Monthly Archives: December 2001

THE GOLDEN BOWL

Reviewed by GREG KING (Merchant Ivory/Palace) Director: James Ivory Stars: Nick Nolte, Uma Thurman, Kate Beckinsale, Jeremy Northam, Anjelica Huston, James Fox, Madeleine Potter, Nicholas Day Running time: 130 minutes. Director James Ivory and his long time collaborators, producer Ismail Merchant and screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, have had great success with previous cinematic treatments of [...]

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MONSTERS INC

Reviewed by GREG KING (Pixar/Walt Disney/Buena Vista International) Directors: Peter Doctor, David Silverman, Lee Unkrich Stars: voices of John Goodman, Billy Crystal, James Coburn, Steve Buscemi, Jennifer Tilly, Frank Oz, Mary Gibbs, John Ratzenberger Running time: 92 minutes. The previous collaborations between Pixar studios and Disney have produced some of the best animated films of [...]

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THE MAN WHO WASN’T THERE

Reviewed by GREG KING (Working Title Films/Buena Vista) Director: Joel Coen Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Frances McDormand, James Gandolfini, Tony Shalhoub, Richard Jenkins, Scarlett Johanssen, Jon Polito, Michael Badalucco, CHistopher McDonald Running time: 116 minutes. Joel and Ethan Coen are two of the more interesting film makers in Hollywood at the moment, able to straddle [...]

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VANILLA SKY

Reviewed by GREG KING (Paramount/UIP) Director: Cameron Crowe Stars: Tom Cruise, Penelope Cruz, Kurt Russell, Cameron Diaz, Jason Lee, Timothy Spall, Noah Taylor, Tilda Swinton Running time: 134 minutes. A remake of the Spanish film Abre Los Ojos (Open Your Eyes), Cameron Crowe’s Vanilla Sky is a bewildering, existential sci-fi thriller that will be mainly [...]

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THE LORD OF THE RINGS

Reviewed by GREG KING (New Line Cinema/Village Roadshow) Director: Peter Jackson Stars: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Bean, Sean Astin, Orlando Bloom, Liv Tyler, Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, John Rhys-Davies, Andy Serkis, Marton Csokas Running time: 180 minutes. Next to the adventures of the phenomenally [...]

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TOWN & COUNTRY

Reviewed by GREG KING (New Line Cinema/Village Roadshow) Director: Peter Chelsom Stars: Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton, Goldie Hawn, Garry Shandling, Josh Hartnett, Charlton Heston, Andie MacDowell, Jenna Elfman, Natassja Kinski Running time: 104 minutes. In the ’60′s and ’70′s Warren Beatty was one of Hollywood’s golden boys, a writer, director, producer, and star who could [...]

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ORIGINAL SIN

Reviewed by GREG KING (MGM/20th Century Fox) Director: Michael Cristofer Stars: Angelina Jolie, Antonio Banderas, Thomas Jane, Jack Thompson, Gregory Itzin, Allison Mackie, Joan Pringle, Cordelia Richards Running time: 116 minutes. A guilty pleasure, or something worse? Original Sin is a steamy, erotic thriller about love, lust, murder and betrayal that many will find perversely [...]

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THE SCORE

Reviewed by GREG KING (Mandalay Pictures/Village Roadshow) Director: Frank Oz Stars: Robert De Niro, Edward Norton, Marlon Brando, Angela Bassett, Gary Farmer Running time: 124 minutes. The presence of Robert De Niro, Edward Norton and the legendary Marlon Brando, widely revered as three of the best actors of their respective generations, teamed together for the [...]

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