Monthly Archives: October 2006

IRRESISTIBLE

Reviewed by GREG KING. Sophie (Oscar winner Susan Sarandon) is an illustrator for a series of children’s books, who is just starting to get her life back in order following the recent death of her mother. Her husband Craig (Sam Neill) is an architect, but seems to have emotionally drifted apart as he becomes more [...]

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LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE

Reviewed by GREG KING. One of the staple plot devices of American independent cinema over recent years has been the dysfunctional family on the road trip from hell, in which they finally get to bond and heal their emotional and personal differences. What sets Little Miss Sunshine apart in a very crowded field is the [...]

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SKETCHES OF FRANK GEHRY

Reviewed by GREG KING. Frank Gehry is one of the world’s most celebrated and controversial architects, and his startling and contemporary designs stand out and dominate their often bland settings. Over the years, many film makers have approached him to make a documentary about his life and his work, but he has consistently turned them [...]

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OFFSIDE

Reviewed by GREG KING. Iranian director Jafar Panahi continues to rail against the social inequities of his country. Even in the 21st century, Iran is governed by an outdated, rigidly patriarchal system which is clinging to centuries old traditions that repress women, treat them as second class citizens and deny then the rights that women [...]

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MATERIAL GIRLS

Reviewed by GREG KING. Hilary Duff obviously has a huge and extremely loyal fan base, and they will be the primary audience for this dire and tediously unfunny riches-to-rags comedy. Material Girls is something of a family affair, as it not only pairs Hilary with her sister Haylie, but it has also been produced by [...]

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A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION

Reviewed by GREG KING. Maverick director Robert Altman has had a varied career. He hit a critical and commercial peak in the 70’s with films like M*A*S*H*, McCabe And Mrs Miller, and Nashville, which many regard as the finest film of his career. The ‘80’s were rather lean years for Altman, who turned to filmed [...]

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GARFIELD 2

Reviewed by GREG KING. The first attempt to film a live action version of Garfield, everybody’s favourite lazy, lasagne loving feline, was something of a disappointment, especially for fans of the comic strip. The main saving grace was the casting of Bill Murray, who was the perfect choice to provide the sarcastic, droll wit of [...]

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LADY IN THE WATER

Reviewed by GREG KING. What is it with mermaid movies at the moment? Must be something in the water in Hollywood? Not only do we have Aquamarine – the average teen chick flick in which a mermaid helps a couple of young girls – but we have Lady In The Water, an adult fairy tale [...]

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