Monthly Archives: May 2008

GOAL II: LIVING THE DREAM

Reviewed by GREG KING. In 2005, FIFA, the controlling body of soccer, plunged some money into the production of the original Goal. The organisation also provided access to plenty of top shelf players to add a touch of authenticity to the soccer sequences. Goal was a minor hit, and it has provided the impetus for [...]

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SHINE A LIGHT

Reviewed by GREG KING. Director: Martin Scorsese. Documentary: Starring the Rolling Stones. Running time: 122 minutes. Early in his distinguished film career Martin Scorsese worked as an editor on the seminal rock concert film Woodstock. A self confessed fan of rock music, he has also directed The Last Waltz, which captured ‘70’s soft rockers The [...]

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CAPTIVITY

Reviewed by GREG KING. Director: Roland Joffe Stars: Elisha Cuthbert, Daniel Gillies, Pruitt Taylor Vince In recent years, the Saw and Hostel series have created a sub-genre of disturbing and nasty films referred to as “torture porn.” The latest in this gruesome genre is Captivity, an unpleasant and thoroughly ugly looking film that leaves a [...]

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STEP UP 2: THE STREETS

Reviewed by GREG KING. A thoroughly unnecessary sequel, the only real links between this film and the original Step Up are the setting (again, the Maryland Academy of the Arts) and a brief appearance from original star Channing Tatum to help set up the storyline. The focus of this film is Andie (played by Briana [...]

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HEY HEY IT’S ESTHER BLUEBURGER

Reviewed by GREG KING. Hey hey it’s pretty awful! This quirky Australian-made coming of age film about a 13 year old outcast struggling to come to terms with her identity and burgeoning sexuality is something of a disappointing and disjointed mess. The problem lies with the unfocused screenplay, the largely unbelievable characters, and some unforgivably [...]

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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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NIM’S ISLAND

Reviewed by GREG KING. As a former child star herself Jodie Foster is well aware of the old actor’s dictum about never working with children or animals. Known for her intense performances, Foster has chosen to ignore that adage for Nim’s Island, which sees her co-star with both the extraordinarily talented Abigail Breslin, a seal [...]

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THE BUCKET LIST

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Rob Reiner Stars: Jack Nicholson, Morgan Freeman, Beverly Todd, Sean Hayes, Rob Morrow In 1988, there was a small British film called Hawks, in which Timothy Dalton and Anthony Edwards played two terminally ill cancer patients who fled their hospital for one last chance to experience life. Twenty years later [...]

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