At The Movies

Thursday 28 April 2016, with Simon Morris

AT THE MOVIES #636 – REBOOTS, RETREADS AND RIPOFFS

Simon Morris looks forward to a year of sequels and remakes, including a new Ghostbusters, Magnificent Seven and – believe it or not – Ben-Hur.   This week he goes to the new Disney live-action remake of an animated favourite, The Jungle Book.  He also reviews two new titles – the New Zealand film Orphans and Kingdoms about a home invasion on Waiheke Island, and Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, a comedy set in a rather bigger invasion in Afghanistan.

Orphans and Kingdoms

5:32 PM.Simon reviews an independent New Zealand drama, directed by Paolo Rotondo, about three street-kids who invade a home on wealthy Waiheke Island.

The Jungle Book

7:31 PM.Simon reviews the remake of the animated hit of the 1960s, The Jungle Book, featuring the voices of Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley and Scarlett Johanssen.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

7:33 PM.Simon reviews a comedy set in Afghanistan, starring Tina Fey and Margot Robbie as two freelance journalists in a war-zone.

Featured this week – The Jungle Book, starring the voices of Sir Ben Kingsley, Bill Murray and Idris Elba.

Orphans and Kingdoms, an independent New Zealand drama about three South Auckland street kids who invade a luxury mansion on Waiheke Island.  Directed by Paolo Rotondo.

And Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, a comedy starring Tina Fey and Margot Robbie as two war correspondents in the “forgotten war” of Afghanistan.  Directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (Bad Santa).