Monthly Archives: October 1999

LOVERS OF THE ARCTIC CIRCLE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Julio Medem Stars: Fele Martinez, Najwa Nimri, Nancho Novo, Maru Valivielso, Peru Medem, Sara Valiente, Victor Hugo Oliviera, Kristel Diaz, Pep Munne, Jaroslaw Bielski, Joost Siedhoff, Beate Jensen. Gorgeous scenery and superb cinematography are not enough to prevent this new film by Spanish director Julio Medem (The Red Squirrel, etc) [...]

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LIMBO

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: John Sayles Stars: David Strathairn, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Vanessa Martinez, Kris Kristofferson, Casey Siemaszko, Leo Burmeister Limbo is both a metaphorical and a physical state for the central characters of this new drama from John Sayles, one of America’s most idiosyncratic yet prolific independent film makers. His most expensive film [...]

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LAKE PLACID

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Steve Miner Stars: Bridget Fonda, Bill Pullman, Brendan Gleeson, Oliver Platt, Meredith Salenger, Betty White, Adam Arkin (uncredited) A recent resurgence of interest in creature features has given us a huge snake in the risible Anaconda and super smart deadly Mako sharks in Deep Blue Sea. Now comes a giant [...]

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DROP DEAD GORGEOUS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Michael Patrick Jann Stars: Kirstie Alley, Ellen Barkin, Kirsten Dunst, Denise Richards, Matt Molloy, Allison Janney Like the wonderful, and superior, Waiting For Guffman, this mock documentary exploring what goes on behind the scenes of a beauty pageant pricks the pretensions and narrow attitudes of small town America. First time [...]

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BLUE STREAK

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Les Mayfield Stars: Martin Lawrence, Luke Wilson, William Forsythe, Peter Greene, Nicole Ari Parker. Martin Lawrence (Bad Boys, etc) has always been something of a second rate Eddie Murphy wannabe, lacking charm, charisma and the same assured style. His latest film, the tailor-made action comedy Blue Streak, is his second [...]

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AN IDEAL HUSBAND

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Oliver Parker Stars: Cate Blanchett, Minnie Driver, Rupert Everett, Julianne Moore, Jeremy Northam, John Wood, Peter Vaughan, Lindsay Duncan, Jeroen Krebbe, Michael Culkin. Oscar Wilde’s sophisticated wit, genial bon mots and acerbic one liners shine in Oliver Parker’s solid, if somewhat uninspired screen adaptation of his play An Ideal Husband. [...]

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THE LOSS OF SEXUAL INNOCENCE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Mike Figgis Stars: Julian Sands, Saffron Burrows, Stefano Dionisi, Kelly MacDonald, Gina McKee, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Bernard Hill, Rossy De Palma Despite an intriguing sounding title, this is boring pretentious twaddle of the highest order! British director Mike Figgis alternates between high profile Hollywood productions such as Mr Jones and Internal [...]

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THE WOOD

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Rick Famuyiwa Stars: Taye Diggs, Omar Epps, Richard T Jones, Sean nelson, Duane Finley, Trent Cameron, Malinda Williams, De’Aundre Bonds, Sanna Lathan Tamala Jones This dull, tedious and relentlessly bland semi-autobiographical coming of age comedy is characterised by wooden performances, wooden direction and a leaden script. Set in the middle [...]

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