A WRINKLE IN TIME

Reviewed by GREG KING Director Ava DuVernay Stars: Storm Reid, Levi Miller, Reese Witherspoon, Oprah Winfrey, Mindy Kaling, Chris Pine, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Pena, Deric McCabe, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Andrew Holland, Rowan Blanchard, David Oyelowo, Daniel MacPherson, Tim Kang. Madeleine L’Engle’s popular 1962 YA fantasy novel A Wrinkle In Time has long been considered difficult to adapt to the screen. There was a four-hour television miniseries made for Canadian tv in 2004 which featured some shoddy special effects and ordinary performances. This version has Continue reading

THE MAZE RUNNER: THE DEATH CURE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Wes Ball Stars: Dylan O'Brien, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Kaya Scodelario, Aidan Gillen, Patricia Clarkson, Will Poulter, Dexter Darden, Barry Pepper, Rosa Salazer, Giancarlo Esposito, Ki Hong Lee, Jacob Lofland, Walton Goggins, Katherine McNamara, Nathalie Emmanuel. The Maze Runner: The Death Cure successfully brings to a conclusion the generic, post-apocalyptic dystopian saga based on the ambitious but hugely popular series of novels written by James Dashner. And unlike a couple of other YA adaptations, at least here the producers Continue reading

MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Tim Burton Stars: Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Ella Purcell, Samuel L Jackson, Chris O'Dowd, Judi Dench, Rupert Everett, Milo Parker, Terence Stamp, Kim Dickens, Allison Janney, Finlay MacMillan, Lauren McCrostie. Harry Potter meets X-Men on Groundhog Day? For years Jake Portman (Asa Butterfield, from Hugo, etc) has heard fantastic stories from his grandfather Abe (Terence Stamp) about the time he spent in a fantastic orphanage in the years before WWII. However, Jake's parents have done their best to dismiss his stories as fanciful Continue reading

THE DUFF

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ari Sandel Stars: Mae Whitman, Robbie Amell, Bella Thorne, Allison Janney, Ken Jeong, Skyler Samuels, Bianca Santos, Nick Eversman, Romany Malco, Chris Wylde. The dynamics of high school years are fertile material for filmmakers who can explore this psychological minefield of cliques, bullying, pecking orders, identity, and entrenched attitudes. It is a setting that has given us some great films, with John Hughes' classic The Breakfast Club, Heathers, Mean Girls, Juno and Easy A amongst the standouts in this subgenre. And now we get The Continue reading

I AM NUMBER FOUR

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: D J Caruso Stars: Alex Pettyfer, Teresa Palmer, Timothy Olyphant, Jake Abel, Callan McAulliffe, Diana Agron. With the incredibly successful Harry Potter and Twilight franchises reaching their conclusion, filmmakers are obviously on the hunt for the next big thing in teen fiction to kick start another lucrative and long running series. But with both the recent Percy Jackson and Alex Ryder series failing to attract large audiences, high hopes rest with I Am Number Four. The film basically shares a number of broad thematic Continue reading