ANNIE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Will Gluck Stars: Jamie Foxx, Rose Byrne, Quvenzhane Wallis, Cameron Diaz, Bobby Cannavale, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, David Zayas, Zoe Margaret Colleti, Nicolette Pierini, Eden Duncan Smith, Amanda Troya, Dorian Missick, Tracie Thomas, Mike Birbiglia, Stephanie Kurtzuba. This new version of the feelgood hit play about the little orphan girl Annie searching for the parents who abandoned her is serviceable enough but probably unnecessary. The character was originally created for a comic strip by Harold Gray, but in the 70s Thomas Continue reading

ALI

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Michael Mann Stars: Will Smith, Mario Van Peebles, Jon Voight, Jamie Foxx, Ron Silver, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Albert Hall, Mykelti Williamson, Jeffrey Wright. Some twenty years ago I saw Tom Gries' biopic on Muhammad Ali, appropriately titled The Greatest, which starred the great man playing himself. Although a sanitised version of Ali's life given the circumstances of its production, The Greatest offered far more insight into the man widely acknowledged as the greatest boxer of all time, than this disappointing film from director Continue reading

THE LEGEND OF BAGGER VANCE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Robert Redford Stars: Matt Damon, Will Smith, Charlize Theron It was Mark Twain who once said that golf was a good walk spoiled by having to hit a little white ball. Cinematically, golf is hardly an exciting sport, although occasionally it has worked, especially in films like Happy Gilmore, and even to a lesser extent, Ron Shelton's Tin Cup. In his latest life affirming tale, director Robert Redford uses golf as a metaphor for life (much as he tried to do with fly fishing in the visually lush A River Runs Through It). The Legend Continue reading