Monthly Archives: July 1997

CONSPIRACY THEORY

Reviewed by GREG KING (Village Roadshow) Director: Richard Donner Stars: Mel Gibson, Julia Roberts, Patrick Stewart, Cylk Cozart. Richard Donner’s gripping new thriller further exploits the fascination with paranoid theories, high-level conspiracy and government cover ups that has been made popular through television series like The X Files, and its ilk. Conspiracy Theory begins slowly [...]

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ULYSSES’ GAZE

Reviewed by GREG KING (Palace) Director: Theo Angelopoulos Stars: Harvey Keitel , Erland Josephson, Maia Morgenstern, Thanassis Vengos, Yorgos Michalakopoulos, Dora Volanaki Running time: 178 minutes. With Ulysses’ Gaze, veteran Greek director Theo Angelopoulos attempts to put a century of ambiguity, ethnic conflict and bloody turmoil that has shaped central Europe into perspective. In this [...]

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THE VAN

Reviewed by GREG KING (Fox Searchlight) Director: Stephen Frears Stars: Colm Meaney, Donal O’Kelly, Ger Ryan, Caroline Rothwell, Neili Conroy, Ruaidhri Conroy, Brendan O’Carroll Running time: 97 minutes. The final instalment in Roddy Doyle’s acclaimed Barrytown trilogy, The Van is an honest, sharply written, and occasionally bitter black comedy. Doyle intimately knows the people and [...]

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BRASSED OFF

Reviewed by GREG KING (REP) Director: Mark Herman Stars: Pete Postlethwaite, Ewan McGregor, Tara Fitzgerald, Stephen Tompkinson, Jim Carter, Philip Jackson, Peter Martin, Sue Johnston, Peter Gunn Running time: 107 minutes. Writer/director Mark Herman, whose previous film was the disappointing comedy Blame It On The Bellboy, has always wanted to depict the plight of the [...]

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THE POLYGRAPH

Reviewed by GREG KING (Dendy) Director: Robert LePage Stars: Patrick Goyette, Marie Brassard, Peter Stormare, Maria de Medeiros, Josee Deschenes, James Hyndman Running time: 99 minutes. Acclaimed Canadian theatre director and visual artist Robert LePage turned to film directing last year with the visually stunning, Hitchcockian-flavoured thriller The Confessional. With his second film, the off [...]

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WALKING AND TALKING

Reviewed by GREG KING (Globe) Director: Nicole Holofcener Stars: Catherine Keener, Anne Heche, Liev Schreiber, Todd Field, Kevin Corrigan, Randall Batinkoff Running time: 86 minutes. A group of New York thirtysomething singles talking about relationships, their emotions, fears and expectations, seems to have become a staple of low budget, independent romantic comedies. Writer/director Nicole Holofcener’s [...]

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OUT TO SEA

Reviewed by GREG KING (20th Century Fox) Director: Martha Coolidge Stars: Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Brent Spiner, Dyan Cannon, Gloria De Haven, Elaine Stritch, Hal Linden, Donald O’Connor, Edward Mulhare, Rue McClanahan, Alexandra Powers, Sean O’Bryan Running time: 106 minutes. Having appeared together in a number of movies over the past three decades, Jack Lemmon [...]

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ABSOLUTE POWER

Reviewed by GREG KING (Columbia Tri-star) Director: Clint Eastwood Stars: Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Ed Harris, Laura Linney, Judy Davis, Scott Glenn, Dennis Haysbert, E G Marshall, Melora Hardin Running time: 120 minutes. Clint Eastwood returns to the Washington DC setting of his In The Line Of Fire with Absolute Power, a tense thriller about [...]

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