GREED – Rated R – 1 hr. 44 mins.

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GREED – Rated R – 1 hr. 44 mins.

WRITER/DIRECTOR – Michael Winterbottom

WRITER – Sean Gray

STARRING – Steve Coogan, Isla Fisher, Shirley Henderson, David Mitchell, Asa Butterfield, Dinita Gohil, and Sophie Cookson

As we travel throughout a satire based on the life of a ruthless, super-rich Fashion tycoon Sir Richard McCreadie (Steve Coogan), it seems that power and wealth have been flowing through his veins since birth.  As this self-made man focuses more on his fashion empire, than his ex-wife, his new wife, or his totally screwed up children, it seems that parliament wants to have a few words with him, regarding his unscrupulous business dealings both in the UK, and abroad.

And as we soon find out, you might want to be a tad more cautious of your greedy mis dealings, and how you treat your business associates, friends, and most of all, family too, as karma is coming for you…and in way too many directions for you to truly comprehend…

I give GREED a rating of WAIT AND CATCH THIS FILM ON NETFLIX or STREAMING:  Coogan is totally entertaining, playing the ruthless fashion icon tyrant that is hell bent on amassing a fortune, off the backs of the poor seamstresses of many foreign lands.  And it seems too, that this particular role was written totally for Coogan to play, as he doesn’t seem to have to stretch to far artistically, for this rather good performance.  But as a whole, it seems that the other characters throughout, including Isla Fisher playing his still smitten ex-wife, are all rather superficial and one-dimensional, as she, and all the other characters feel as if they were just created as filler throughout this particular storyline.  I guess I should also make a point to commend Director and Writer Michael Winterbottom’s attempt to bring to light the plague of the fashion industry…as many garment workers toil in factories for mere dollars per day, as the owners of the fashion houses rake in the millions from consumers annually,  but I also think that since he conveyed this sentiment all throughout his film, the statistics he’s shares at the end of the film just comes across as an attempt to overstate the obvious.  Bottom line is, if you love Isla Fischer like I do, and if you adore Steve Coogan too, then taking an hour and 45 minutes out of you hectic schedule to catch this sometimes funny, sometimes demented, sometimes tragic film at home on your big screen, than by all means, please do so.  But,  if you’re contemplating heading out to catch GREED at a theater near you, please heed my warning, as I’m afraid when it’s all said and done, that you will feel like you not only wasted travel time, but some of your hard earned cash for this less-than-perfect film.

Review of STAN & OLLIE – Rated PG

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STAN & OLLIE – Rated PG – 1 hr. 37 mins 

DIRECTOR:  Jon S. Baird

WRITER:  Jeff Pope

STARRING:  John C. Reilly, Steve Coogan, Shirley Henderson, and Nina Arianda

Venturing back in to the movie archives of yesteryear, we find that comedic movie legends Oliver Hardy (John C. Reilly) and his co-hart, both on and off the screen and stage, Stan Laurel (Steve Coogan) both find themselves in the downward spiral of their illustrious career.

As they attempt to make a comeback for their adoring fans, Laurel & Hardy set out, with wives Lucille (Shirley Henderson) and Ida (Nia Arianda) eventually in tow too, to do a stage tour of England… while also in hopes of jump starting their famous movie career once again too.

But as our comedic geniuses soon find, even with all of their adoring fans around the world still coming to see them in droves, their day in the sun, and the limelight of the big screen has definitely diminished.  Now with Hardy’s ailing health becoming an issue, and Laurel’s inability to move on without his friend by his side…they both must face the reality it seems that “All good things must come to an end” …

I give STAN & OLLIE a rating between MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN and WAIT AND CATCH THIS FILM ON DVD! If you are a big fan of either John C. Reilly, or Steve Coogan for that matter, or if you love incredible true-life stories combined with picture-perfect performances, along with as much nostalgia as they could put upon the screen, then you must see this truly heart-felt story on a big screen near you.  Reilly and Coogan are impeccably cast as the dynamic duo of vaudeville ~ and motion pictures ~ and their performances throughout this film will leave you feeling rather melancholy, as they whisk you away into the comedic joys of this partnership, and into the pain and anguish they are both faced with in their declining years.  From the wistfulness of a time gone by, to a friendship that somehow manages to stand the test of time, STAN & OLLIE is truly a complete “treasure of a film”.  But, if you don’t have any point of reference to these fine gentleman, or their comedic skills ~ or if you aren’t as taken as I am with experiencing the joy and excitement of “days gone by”, then you might not feel as giddy as I did experiencing this film, thus leaving me to suggest that you might be happier catching this film when it hits on DVD in a few short weeks.  But by the same standpoint, if you are in any way intrigued to see these incredible actors giving award-worthy performances, playing these world-famous comedians, then maybe you should step out of your comfort zone a little bit this weekend, and go catch STAN & OLLIE at a theater near you anyway…

Kathy Kaiser

DESPICABLE ME 3 – Rated PG – 1 hr. 30 mins.

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DESPICABLE ME 3 – Rated PG – 1 hr. 30 mins.

Starring the voices of Steve Carrell, Kristen Wiig, Trey Parker, Pierre Coffin, Steve Coogan, and Julie Andrews

Well the crew of Gru, Lucy and their daughters along with Mel and the rest of the Minions are back in Despicable Me 3.

The main story line is the struggle between good vs evil both externally (the battle with Villain Bratt-voiced by Trey Parker) and within Gru’s (Steve Carell) inner conscience.

The movie has several story lines, the action will keep the kids attention the entire time and there is totally enough adult humor to keep Mom, and Dad engaged too..

The Minions’ scenes are humorous throughout as well.

On a scale of one to five ~ I give DESPICABLE ME 3 a rating of three and one-half Minions.

Bill & Irene Dixon

 

Check out Illumination’s New Trailer released on #NationalPetDay 4/11/2016

Happy #NationalPetDay from The Secret Life of Pets!

 In celebration of National Pet Day, a new trailer for THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS just debuted during Late Night with Seth Meyers! Watch and share the adorable new trailer

THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS – In Theaters July 8

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For their fifth fully-animated feature-film collaboration, Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures present The Secret Life of Pets, a comedy about the lives our pets lead after we leave for work or school each day.

Comedy superstars Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet and Kevin Hart make their animated feature-film debuts in The Secret Life of Pets, which co-stars Jenny Slate, Ellie Kemper, Lake Bell, Dana Carvey, Hannibal Buress, Bobby Moynihan, Steve Coogan and Albert Brooks.  Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri and his longtime collaborator Janet Healy produce the film directed by Chris Renaud (Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2), co-directed by Yarrow Cheney and written by Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio and Brian Lynch.

Genre: Comedy

Cast: Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Jenny Slate, Ellie Kemper, Lake Bell, Dana Carvey, Hannibal Buress, Bobby Moynihan, Steve Coogan and Albert Brooks

Directed by: Chris Renaud

Co-Director: Yarrow Cheney

Written by: Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio and Brian Lynch

Produced by: Chris Meledandri, Janet Healy

Download the new character posters & more:

http://www.bighonchomedia.com/assets/UNIVERSAL/pets.zip