Monthly Archives: May 2002

COLLATERAL DAMAGE

Reviewed by GREG KING In the wake of the events of September 11 and the US sanctioned war on terrorism, a number of films with terrorist themes, including Tim Allen’s Big Trouble and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s latest, became collateral damage as nervous studio executives pulled them from their release schedule. In the case of Schwarzenegger’s action [...]

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LIFE AS A HOUSE

Reviewed by GREG KING While the title may not exactly sound riveting, Life As A House is a moving and beautifully written drama that explores a number of serious and important themes with surprising honesty and intelligence – themes like family, death, alienation, teenage angst, the inability to change or escape the past, and the [...]

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THE MOTHMAN PROPHECIES

Reviewed by GREG KING (Columbia Tristar) Director: Mark Pellington Stars: Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Will Patton, Lucinda Jenney, Alan Bates, Debra Messing Running time: 119 minutes. A former director of music videos, Mark Pellington made an auspicious feature film debut with the superb paranoid thriller Arlington Road. For his second feature film he turns his [...]

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TEXAS RANGERS

Reviewed by GREG KING So this is what tv stars do while their regular series take a mid-season break? Dylan McDermott (from The Practice) and James Van Der Beek (from Dawson’s Creek) pop up in this second rate western about the origin of the Texas Rangers in post-Civil War Texas. It’s an idea that has [...]

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STAR WARS EPISODE II: ATTACK OF THE CLONES

Reviewed by GREG KING It seems as though George Lucas has at least listened to much of the criticism leveled at The Phantom Menace, his disappointing 1999 effort to revive the Star Wars series, which will be good news to fans. The fifth installment in the Star Wars saga is a vast improvement that also [...]

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HIGH CRIMES

Reviewed by GREG KING Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman are reunited for the first time since the slick serial-killer thriller Kiss The Girls, and their easy-going rapport and familiarity lifts this gripping but occasionally cliched thriller. Based on a best selling novel by Joseph Finder, High Crimes is a rather gripping suspense thriller and court [...]

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MEAN MACHINE

Reviewed by GREG KING With the recent welter of disappointing and largely unnecessary remakes that have added little to the original (Planet Of The Apes, Get Carter, and even The Time Machine) it is refreshing to come across a remake that actually stands on its own merits as an entertaining film. Produced by the same [...]

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THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO

Reviewed by GREG KING While Alexandre Dumas’ classic tale Of The Three Musketeers has been a favourite of Hollywood with many cinematic incarnations over the years, there have also been several film adaptations of The Count Of Monte Cristo, a stirring nineteenth century tale of betrayal and revenge. The two best known screen versions include [...]

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