PARIS CAN WAIT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Eleanor Coppola Stars: Diane Lane, Arnaud Viard, Alec Baldwin. It's one of those vagaries of film distribution that we sometimes get two films released at the same time with similar plots and ideas. Within the space of a couple of weeks we get two road trip movies featuring two people on a journey through some of the most picturesque areas of Europe, sampling the history, culture and food of the region as they travel. One is the hilarious The Trip To Spain, the third film in the series featuring Steve Coogan and Rob Bryden Continue reading

DIRTY GRANDPA

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Dan Mazer Stars: Robert De Niro, Zac Efron, Zoey Deutch, Aubrey Plaza, Julianne Hough, Dermot Mulroney, Jake Picking, Michael Hudson, Jason Mantzoukas, Jeffrey Bower-Chapman, Brendan Mychol Smith, Mo Collins, Henry Zebrowski, Danny Glover. Recently we had Bad Grandpa, in which Jackass star Johnny Knoxville disguised himself as an old man and embarked on a series of pranks that startled and shocked unsuspecting onlookers. That film was tacky, but it had several laugh out loud moments. Unlike this dumb, tacky and tasteless comedy starring Continue reading

ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: THE ROAD CHIP

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Walt Becker Stars: voices of Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler, Jesse McCartney, Kaley Cuoco, Anna Faris, Christina Applegate, with Jason Lee, Tony Hale, Josh Green, Kimberley Williams-Paisley, Jennifer Coolidge, Bella Thorne. Somewhat cleverly and punningly subtitled The Road Chip, this fourth instalment in clever mix of live action and CGI featuring the pneumatic voiced singing chipmunks Alvin and his brothers, is actually something of an improvement on the previous effort Chipwrecked. As usual the trio of CGI created singing chipmunks Continue reading

PAPER TOWNS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jake Schreier Stars: Nat Wolff, Cara Delevigne, Austin Abrams, Justice Smith, Halston Sage, Cara Buono, Griffin Freeman. It's good to come across a Young Adult tale that is actually grounded in a reality that audiences can relate to rather than being taken to a dystopian futuristic society or some fantasy world populated by wizards, witches, dungeons and dragons. Paper Towns is a mix of road journey, teenage romance and coming of age tale, but it cleverly avoids many of the usual cliches of the genre. The film is based on the novel Continue reading

PAUL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Greg Mottola Stars: Nick Frost, Simon Pegg, Jason Bateman, Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Sigourney Weaver. Paul is part road movie, part buddy comedy and another variation on the familiar aliens amongst us scenario. There have been numerous movies about aliens visiting Earth – ET, Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, Starman, and even Men In Black – but this entertaining comedy subverts many of the usual cliches of the sci-fi genre. Although some of its gags and cliches are obvious, Paul is still a lot of fun. Simon Pegg and Nick Continue reading