Monthly Archives: August 1999

IN DREAMS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Neil Jordan Stars: Annette bening, Robert Downey jr, Aidan Quinn, Stephen Rea, Paul Guilfoyle, Margo Martindale, Dennis Boutsikaris. The best films from director Neil Jordan are those set in his native Ireland (The Crying Game, Michael Collins, etc), while his big budget Hollywood entertainments (We’re No Angels, etc) are bland [...]

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IN A SAVAGE LAND

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Bill Bennett Stars: Rufus Sewell, Martin Donovan, Maya Stange, Max Cullen, John Howard, Andrew S Gilbert, Susan Lyons, Marshall Napier Just before the outbreak of World War Two, a pair of newly wed anthropologists venture to the Trobriand Islands off New Guinea to study the sexual habits and rituals of [...]

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TEACHING MRS TINGLE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Kevin Williamson Stars: katie Holmes, Helen Mirren, Barry Watson, Molly Ringwald, Marisa Coughlan, Lesley Ann Warren, Vivica Fox, Michael McKean, Liz Stauber, Jeffrey Tambor Kevin Williamson is one of the hottest writers in Hollywood at the moment. He reinvigorated the slasher genre with Scream, and gave us the intelligent, articulate, [...]

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UNIVERSAL SOLDIER – THE RETURN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Mic Rogers Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Daniel von Bargen, Michael Jai White, Bill Goldberg Jean-Claude Van Damme reprises his character of Luc Devereaux, the regenerated soldier, for this risible second sequel to 1992′s violent futuristic thriller Universal Soldier. Van Damme was absent from the dire 1998 sequel Universal Soldier II [...]

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THE KING AND I

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Richard Rich Stars: the voices of Miranda Richardson, Martin Vidnovic, Ian Richardson, Darrell Hammond Rogers and Hammerstein’s enduring musical about the prim English governess who tamed the humourless king of Siam returns to the screen in this animated tale from Warner Brothers. For most, the role of the stern but [...]

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THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: John McTiernan Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Rene Russo, Denis Leary, Frankie Faison, Faye Dunaway, Ben Gazzara, Fritz Weaver, Charles Keating, Mark Margolis, Michael Lombard This stylish, sexy remake of The Thomas Crown Affair is something of a pet project for star Pierce Brosnan, who also produced the film. The 1968 original [...]

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THE GENERAL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: John Boorman Stars: Brendan Gleeson, Jon Voight, Adrian Dunbar, Sean McGinley, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Angeline Ball, Eamon Owens, Eanna McLiam, Ciaran Fitzgerald, Paul Hickey, Tom Murphy. In recent years, director John Boorman’s career has not achieved the dizzy heights of either Point Blank or Deliverance. However, his latest film is [...]

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THE DEEP END OF THE OCEAN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ulu Grosbard Stars: Michelle Pfeiffer, Treat Williams, Whoopi Goldberg, Jonathan Jackson, Ryan Merriman, John Kapelos, Cory Buck, Alexa Vega, Michael McGrady, Tony Musante. Writer Stephen Schiff (Lolita, the recent True Crime, etc) has done a good job of adapting Jacquelyn Mitchard’s best-selling novel for the screen, and he turns the [...]

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