LEAN ON PETE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Andrew Haigh Stars: Charlie Plummer, Steve Buscemi, Chloe Sevigny, Travis Fimmel, Amy Seimetz, Lewis Pullman, Steve Zahn, Alison Elliott, Bob Olin. Lean On Pete is a gritty coming of age story about a boy and his love for a horse, but it is a far cry from the more family friendly films like Black Beauty, The Black Stallion, etc. Fifteen-year old Charley Thompson (played by Charlie Plummer, who played Christopher Plummer’s kidnapped grandson in the drama All The Money In The World) is an itinerant teen who is travelling around Continue reading

HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3: A MONSTER HOLIDAY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Genndy Tartakovsky Stars: voices of Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, Andy Samberg, Kevin James, Kathryn Hahn, Jim Gaffigan, Fran Drescher, David Spade, Steve Buscemi, Mel Brooks, Molly Shannon, Keegan-Michael Key, Chris Parnell, Joe Jonas, Asher Blinkoff. The animated Hotel Transylvania series has given Adam Sandler some of the biggest box office hits of his career, so it’s little wonder that he has returned for a third helping of this monster comedy franchise. Sandler voices the character of Dracula, a widower and a loving father, Continue reading

THE DEATH OF STALIN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Armando Iannucci Stars: Steve Buscemi, Jeffrey Tambor, Simon Russell Beale, Michael Palin, Jason Isaacs, Andrea Riseborough, Paddy Considine, Olga Kurylenko, Adrian McLoughlin, Rupert Friend, Dermot Crowley, Paul Chahidi, Karl Johnson. Armando Iannucci is best known for his work on political satires like the Emmy award winning Julia Louise Dreyfuss sitcom Veep, and The Thick Of It and In The Loop, both of which featured the foul mouthed political fixer Malcolm Tucker (played with savage glee by Continue reading

TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Michael Bay Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Hopkins, Laura Haddock, Josh Duhamel, Isabela Moner, Glenn Morshower, John Turturro, Tony Hale, Mitch Pileggi, Santiago Cabrera, Jim Galligan, Stanley Tucci, voices of Peter Cullen, Frank Welker, Erik Aadahl, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Ken Watanabe, Jim Carter, Omar Sy, Reno Wilson, John DiMaggio, Jess Harnell, Gemma Chan. Michael Bay makes more robot porn for 13-year-old boys. Transformers: The Last Knight is the fifth instalment in Michael Bay’s series of big budget special effects Continue reading

NORMAN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Joseph Cedar Stars: Richard Gere, Lior Ashkenzai, Steve Buscemi, Charlotte Gainsbourgh, Michael Sheen, Dan Stevens, Harris Yulin, Hanz Azaria, Josh Charles, Isaach de Bankole, Ann Dowd. Richard Gere finds one of his best roles in quite some time in this quirky Jewish comedy from filmmaker Joseph Cedar. Norman is the English language feature debut for Cedar, who gave us 2011’s Footnote, which explored the complicated relationship between a father and son team of Talmudic scholars. Cedar’s films are quintessentially Jewish in Continue reading