Monthly Archives: July 2003

EXTREME OPS

Reviewed by GREG KING (Paramount/MDP/UIP) Director: Christian Duguay Stars: Rufus Sewell, Devon Sawa, Bridgette Wilson-Sampras, Rupert Graves, Joe Absolom, Jana Pallaske, Heino Ferch, Klaus Lowitsch, Liliana Komorowska Running time: 93 minutes. A group of daring young extreme sports types venture into the Austrian Alps with a film crew, planning to outrun an avalanche for a [...]

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IDENTITY

Reviewed by GREG KING. Tapping into the same psycho-killer/slasher horror thriller territory of superior films like Seven, etc, James Mangold’s Identity is certainly a gripping enough whodunit for much of its running time. During a fierce storm, a number of strangers take refuge in a dilapidated motel and are slowly killed off in gruesome fashion [...]

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AUTO FOCUS

Reviewed by GREG KING (Sony Pictures Classics/Columbia Tristar) Director: Paul Schrader Stars: Greg Kinnear, Willem Dafoe, Rita Wilson, Maria Bello, Ron Liebman, Ed Begley jr Running time: 106 minutes. Hollywood has long had a fascination for trawling through its own dark and shameful past, and loves to explore the scandals and downfall of its flawed [...]

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THE DANCER UPSTAIRS

Reviewed by GREG KING (Fox Searchlight/20th Century Fox) Director: John Malkovich Stars: Javier Bardem, Laura Morante, Juan Diego Botto, Elvira Minguez, Alexandra Lencastre, Oliver Cotton, Luis Miguel Cintra, Javier Manrique, Abel Folk, Marie-Anne Berganza Running time: 133 minutes. Set in a Latin American country on the brink of a violent upheaval, The Dancer Upstairs is [...]

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BIKER BOYZ

Reviewed by GREG KING. If you thought the recent 2 Fast 2 Furious was underwhelming enough, wait until you get a look at this stinker. Ambitiously described in the press kit as “an action-packed contemporary Western on wheels” Biker Boyz is an occasionally cliched and dull tale that will struggle to find an audience, even [...]

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BAD EGGS

Reviewed by GREG KING. Since the delightfully winning charm of Crackerjack there hasn’t been a decent Australian comedy to hit our screens recently – both the Ned Kelly parody Ned and Horseplay were dire and terribly unfunny, and stiffed at the box office. But the debut feature from former D-generation and radio funnyman Tony Martin [...]

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LOST IN LA MANCHA

Reviewed by GREG KING. Making of behind-the-scenes documentaries seem obligatory on any DVD release these days, but most of them are light weight puff pieces aimed at promoting the movie and revealing a few glimpses of the magic of movie making. But when Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe were hired to produce such a documentary [...]

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