TROLLS

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Walt Dohrn, Mike Mitchell Stars: voices of Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Zooey Deschanel, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jeffrey Tambor, John Cleese, Russell Brand, James Corden, Gwen Stefani, Quvenzhane Wallis. In Norse mythology trolls were ugly, slow witted, fearsome flesh eating giants, as seen in Andre Ovredal's 2010 horror fantasy Troll Hunter. In modern cyberspeak a troll is an indivudual who prowls the internet posting nasty and inflammatory remarks on community noticeboards to sow discord. In this cute and colourful Continue reading

OUR IDIOT BROTHER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jesse Peretz Stars: Paul Rudd, Kathryn Hahn, Emily Mortimer, Steve Coogan, Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, Shirley Knight, Hugh Dancy, T J Miller. The rather politically incorrectly titled Our Idiot Brother is a mildly amusing and quirky character driven comedy about a well-meaning slacker who accidentally creates chaos for his three self-absorbed, highly-strung, selfish sisters. The film is full of such painfully personal incidents and observations about family dynamics and dysfunctional relationships that it seems partly Continue reading

YOUR HIGHNESS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: David Gordon Green Stars: James Franco, Danny McBride, Natalie Portman, Zooey Deschanel, Justin Theroux, Charles Dance, Damian Lewis, Toby Jones. If Judd Apatow had made The Princess Bride, then chances are if would have ended up resembling Your Highness. Your Highness is not a parody of the cliches of the fantasy genre (like Epic Movie, etc), but rather an irreverent, contemporary flavoured comedic take on the medieval adventure. The opening credits sequence immediately alerts us to what to expect, as we see an old fashioned Continue reading

EULOGY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Michael Clancy Stars: Ray Romano, Hank Azaria, Debra Winger, Zooey Deschanel, Jesse Bradford, Famke Janssen, Piper Laurie, Kelly Preston, Glenne Headly, Rip Torn This mordantly funny black comedy about death and the dysfunctional family comes from first time feature film director Michael Clancy, and its semi-autobiographical nature has a painful ring of personal honesty and truth to it. Following the sudden death of the family patriarch Edmund (Rip Torn, wasted as a corpse), three generations of the Collins family gather for Continue reading