Monthly Archives: January 2004

CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN

Reviewed by GREG KING. Steve Martin is an erratic and uneven performer, and usually the weaker the script the more frenetic and manic his performance seems to become. With this weak, flat and ultimately unfunny comedy about a family with twelve children who come to appreciate the more important things in life, his survival mannerisms [...]

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LIKE MIKE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: John Schultz Stars: Lil Bow Wow, Morris Chestnut, Jonathan Lipnicki, Robert Forster, Crispin Glover, Eugene Levy, Anne Meara, Reginald Veljohnson While angry young white rapper Eminem makes his highly acclaimed film debut in the semi-autobiographical 8 Mile, teenage rapper Lil Bow Wow (real name Shad Gregory Moss) also makes his [...]

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OUT OF TIME

Reviewed by GREG KING Ten years ago, director Carl Franklin established his reputation for taut, tight noir thrillers when he burst onto the scene with his breakthrough movie One False Move. While he followed that with the superb Devil In A Blue Dress, his last film High Crimes showed that he was settling into a [...]

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ALONG CAME POLLY

Reviewed by GREG KING Ben Stiller is carving out a comfortable niche for himself as the sympathetic, anally retentive neurotic who fumbles, bumbles and stumbles his way through romance (Meet The Parents, etc), and his latest comedy provides him with another opportunity to add more colour to his increasingly familiar screen persona. In Along Came [...]

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THE CREMASTER CYCLE

Reviewed by GREG KING. Anyone who regards film as an exciting and visually stimulating art form capable of exploring abstract and complex themes, ideas and images rather than merely a bland medium for telling stories will be in raptures over the imminent release of acclaimed conceptual artist Matthew Barney’s five-part, six-hour Cremaster Cycle. Developed over [...]

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IN AMERICA

Reviewed by GREG KING To escape their sense of guilt and despair at the tragic death of their young son, Johnny (Paddy Considine, recently seen in 24 Hour Party People) and Sarah (Samantha Morton, recently seen in Morvern Callar, etc) move to America with their two young daughters. They settle into a seedy tenement in [...]

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SOMETHING’S GOTTA GIVE

Reviewed by GREG KING. When Harry Met Erica? Firmly aimed at more mature audiences, a demographic Hollywood is rarely interested in, Something’s Gotta Give is a romantic comedy that offers yet another variation on the familiar theme of opposites attracting. While flawed, it does offer some enormous pleasures, but it overstays its welcome by a [...]

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TWO WEEKS NOTICE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Marc Lawrence Stars: Hugh Grant, Sandra Bullock, Alicia Witt, Dana Ivey, Robert Klein, Heather Burns. With its snappy dialogue, its winning cast, and its familiar but winning story of opposites attracting and initial sparks of antagonism and mutual dislike turning into reluctant romance, Two Weeks Notice is a genial and [...]

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