Monthly Archives: December 2006

THE HOLIDAY

Reviewed by GREG KING. For nearly two decades writer/director Nancy Meyers has been responsible for some bright and breezy romantic comedies (from Private Benjamin, Baby Boom and the Steve Martin remake of Father Of The Bride, through to Something’s Gotta Give, What Women Want, etc). Audiences know exactly what to expect from her films, and [...]

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CASINO ROYALE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Martin Campbell Stars: Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Eva Green, Mads Mikkelsen, Jeffrey Wright Recently we have seen creative directors giving infusions of new life into both the Batman and Superman series, returning both characters to the drawing boards to reinvent and reinvigorate these tired film franchises. And now the longest [...]

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THE QUEEN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Stepehn Frears Stars: helen Mirren, Michael Sheen, Helen McCrory, James Cromwell When the annual awards season heats up, much of the focus is likely to fall on Helen Mirren, who is a certainty to capture most of the acting gongs for her wonderful performance as Queen Elizabeth II in the [...]

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UNACCOMPANIED MINORS

Reviewed by GREG KING. The spate of Christmas films seems to have arrived early this year, and so far they have been a pretty bland lot. The unnecessary sequel Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause was an unoriginal, juvenile variation on themes explored much more effectively in the perennial classic It’s A Wonderful Life and [...]

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METAL: A HEADBANGER’S JOURNEY

Reviewed by GREG KING. Documentary filmmakers have delved into the origins and social impact of rock, rap, punk, grunge, and even the fad of krumping. But few have been interested in exploring the attraction and popularity of heavy metal music. Apart from Penelope Spheeris’ landmark 1988 documentary The Decline Of The Western Civilization Part II, [...]

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THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: THE BEGINNING

Reviewed by GREG KING. Do we really need yet another film in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre Franchise? Not particularly, especially when this new film so slavishly adheres to the formula of Tobe Hooper’s shocking 1974 original and its subsequent sequels, remakes and numerous imitators. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning purports to be a prequel [...]

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FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS

Reviewed by GREG KING. Clint Eastwood’s new film Flags Of Our Fathers is a wonderfully cynical examination of war and how one image became a defining moment of 20th century history and a cheap propaganda tool. This is the antithesis of the over-the-top patriotic jingoism of John Wayne’s 1949 opus The Sands Of Iwo Jima. [...]

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CHILDREN OF MEN

Reviewed by GREG KING. Mexican director Alfonso Cauron injected a darker edge into the popular Harry Potter series with his Prisoner Of Azkhaban, and he gives us a frighteningly grim vision of an anarchic and desolate Britain on the brink of collapse in the not too distant future. This gripping and unsettling sci-fi action thriller [...]

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