale of love, longing, loss of innocence, sexuality and madness from award winning French-Vietnamese director Tran Anh Hung (Cyclo, The Scent Of The Green Papaya, etc). Based on the widely acclaimed best selling novel by Japanese author Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood is set in Japan in 1967, a turbulent time when student revolts Continue reading