Monthly Archives: May 1999

THE THIRTEENTH FLOOR

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Josef Rusnak Stars: Craig Bierko, Vincent D’Onofrio, Gretchen Mol, Armin Mueller-Stahl Michael Crichton’s Westworld sounded the first cautionary warning about the possibilities of what could happen when a computerised theme park ran out of control. His Jurassic Park updated the concept, with its additional theme of man tampering with nature. [...]

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AMONG GIANTS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Sam Miller Stars: Pete Postlethwaite, Rachel Griffiths, James Thornton, Lennie James, Andy Serkis, Rob Jarvis, Alan Williams, Sharon Bower, Steve Huison. Simon Beaufoy, writer of The Full Monty, knows the depressing working class areas of northern England quite well, and he returns to this familiar background for the setting of [...]

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THE WINSLOW BOY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: David Mamet Stars: Nigel Hawthorne, Rebecca Pidgeon, Jeremy Northam, Gemma Jones, Guy Edwards, Matthew Pidgeon, Colin Stinton, Aden Gillett, Sarah Flind, Alan Polanski. In 1912, The Winslow family is shattered when their 13 year old son Ronnie (Guy Edwards) is expelled from naval college after being convicted of stealing a [...]

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THE HAUNTING

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jan De Bont Stars: Liam Neeson, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Lili Taylor, Owen Wilson, Bruce Dern, Marian Seldes, Todd Field, Virginia Madsen. Robert Wise’s The Haunting, his 1963 adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s novel The Haunting Of Hill House, is still highly regarded as an effectively spooky film and a classic of the [...]

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PASSION

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Peter Duncan Stars: Richard Roxburgh, Barbara Hershey, Emily Woof, Claudia Karvan, Simon Burke, Lynda Cropper, Jamie Croft. “Passion can destroy a genius if it is not contained.” There’s probably a great film yet to be made about the life and excesses of legendary, eccentric Australian pianist Percy Grainger, who dominated [...]

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SIMPLY IRRESISTIBLE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Mark Tarlov Stars: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Sean Patrick Flanery, Patricia Clarkson, Dylan Baker, Christopher Durang, Betty Buckley, Christopher Durang, Larry Gilliard jr I’ve seen three romantic comedies in the space of as many days, and Simply Irresistible is easily the best of the lot. It is charming, magical, enjoyable and, [...]

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NEVER BEEN KISSED

Reviewed by GREG KING. Chicago reporter Josie Geller (Drew Barrymore) returns to high school on an undercover assignment to report about modern adolescents. In her high school days, Josie was a geek with an uncool dress sense and braces, and was the butt of many cruel practical jokes. In short, her school years were a [...]

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SAVING PRIVATE RYAN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Steven Spielberg Stars:Tom Hanks, Edward Burns, Tom Sizemore, Matt Damon, Jeremy Davies, Barry Pepper, Adam Goldberg, Vin Diesel, Giovanni Ribisi, Ted Danson, Paul Giamatti, Dennis Farina, Dale Dye, Harve Presnell Running Time:167 minutes. Loosely inspired by the poignant, true 1944 wartime drama The Sullivans comes the powerful and ultimately moving [...]

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