Monthly Archives: April 2005

THE WOODSMAN

Reviewed by GREG KING. Most films dealing with child molesters and paedophiles usually demonise such characters and treat them as monsters and unrepentant predators. So it is unusual, and very surprising, to find a film brave enough to treat such a character in a sympathetic light. That this provocative and potentially controversial film works so [...]

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THE AMITYVILLE HORROR

Reviewed by GREG KING. Michael Bay seems intent on remaking some of the classic American horror films of the past thirty years. First there was his treatment of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, which turned the story into a cliched teenage slasher thriller. And now he reworks The Amityville Horror, and again turns it into a [...]

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DEAR FRANKIE

Reviewed by GREG KING. For some strange reason, it has taken this absolutely charming film nearly two years to reach our screens. Deaf nine-year-old Frankie (Jack McElhone, recently seen in Young Adam) has never really known his father, a drunken abusive man. Years earlier his mother Lizzie (Emily Mortimer) took Frankie and has constantly been [...]

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BIRTH

Reviewed by GREG KING. A haunting meditation on love, loss and grief, with supernatural undertones, Birth continues the eclectic range of roles that Nicole Kidman seems attracted to since her Oscar-winning turn in The Hours (Dogville, etc). Kidman plays Anna, a wealthy New York widow celebrating her engagement to her future husband (Danny Huston). The [...]

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DIG!

Reviewed by GREG KING Like last year’s superb music docos Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster and The End Of The Century The Story Of The Ramones, Dig! is a fascinating portrait of the creative pressures and internal tensions that can shape a band’s future. Filmed over seven years and culled from some 1500 hours of [...]

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ENDURING LOVE

Reviewed by GREG KING The literate novels of Booker Prize winning author Ian McEwan deal with grand themes of life and death, guilt and redemption, atonement, and love in its varying forms. Enduring Love, the latest of his novels to be adapted to the screen, deals with several kinds of love, but at the centre [...]

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HATING ALISON ASHLEY

Reviewed by GREG KING The passage of rites for troubled teenage girls has been explored previously in films like the superb Looking For Alibrandi, Only The Brave, and the recent American independent film Thirteen, which brought a grungy edge to some familiar themes. Hating For Alison Ashley, based on the popular novel by Robin Klein, [...]

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THE PACIFIER

Reviewed by GREG KING Following a couple of duds like the gratuitously violent A Man Apart and the almost incomprehensible The Chronicles Of Riddick, Vin Diesel’s reputation as the premier action hero of the moment has taken a bit of a battering. So what’s a fading action star to do to revive his reputation and [...]

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