Monthly Archives: February 2002

KUNG POW: ENTER THE FIST

Reviewed by GREG KING. In 1966, Woody Allen, who was then still a stand up comic and script writer of repute, took a B-grade Japanese spy comedy and redubbed it with plenty of clever one-liners and a new plot, giving us What’s Up Tiger Lily? Now, writer/director Steve Oedekerk (Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, etc) [...]

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ALI

Reviewed by GREG KING (Columbia/Initial Entertainment Group/Village Roadshow) Director: Michael Mann Stars: Will Smith, Jon Voight, Mario Van Peebles, Jamie Foxx, Ron Silver, Jeffrey Wright, Mykelti Williamson, Albert Hall, Levar Burton, Bruce McGill, Jada Pinkett-Smith Running time: 168 minutes. Some twenty years ago I saw Tom Gries’ biopic on Muhammad Ali, appropriately titled The Greatest, [...]

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FROM HELL

Reviewed by GREG KING (20th Century Fox) Directors: Allen and Albert Hughes Stars: Johnny Depp, Heather Graham, Ian Holm, Robbie Coltrane, Ian Richardson, Jason Flemyng, Lesley Sharp, Susan Lynch, Katrin Cartlidge, Terence Harvey, Annabelle Apsion, Paul Rhys, Joanna Page, Mark Dexter, Nicholas McGaughey Running time: 121 minutes. The story of notorious 19th century serial killer [...]

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RABBIT PROOF FENCE

Reviewed by GREG KING (Beyond Films/Becker) Director: Phillip Noyce Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Everlyn Sampi, Tianna Sansbury, Laura Monaghan, David Gulpilil, Deborah Mailman, Garry McDonald, Ningali Lawford, Myarn Lawford, Jason Clarke, Natasha Wanganeen, Andrew S Gilbert, Anthony Hayes, Roy Billing Running time: 92 minutes. After several big budget Hollywood thrillers (Patriot Games, The Bone Collector, etc), [...]

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THE SHIPPING NEWS

Reviewed by GREG KING (Miramax/Buena Vista International) Director: Lasse Hallstrom Stars: Kevin Spacey, Julianne Moore, Judi Dench, Cate Blanchett, Pete Postlethwaite, Scott Glenn, Rhys Ifans, Gordeon Pinsent, Alyssa, Kaitlyn and Lauren Gainer Running time: 111 minutes. Previous literary adaptations from the potent combination of Miramax and Lasse Hallstrom (Chocolat, The Cider House Rules, etc) have [...]

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LUMUMBA

Reviewed by GREG KING (Gil Scrine Films) Director: Raoul Peck Stars: Eriq Ebouaney, Alex Descas, Theophile Moussa Sowie, Maka Kotto, Dieudonne Kabongo, Pascal Nzonzi, Andre Debaar, Rudi Delhem, Miriam Kaba Running time: 115 minutes (French, with English subtitles). From the Oliver Stone paranoid conspiracy theory school of film making comes this Ghandi-wannabe biopic depicting the [...]

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BEHIND ENEMY LINES

Reviewed by GREG KING (20th Century Fox) Director: John Moore Stars: Owen Wilson, Gene Hackman, Joaquim De Almeida, Keith David, Olek Krupa, Gabriel Macht, Charles Malik Whitfield Running time: 105 minutes. Behind Enemy Lines is just the first in a number of gung-ho, unswervingly patriotic, but rousingly exciting military-themed movies from Hollywood, set in some [...]

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LIES

Reviewed by GREG KING. Last Tango In Seoul? A Korean version of The Story Of O? This graphic Korean film about a sado-masochistic relationship that becomes increasingly obsessive and self-destructive has caused controversy in its country of origin, not least for its frank sex scenes and depiction of sexual fetishism, but has somehow managed to [...]

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