Monthly Archives: August 1997

FATHERS’ DAY

Reviewed by GREG KING (Village Roadshow) Director: Ivan Reitman Stars: Robin Williams, Billy Crystal, Charlie Hofheimer, Natassja Kinski, Julia Louis- Dreyfus, Bruce Greenwood, Mel Gibson (uncredited), Jared Harris, Patti D’Arbanville, Louis Lombardi, Ricky Harris. Unlike many Hollywood remakes of French farces, Ivan Reitman’s new comedy Fathers’ Day is hilarious stuff, marking something of an overdue [...]

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MARVIN’S ROOM

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jerry Zaks Stars: Diane Keaton, Meryl Streep, Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, Hal Scardino, Gwen Verdon, Hume Cronyn, Dan Hedaya, Margo Martindale, Cynthia Nixon. Showcasing some strong performances from a stellar cast, the wonderful tear jerker Marvin’s Room is a marvellously written, rich and honest drama that should not be [...]

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MEET WALLY SPARKS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Peter Baldwin Stars: Rodney Dangerfield, Dina Mazov, Burt Reynolds, David Ogden-Stiers, Lesley-Anne Down. Poor Rodney Dangerfield! The master of the quick one-liner and the biting put down can’t get any respect! And if he keeps making dud movies like this it’s probably no wonder! In his latest movie the bug-eyed [...]

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SMILLA’S FEELING FOR SNOW

Reviewed by GREG KING (Fox Searchlight) Director: Billie August Stars: Julia Ormond, Gabriel Byrne, Robert Loggia, Richard Harris, Vanessa Redgrave, Bob Peck, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi, Emma Croft, Tom Wilkinson, Mario Adorf, Jurgen Vogel Running time: 121 minutes. Fans of Danish author Peter Hoeg’s acclaimed novel Miss Smilla’s Feeling For Snow may be a little [...]

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THE FUNERAL

Reviewed by GREG KING (Village Roadshow) Director: Abel Ferrara Stars: Christopher Walken, Chris Penn, Benicio Del Toro, Vincent Gallo, Isabella Rossellini, Annabella Sciorra, Paul Hipp Running time: 98 minutes. Few contemporary film-makers depict the shattering violence of New York’s mean streets with quite the same ferocity and intensity as maverick director Abel Ferrara (Fear City, [...]

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FEVER PITCH

Reviewed by GREG KING (Globe) Director: David Evans Stars: Colin Firth, Ruth Gemmell, Mark Strong, Neil Pearson, Lorraine Ashbourne, Stephen Rea, Holly Aird, Ken Stott, Luke Aikman Running time: 102 minutes. The obsessive nature of a hard-core football fanatic is explored in this superb screen adaptation of Nick Hornby’s autobiographical novel. But Fever Pitch is [...]

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AUSTIN POWERS

Reviewed by GREG KING (New Line Cinema/Village Roadshow) Director: Jay Roach Stars: Mike Myers, Elizabeth Hurley, Michael York, Mimi Rogers, Seth Green, Robert Wagner, Will Farrell, Mindy Sterling, Paul Dillion, Fabiana Udenio, Joe Son, Burt Bacharach, uncredited cameos from Carrie Fisher, Christian Slater, Tom Arnold, Rob Lowe, Rob Cameletti, Larry Thomas. By day an internationally [...]

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FACE/OFF

Reviewed by GREG KING (Touchstone/Paramount/Village Roadshow) Director: John Woo Stars: John Travolta, Nicolas Cage, Joan Allen, Gina Gershon, Alessandro Nivola, Dominique Swain, Nick Cassavetes, Harve Presnell, Colm Feore, John Carroll Lynch, CCH Pounder, Margaret Cho, Robert Wisdom Running time: 135 minutes. It is obvious that John Travolta and Nicholas Cage had a lot of fun [...]

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