Monthly Archives: June 2006

TSOTSI

Reviewed by GREG KING. There have been many films set in South Africa that have dealt with the evils of apartheid and its repressive regime (including Cry Freedom, The Power Of One, etc), and the Truth And Reconciliation Commission that followed, (the recent Red Dust, etc). The Oscar-winning Tsotsi is one of a handful of [...]

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SUPERMAN RETURNS

Reviewed by GREG KING. Indeed, the Man of Steel does make a welcome return to the big screen, after an absence of nearly twenty years! In the meantime, fans have got their fix via the small screen series Lois And Clark and Smallville, but nothing beats the experience of seeing Superman power though the skies [...]

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PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN’S CHEST

Reviewed by GREG KING. Captain Jack Sparrow is indeed back for this sequel to Pirates Of The Caribbean, the very successful collaboration between Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer, which was based on a popular Disneyland ride. As with many other recent cinematic trilogies (Back To The Future, The Lord Of The Rings and The Matrix), episodes [...]

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SEMI-PRO

Reviewed by GREG KING. Will Ferrell stars in yet another sports themed comedy about an underdog who gets one final chance at success and redemption. Semi-Pro follows loosely the template established by Ferrell’s other recent comedies Talladega Nights and Blades Of Glory, so audiences pretty much know what to expect. Semi-Pro is set against the [...]

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UNITED 93

Reviewed by GREG KING. Of the four planes hijacked during the 9/11 terrorist attacks United Airlines flight 93 was the only one not to hit its target, because the terrified passengers tackled the terrorists and futilely tried to wrest back control of the plane. The plane crashed into the open fields of Pennsylvania, killing all [...]

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BRICK

Reviewed by GREG KING. A Maltese Falcon or The Big Sleep for the MTV generation? A cool and contemporary film noir set in an American high school, Brick cleverly mixes the cliches of high school dramas – alienation, cliques, the gangs, the jocks, the geeks and freaks, and the sexy popular cheerleaders – with the [...]

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MIAMI VICE

Reviewed by GREG KING. Undeterred by its recent track record of failure, Hollywood still continues to trawl through an extensive and seemingly inexhaustible back catalogue of television’s greatest hits for the next feature film idea – even though most of the big screen adaptations of classic shows have been pretty awful. The latest to get [...]

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THE SENTINEL

Reviewed by GREG KING. A formulaic action thriller, based on a novel by Gerald Petrievich, the former secret service agent who also wrote the novel that formed the basis for William Freidkin’s fabulous and very violent To Live And Die In LA. Petrievich uses his insider’s knowledge to add colour and detail to The Sentinel, [...]

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