Monthly Archives: January 2001

WHAT WOMEN WANT

Reviewed by GREG KING (Icon/Paramount/Village Roadshow) Director: Nancy Meyers Stars: Mel Gibson, Helen Hunt, Marisa Tomei, Alan Alda, Mark Feuerstein, Ashley Johnson, Lauren Holly, Bette Midler, Valerie Perrine, Delta Burke Running time: 123 minutes. The battle between the sexes has been fertile ground for Hollywood, with films in this sub-genre harking back to the comedies [...]

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HARRY, HE IS HERE TO HELP

Reviewed by GREG KING (NewVision) Director: Dominik Moll Stars: Laurent Lucas, Sergi Lopez, Mathilde Seigner, Sophie Guillemin, Liliane Rovere, Dominique Rozan, Michael Fau, Victoire De Koster Running time: 117 minutes (French, with English subtitles). All too often writers tend to describe most screen thrillers as Hitchcockian in nature, even if they don’t deserve the accolade. [...]

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BEDAZZLED

Reviewed by GREG KING (20th Century Fox) Director: Harold Ramis Stars: Brendan Fraser, Elizabeth Hurley, Frances O’Connor, Miriam Shor, Orlando Jones, Paul Adelstein, Toby Huss, Gabriel Casseus, Brian Doyle-Murray Running time: 93 minutes. The old aphorism about being careful what you wish for is at the centre of this new comedy from Harold Ramis (Analyze [...]

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MALL BOY

Reviewed by GREG KING (Buena Vista International) Director: Vincent Giarusso Stars: Kane McNay, Nell Feeney, Brett Swain, Brett Tucker Running time: 85 minutes. Vincent Giarrusso, a former member of the cult band Underground Lovers, makes his feature film directorial debut with Mall Boy, a contemporary exploration of adolescent angst and dysfunctional families. Giarrusso also worked [...]

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SHADOW OF THE VAMPIRE

Reviewed by GREG KING (Niche Pictures) Director: E Elias Merhige Stars: John Malkovich, Willem Dafoe, Catherine McCormack, Cary Elwes, Udo Kier, Eddie Izzard, John Aden Gillet, Ronan Vibert Running time: 88 minutes. Exploring the behind the scenes drama of film making holds a natural attraction for film makers, and E Elias Merhige’s sharp and irreverent [...]

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SMALL TIME CROOKS

Reviewed by GREG KING (Sweetland Films/Dreamworks/Village Roadshow) Director: Woody Allen Stars: Woody Allen, Tracey Ullman, Elaine May, Hugh Grant, Michael Rapaport, Jon Lovitz, Tony Darrow, Elaine Stritch, George Grizzard, Douglas McGrath, Brian Markinson Running time: 95 minutes. Compared to most of his recent films and their philosophical musings on life, love and relationships, and his [...]

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GET CARTER

Reviewed by GREG KING (Franchise Pictures/Village Roadshow) Director: Stephen Kay Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Miranda Richardson, Michael Caine, Rachael Leigh Cook, Alan Cumming, Mickey Rourke, John C McGinley, Rhona Mitre Running time: 102 minutes. With superb films like Copland and Cliffhanger but distant memories, fading action hero Sylvester Stallone badly needs a hit movie to restore [...]

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THE FAMILY MAN

Reviewed by GREG KING (Beacon/Universal/Village Roadshow) Director: Brett Ratner Stars: Nicolas Cage, Tea Leoni, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Piven, Saul Rubinek, Josef Sommer, Harve Presnell, Amber Valletta, Makenzie Vega Running time: 124 minutes. The spirit of Frank Capra’s enduring Christmas classic It’s A Wonderful Life runs throughout this well meaning romantic comedy/drama in which a rapacious, [...]

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