SHE’S FUNNY THAT WAY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Peter Bogdanovich Stars: Owen Wilson, Imogen Poots, Rhys Ifans, Kathryn Hahn, Jennifer Aniston, Will Forte, Austin Pendleton, Joanna Lumley, Cybill Shepherd, Michael Shannon, Tatum O'Neal, Debi Mazar, George Morgofen, Tovah Feldshuh, Colleen Camp, Jennifer Esposito. We haven't seen much from former film historian and critic turned director Peter Bogdanovich on the big screen for a long time, as he has spent much of the past two decades concentrating on tv movies and directing the odd music video and an occasional episode of The Sopranos. Continue reading

LIFE OF CRIME

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Daniel Schecter Stars: Jennifer Aniston, John Hawkes, yasiin bey, Tim Robbins, Isla Fisher, Mark Boone Junior, Will Forte, Charlie Tahan. The gritty crime novels of the late, great and prolific Elmore Leonard feature a colourful cast of inept, low life crooks who are usually out of their depth and caught up in ambitious but half-baked crooked enterprises that inevitably go awry. Leonard's dialogue is droll and snappy and his prose style is inherently cinematic, which means they should lend themselves to the big screen. But it takes a Continue reading

NEBRASKA

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Alexander Payne Stars: Bruce Dern, June Squibb, Will Forte, Stacy Keach, Tim Driscoll, Kevin Ratray, Bob Odenkirk. On his bleak, uncompromising, sparse 1982 acoustic album Nebraska, Bruce Springsteen sung haunting and evocative tales of despair, of dreams turned sour and of financial ruin and the slow decline of the American heartland. Some of the songs offered little hope of salvation. And Alexander Payne's bittersweet new film, also called Nebraska, is a similarly bleak, sparse and uncompromising eulogy to the dying way of life in Continue reading