VENOM

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ruben Fleischer Stars: Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Jenny Slate, Scott Haze, Reid Scott, Woody Harrelson, Peggy Lu. Yet another superhero movie, this one featuring a second-tier character from the Marvel stable. Or should that be a super-anti-hero, because Venom is not your usual superhero? We first met Venom in the Sam Raimi-helmed Spiderman 3, when he was played by Topher Grace. And despite its origins with Spiderman, Venom clearly sits outside the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film itself has been produced by Sony Continue reading

SAN ANDREAS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Brad Peyton Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino, Alexandra Daddario, Paul Giamatti, Ioan Gruffudd, Archie Panjabi, Colton Haynes, Hugo Johnstone-Burt, Art Parkinson,Kylie Minogue, Will Yun Lee, Matt Gerald, Alec Utgoff. In the 70s the disaster film was quite a popular genre, with producer Irwin Allen establishing the template with films such as Earthquake, The Towering Inferno, The Poseidon Adventure. Along with films like Airport the genre dominated at the box office in the early 70s until a few lesser efforts tanked. These films Continue reading

THE AGE OF ADALINE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Lee Toland Krieger Stars: Blake Lively, Michiel Huisman, Harrison Ford, Kathy Baker, Ellen Burstyn, Cara Richardson, Anada Crew, Richard Harmon. Adaline Bowman (Blake Lively, from the tv series Gossip Girl, etc) is 29. Adaline Bowman has been 29 for the past seven decades. Unlike Dorian Grey though who had an oil painting in the attic growing old and decrepit while he retained his youth and vigour, Adaline's unchanging age is the result of a more scientific incident. During an unusual snowfall late one night Adaline's car skidded Continue reading