Monthly Archives: September 2011

CRAZY STUPID LOVE – interview with directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa

by GREG KING Life is often messy, and the new romantic comedy Crazy, Stupid, Love reflects the darker side of life and the complex nature of relationships. Directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa agree. “We always wanted to bring the audience in thinking it was a romantic comedy and then take it some place unexpected. [...]

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FOOTLOOSE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Craig Brewer Stars: Kenny Wormald, Julianne Hough, Dennis Quaid, Andie MacDowell, Miles Teller, Ziah Colon, Ray McKinnon, Patrick John Flueger, Brett Rice, Ser’Darius Blain. This is one remake that actually is quite good and doesn’t besmirch the original. Dean Pritchford, who wrote the original Footloose in 1984, has tweaked his [...]

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ABDUCTION

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: John Singleton Stars: Taylor Lautner, Lily Collins, Alfred Molina, Maria Bello, Jason Isaacs, Sigourney Weaver, Michael Nyqvist, Elisabeth Rohm, Victor Slezak, Denzel Whitaker. Abduction is a big budget attempt to present hunky Twilight star Taylor Lautner as an action hero, a sort of high school Jason Bourne. While his legion [...]

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CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Werner Herzog. In 1994 a couple of French archaeologists discovered a limestone cave on the Ardecehe River that had been hidden for centuries following a rock slide. Inside the caves they found the walls covered with artwork and rock paintings that dated back some 32,000 years. These are pristine [...]

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THE LION KING

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Rob Minkoff Stars: voices of Jeremy Irons, Matthew Broderick, James Earl Jones, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Rowan Atkinson, Whoopi Goldberg, Nathan Lane, Jim Cummings.   Can you feel the love tonight, indeed! As with Aladdin before it, Disney’s 32nd full length animated feature film is a guilty pleasure which adults can [...]

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JOHNNY ENGLISH REBORN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Oliver Parker Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Gillian Anderson, Dominic West, Rosamund Pike, Richard Schiff, Stephen Campbell Moore, Daniel Kaluuva, Pik-sen Lim.   This tired, laboured, belated and unnecessary sequel to the subpar Bond spoof Johnny English should have been stillborn! Rubbery faced comic Rowan Atkinson is great and very funny as [...]

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MONTE CARLO

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Thomas Bezucha Stars: Selena Gomez, Katie Cassidy, Leighton Meester, Pierre Boulnager, Cory Monteith, Luke Bracey, Catherine Tate,  Andie MacDowall, Brett Cullen, Giulio Berruti. Monte Carlo is a squeaky clean, inoffensive family friendly fantasy about romance, friendship and mistaken identities played out against some exotic locations. The film will appeal strongly [...]

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MANUAL OF LOVE 3: THE AGES OF LOVE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Giovanni Veronesi Stars: Robert Di Niro, Monica Bellucci, Riccardo Scarmarcio, Emanuele Propizio, Laura Chiatti, Carlo Verdone, Donatella Finocchairo, Matilde Maggio, Michele Placido. This third film in director Giovanni Veronesi’s Manual Of Love series is a relatively lightweight romantic comedy that takes a slightly different route. Instead of a series of [...]

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