Monthly Archives: April 1997

LUST AND REVENGE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Paul Cox Stars: Nicholas Hope, Gosia Dobrowski, Claudia Karvan, Victoria Eagger, Chris Haywood, Nicholas Kaye, Wendy Hughes, Ulli Birve, Robert Menzies, Bryan Dawe, John Hargreaves, Pamela Rabe, Max Gillies. Running time: 95 minutes. Sex, art and religion are common concerns throughout most of Paul Cox’s films, and these themes are [...]

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BLOOD AND WINE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Bob Rafelson Stars: Jack Nicholson, Michael Caine, Stephen Dorff, Jennifer Lopez, Judy Davis, Mike Starr Running time: 105 minutes. Twenty years ago Bob Rafelson and Jack Nicholson combined to bring to the screen some penetrating and haunting studies of greed, desperation and ruthless ambition. Since the steamy 1981 remake of [...]

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TURBULENCE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Robert Butler Stars: Ray Liotta, Lauren Holly, Ben Cross, Hector Elizondo, Rachel Ticotin, Brendan Gleeson, Catherine Hicks. The obvious temptation here would be to casually dismiss Turbulence as Airport 97! But thankfully this gripping yet often implausible and outrageously over the top thriller is much better than anything contained in [...]

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CARLA’S SONG

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ken Loach Stars: Robert Carlyle, Oynaka Cabezas, Scott Glenn, Subash Sing Pall, Richard Loza, Gary Lewis Running time: 127 minutes. Ken Loach has championed the plight of Britain’s working class in his searingly honest and compelling, yet uncomfortably bleak dramas that are often peppered with strong doses of black humour. [...]

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THE RELIC

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Peter Hyams Stars: Penelope Ann Miller, Tom Sizemore, James Whitmore, Linda Hunt, Clayton Rohner, Chi Muoi Lo, Robert Lesser Running time: 110 minutes. Alien in the museum? This glib one-liner is probably the best way to describe Peter Hyams’ new horror film The Relic. Hyams has always been a very [...]

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DONNIE BRASCO

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Mike Newell Stars: Al Pacino, Johnny Depp, Michael Madsen, Bruno Kirby, Anne Heche, James Russo Running time: 126 minutes. Proving once again that truth is often stranger than fiction, Donnie Brasco tells the story of an idealistic young FBI agent who spent three years undercover with the mob in order [...]

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A SELF MADE HERO

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jacques Audiard Stars: Matthieu Kassovitch, Nadia Barentin, Sandrine Kiberlain, Anouk Grinberg, Albert Dupontel, Jean-Louis Trintignant Running time: 105 minutes. In any war, the first casualty is always the truth! And so it seems with this wry and cynical comic drama from France that offers a wonderfully subversive and ironic comment [...]

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THE CHAMBER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: James Foley Stars: Chris O’Donnell, Gene Hackman, Faye Dunaway, Lela Rochon, Robert Prosky, David Marshall Grant, Raymond Barry, Bo Jackson, Josef Sommer, Nicholas Pryor, Harve Presnell, Richard Bradford Running time: 110 minutes. A far cry from the lightweight drama and largely implausible conspiracy themes of The Pelican Brief, etc, The [...]

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