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

CAPTAIN FANTASTIC

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Matt Ross Stars: Viggo Mortensen, George MacKay, Frank Langella, Kathryn Hahn, Steve Zahn, Nicholas Hammond, Anne Dowd, Samantha Isler, Annalise Basso, Shree Crooks, Charlie Shotwell, Trin Miller. Despite the title this is not a superhero movie. Captain Fantastic is a quirky mix of comedy, drama, journey of self discovery, and coming of age story and something quite different from the usual mainstream fare. Ben Cash (Viggo Mortensen) and his wife Leslie have left behind civilization, living off the grid and raising their kids in Continue reading

THE GOOD DINOSAUR

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Peter Sohn Stars: voices of Jeffery Wright, Frances McDormand, Sam Elliott, Steve Zahn, Raymond Ochoa, Jack Bright, Peter Sohn, Maleah Nipay-Padilla, Anna Paquin, John Ratzenberger. Pixar animation films have always been characterised by the quality of the sophisticated writing and the emotional substance to their stories (Toy Story 2, Up, Wall.E, etc), although lately the quality has dropped with formulaic films like Planes, Brave, Cars 2, etc. The 16th film from Pixar studios is The Good Dinosaur, which is an enjoyable enough yarn but Continue reading

YOU’VE GOT MAIL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Nora Ephron Stars: Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Parker Posey, Greg Kinnear, Jean Stapleton, Steve Zahn, Dave Chappelle, Heather Burns, Dabney Coleman, John Randolph. With the charming Sleepless In Seattle, writer/director Nora Ephron successfully remade the '40's tear jerker An Affair To Remember, as a vehicle for Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. Ephron attempts to recapture much of that same magic with this pleasant enough remake of Ernst Lubitsch's 1940 comedy The Shop Around The Corner. Based on Nikolaus Laszlo's play Parfumerie, the film has Continue reading