Monthly Archives: August 2008

NOT QUITE HOLLYWOOD

Reviewed by GREG KING. Mark Hartley’s engaging, thoroughly enjoyable documentary exploring the renaissance and resurgence of the Australian Film Industry in the ‘70’s and ‘80’s was a great choice for the opening night film for this year’s MIFF, since one of the main focuses of the program was on Ozploitation. Hartley’s film is a wonderful [...]

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STAR WARS: CLONE WARS

Reviewed by GREG KING. This animated feature, appropriately subtitled Episode 2.5, purports to fill in the gaps between Episode II: The Attack Of The Clones and Episode III: The Revenge Of The Sith in the Star Wars saga It is also intended to launch a new animated Star Wars television series. In fact, what it [...]

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COLLEGE ROAD TRIP

Reviewed by GREG KING. Whenever you see the name Martin Lawrence attached to a film, it is a good sign that this is a movie to avoid. Along with loud-mouthed Anthony Anderson, Lawrence is one of the most unfunny and infuriating comic actors ever to disgrace our screens, and he has racked up a number [...]

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STOP-LOSS

Reviewed by GREG KING. Director: Kimberly Pierce Stars: Ryan Phillippe, Channing Tatum, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Abbie Cornish, Timothy Olyphant, Ciaran Hinds, Linda Emonds, Mamie Gummer, Josef Sommer Running time: 113 minutes It seems that films exploring the deeply unpopular war in Iraq are just as unpopular with American filmgoers, who have stayed away from them in [...]

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THE X FILES: I WANT TO BELIEVE

Reviewed by GREG KING. It’s been ten years since the last X Files film, and six years since the ground breaking tv series finished its run with a mediocre final season the concentrated on the search for the missing Mulder. The previous X Files feature Fight The Future tapped into the mythology of the series, [...]

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THE SQUARE

Reviewed by GREG KING. Local filmmakers tend to make rather depressing, downbeat films that explore common themes about suburban angst and dysfunctional families. But they are also films that tend not to attract huge audiences, who prefer mindless escapism and big effects-driven entertainment over the grim reality of smaller local films that capture the harshness [...]

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