Happy Thanksgiving! Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1988)

Marking a sea-change in the surprisingly short directorial career of John Hughes, “Planes, Trains & Automobiles” sees the famed writer/ director move on from his high school teen-angst wheelhouse and branch out into the trials and tribulations of middle-age. Neal Page (Steve Martin), an advertising executive on a business trip to New York is heading…

Christmas With The Coopers (2015) Review

(Christmas) Cards on the table: I’ve got a sentimental streak a mile wide and it’s particularly attuned to Christmastime. You might have assumed from the trailer and marketing that this is a frothy, kooky slapstick comedy but it’s really not. There are strong echoes of Ron Howard’s 1989 classic “Parenthood” but director Jessie Nelson and…

Home (2015) Review

Adapted from Adam Rex’s children’s book “The True Meaning Of Smekday”, DreamWorks Animation’s “Home” is a colourful comedy adventure with a surprisingly small cast and a big old sappy heart worn proudly on its sleeve. When an alien race known as the Boov invade Earth, humanity finds itself relocated to the Australian outback in one of the…