Monthly Archives: September 1999

LIKE IT IS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Paul Oremland Stars: Steve Bell, Ian Rose, Roger Daltrey, Dani Behr, Christopher Hargreaves, P J Nicholas, Paul Broughton London’s club scene and gay sub-culture provide the background for this gritty, contemporary, gay-themed love story from Britain’s Channel Four and director Paul Oremland. Like It Is has been compared to 1996′s [...]

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INSTINCT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jon Turteltaub Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Cuba Gooding jr, Donald Sutherland, Maura Tierney, George Dzundza, John Ashton, John Aylward, Thomas Q Morris, Paul Bates. Silence Of The Gorillas? In a role that can be considered a warm up rehearsal before reprising his famous character of suave serial cannibal Hannibal Lecter, Anthony [...]

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THE ASTRONAUT’S WIFE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Rand Ravich Stars: Johnny Depp, Charlize Theron, Joe Morton, Tom Noonan, Blair Brown, Nick Cassavetes, Clea Duvall, Donna Murphy In the recent Species II, a highly decorated astronaut returned to earth carrying a vicious, predatory alien creature intent on destroying life on earth. The Astronaut’s Wife takes the same concept, [...]

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FIGHT CLUB

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: David Fincher Stars: Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Helena Bonham Carter, Meat Loaf, Zach Grenier, Thom Gossom jr, Jared Leto. David Fincher (Alien 3, Seven, etc) makes dark edged, gritty contemporary tales exploring the dark soul of man, and Fight Club is no exception. There is a bleak, nihilistic undertone to [...]

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ELECTION

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Alexander Payne Stars: Matthew Broderick, Reese Witherspoon, Chris Klein, Jessica Campbell, Colleen Camp, Matt Molloy, Holmes Osborne. Yet another teenage comedy set in an American high school! However this razor sharp and biting comedy about the politics of high school has much more in common with the recent anarchic Rushmore [...]

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EARTH

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Deepa Mehta Stars: Aamir Khan, Nandita Das, Rahul Khanna, Maia Sethna, Kitu Gidwani, Kulbushan Kharbanda (Indian, with English subtitles). The second film in Indian director Deepa Mehta’s elements trilogy, the powerful drama Earth follows her widely acclaimed Fire. Based on Bapsi Sidhwa’s semi-autobiographical novel Cracking India, this powerful drama is [...]

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DEEP BLUE SEA

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Renny Harlin Stars: Thomas Jane, Saffron Burrows, Samuel L Jackson, L L Cool J, Michael Rapaport, Jacqueline McKenzie, Stellan Skarsgard, Aida Turturro, Ronny Cox (uncredited). Jaws with attitude! There hasn’t been a decent shark adventure since the original Jaws (1975), although there have been plenty of imitations and cheap rip-offs. [...]

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BIG DADDY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Dennis Dugan Stars: Adam Sandler, Joey Lauren Adams, Jon Stewart, Allen Covert, Rob Scneider, Kristy Swanson, Joe Bologna, Josh Mostel, Leslie Mann, Cole and Dylan Sprouse, Steve Buscemi, Peter Dante, Jonathan Loughran. Many local reviewers have already unfairly dismissed this film before they have even seen it – purely because [...]

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