Monthly Archives: February 1997

PARKLANDS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Kathyrn Millard Stars: Cate Blanchett, Tony Martin Running time: 53 minutes. Following the death of her policeman father, Rosie (Cate Blanchett, from the ABC series Heartland, etc) returns home to the suburbs of Adelaide. She comes across some old diaries her father kept, which hint at corruption within the force. [...]

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BASQUIAT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Julian Schnabel Stars: Jeffrey Wright, David Bowie, Dennis Hopper, Gary Oldman, Benicio Del Toro, Michael Wincott, Elena Lowensohn, Christopher Walken, Courtney Love, Willem Dafoe, Paul Bartel, Tatum O’Neal, Parker Posey, Claire Forlani,Michael Badalucco Running time: 106 minutes. Most film biographies tracing the lives of famous painters inevitably depict them as [...]

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FEMALE PERVERSIONS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Susan Streitfield Stars: Tilda Swinton,, Amy Madigan, Karen Sillas, Pauline Porizkova, Clancy Brown, Frances Fisher, Laila Robins, Dale Shuger, John Diehl Running time: 110 minutes. Louise J Kaplan’s learned but obscure Freudian feminist treatise exploring complex issues of female behaviour and sexuality would seem to be unusual source material for [...]

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GUILTRIP

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Gerard Stenbridge Stars: Andrew Connolly, Jasmine Russell, Michelle Houlden, Peter Hanly, Pauline McLynn, Frankie McCafferty, Mikel Murfi, Fintan Lee Running time: 87 minutes. Set in contemporary Ireland, Guiltrip is a chilling psychological thriller and a shatteringly potent cautionary tale about the way in which domestic violence, fear and loathing, intimate [...]

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THE PREACHER’S WIFE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Penny Marshall Stars: Denzel Washington, Whitney Houston, Courtney B Vance, Gregory Hines, Jenifer Lewis, Loretta Devine, Justin Pierre Edmund, Lionel Richie, Paul Bates Christmas has already been and gone, leaving this perfect seasonal offering high and dry, like a left over turkey. This feel good but moderately entertaining romantic comedy [...]

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FLAMENCO

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Carlos Saura Running time: 100 minutes. In his latest film, acclaimed Spanish director Carlos Saura attempts to capture the intensity, passion, spontaneity and percussive rhythms of flamenco music. One of the most expensive and ambitious dance documentaries ever mounted for the screen, Flamenco is a personal labour of love [...]

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THE FRIGHTENERS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Peter Jackson Stars: Michael J Fox, Trini Alvarado, Peter Dobson, John Astin, R Lee Ermey, Jeffrey Coombs, Jake Busey, Dee Wallace Stone, Chi McBride, Jim Fyfe, Troy Evans, Julianna McCarthy Running time: 106 minutes. New Zealand director Peter Jackson gave us such gruesome and gory yet perversely entertaining C-grade shockers [...]

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DANTE’S PEAK

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Roger Donaldson Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Linda Hamilton, Charles Hallahan, Grant Heslov, Elizabeth Hoffman, Jamie Renee Smith, Jeremy Foley, Peter Jason Running time: 112 minutes. After the success of Twister, disaster movies are back in vogue in a big way, and it seems that having experienced floods, fires and earthquakes, audiences [...]

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