Monthly Archives: March 2007

MR BEAN’S HOLIDAY

Reviewed by GREG KING. With slapstick comedy and physical antics reminiscent of silent comedians like Keaton or Chaplin, Rowan Atkinson’s disaster-prone creation Mr Bean has entertained audiences for over a decade. However, while he is very funny in small doses, as with his tv show, stretched over 90 minutes his antics become a little tiresome [...]

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MEET THE ROBINSONS

Reviewed by GREG KING. There have been numerous films dealing with time travel and the paradox of travelling through time and altering the future or the past – including The Time Machine, Time After Time (in which HG Wells pursued Jack the Ripper to the modern day via his time machine), Time Cop, The Final [...]

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THE NOTORIOUS BETTIE PAGE

Reviewed by GREG KING. In the prurient America of the 1950’s, Bettie Page was an icon – a pin-up girl who became a sensation through her poses in various bondage outfits – who also drew the wrath of the US Senate during its investigation into pornography and its effect on adolescents. This biopic about one [...]

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MAN OF THE YEAR

Reviewed by GREG KING. Director Barry Levinson has previously given us the superb political satire Wag The Dog, and with Man Of The Year he again ventures into some familiar territory. Tom Dobbs (played with gusto and manic energy by Robin Williams) is a tv talk show host who regularly lampoons politics and politicians, to [...]

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HOW TO EAT FRIED WORMS

Reviewed by GREG KING. Easily the best title of the year so far belongs to this very good adaptation of the popular children’s book written by Thomas Rockwell (the son of painter Norman Rockwell). Billy Forrester (played by newcomer Luke Benward) is the new kid in town. On his first day at his new school [...]

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NORBIT

Reviewed by GREG KING. Take it with a grain of salt or leave it, but there is a theory that says that this is the film that cost Eddie Murphy his Best Supporting Actor Oscar. According to this theory, Murphy was a red hot favourite to win the Oscar for his sterling work in Dreamgirls, [...]

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GHOST RIDER

Reviewed by GREG KING. Ghost Rider is one of the lesser heroes in the Marvel pantheon that includes X-Men, Spiderman, and the Fantastic Four, etc, and somewhat ironically this big budget live action comic book adaptation is also one of the lesser examples of the genre. It makes the dire Elektra seem like a masterpiece [...]

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