CHIPS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Dax Shepard Stars: Dax Shepard, Michael Pena, Vincent D'Onofrio, Kristen Bell, Adam Brody, Isiah Whitlock jr, Jessica McNamee, Ryan Hansen, Justin Chatwin, Ben Falcone, Richard T Jones, Jane Kaczmarek, Adam Rodriguez, Maya Rudolph, Rosa Salazar. Producers continue to tap into Gen X nostalgia by adapting classic television shows from the 60s and 70s for the big screen. Often though they get it wrong, by either miscasting iconic roles or by misjudging the tone of the piece or not understanding the appeal of the original, thereby Continue reading

THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Antoine Fuqua Stars: Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio, Peter Sarsgaard, Haley Bennett, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Martin Sensmeier, Matt Bomer, Luke Grimes, Cam Giogandet, Jonathan Joss, Mark Ashworth. John Sturges' classic 1960 western The Magnificent Seven made stars out of Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson and James Coburn (who all later appeared in Sturges' epic WWII adventure The Great Escape in 1963). Sturges' film was inspired by the Akira Kurosawa's classic The Seven Samurai, regarded by some critics as Continue reading

JURASSIC WORLD

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Colin Trevorrow Stars: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D'Onofrio, Nick Robinson, Ty Simpkins, Omar Sy, Jake Johnson, Irrfan Khan, Judy Greer, BD Wong. It's a little over twenty years since Steven Spielberg gave us Jurassic Park, the story of a high tech theme park where nothing can possibly go wrong... until it does. Way back in 1993 Spielberg delivered some state of the art special effects that realistically brought dinosaurs and velociraptors to life. Jurassic Park was penned by Michael Crichton, an author with an interest Continue reading

RUN ALL NIGHT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jaume Collet-Sera Stars: Liam Neeson, Ed Harris, Joel Kinnaman, Vincent D'Onofrio, Bruce McGill, Boyd Holbrook, Common, Genesis Rodriguez, Lois Smith, Nick Nolte, James Martinez. Is Liam Neeson becoming the new Charles Bronson, a staple of the kind of routine, shoot-em-up vengeance vehicle that dominated the cinema in the 70s and early 80s? With films like Taken and its sequels, Non-stop, etc, Neeson has become the action hero du jour, and he manages to acquit himself well in these testosterone heavy roles. He has a solid and dependable Continue reading

THE JUDGE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: David Dobkin Stars: Robert Downey jr, Robert Duvall, Vincent D'Onofrio, Billy Bob Thornton, Vera Farmiga, Dax Shapard, Jeremy Strong, Ken Howard, Grace Zabriskie, Ken Howard, Balthazar Getty, David Krumholtz, Denis O'Hare, Leighton Meester, Emma Tremblay. The Judge is the first film produced under the auspices of Robert Downey jr's own fledgling production company, and this tale of a former bad boy finding redemption and forgiveness has palpable echoes of Downey's own true life fall from grace and eventual return to favour as a bona fide Continue reading