THE ONLY LIVING BOY IN NEW YORK

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Marc Webb Stars: Callum Turner, Kate Beckinsale, Pierce Brosnan, Cynthia Nixon, Jeff Bridges, Kiersey Clemons, Wallace Shawn, Tate Donovan, Anh Duong, Debi Mazar, Bill Camp. Taking its title from a Simon and Garfunkel song, The Only Living Boy In New York is a gentle coming of age drama that explores themes of family, love and relationships and the messy nature of life. The film follows the story of Thomas Webb (played by British actor and model Callum Turner, from Green Room, etc), a naive young man Continue reading

MAGGIE’S PLAN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Rebecca Miller Stars: Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke, Julianne Moore, Travis Fimmel, Bill Hader, Maya Rudolph, Wallace Shawn. I find Greta Gerwig an annoying screen presence, especially given her penchant for playing flighty, self-centred and kooky characters in those quirky New York based hipster romantic comedies from the likes of Noah Baumbach with whom she has regularly collaborated (Frances Ha, etc). Those annoying and irritating characteristics that were especially grating in the recent Mistress America are to the fore again in Continue reading

THE DOUBLE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Richard Ayoade Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Mia Wasikowska, Wallace Shawn, Noah Taylor, Chris O'Dowd, Sally Hawkins, James Fox, Cathy Moriarty, Yasmin Paige, Chris Morris, J Mascus. British writer/director Richard Ayoade came to prominence as an actor in popular tv series The Mighty Boosh and The IT Crowd, and his offbeat sensibility and droll sense of humour permeated his 2010 feature film debut as a director, the quirky and lowkey coming of age tale Submarine. His second film as a director takes his absurd sense of humour and weirdness to a Continue reading

VEGAS VACATION

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Stephen Kessler Stars: Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Ethan Embry, Marisol Nichols, Randy Quaid, Wayne Newton, Sid Caesar, Wallace Shawn,Christie Brinkley The very thought of the Griswold clan, America's most hapless and naive family of holiday makers, venturing into the neon lit playground of America's gambling Mecca for a week long vacation should provide enough chuckles, one would think. But don't bet on it! The fourth installment in this series of crass, low brow movies in which popular holiday destinations are trashed is Continue reading