Monthly Archives: October 2008

HOW TO LOSE FRIENDS AND ALIENATE PEOPLE

Reviewed by GREG KING. Director: Robert Weide Stars: Simon Pegg, Kirsten Dunst, Danny Huston, Jeff Bridges, Megan Fox, Gillian Anderson, Max Minghella, Miriam Margolyes, Bill Paterson (Paramount) Running time: 110 minutes. In 1995 British journalist Toby Young was poached by New York based magazine Vanity Fair, but was sacked after two inglorious years. He penned [...]

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DYING BREED

Reviewed by GREG KING. (Hoyts Distribution) Director: Jody Dwyer Stars: Nathan Phillips, Leigh Whannell, Mirrah Foulkes, Melanie Vallejo, Billie Brown, Peter Doker, Sally McDonald Running time: 91 minutes. Dying Breed is that rare thing – a distinctly and unashamedly genre-driven local production financed by the FFC, which has invested in the film with a keen [...]

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BRIDESHEAD REVISITED

Reviewed by GREG KING. Director: Julian Jarrold Stars: Matthew Goode, Ben Whishaw, Emma Thompson, Hayley Atwell, Michael Gambon, Greta Scacchi, Patrick Malahide, Ed Stoppard. Brideshead Revisited revisited once too often? It is something of a folly for any film maker to tackle the daunting task of remaking Brideshead Revisited, which is widely regarded as one [...]

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THE WOMEN

Reviewed by GREG KING. Director: Diane English Stars: Meg Ryan, Annette Bening, Eva Mendes, Jada Pinkett Smith, Debra Messing, Candice Bergen, Debi Mazar, Cloris Leachman, Bette Midler, India Ennenga. This remake of a classic 1939 film, originally directed by George Cukor, brings a contemporary flavour to the material. This is a film about successful women [...]

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MAX PAYNE

Reviewed by GREG KING. Set against the background of a chillingly grey and amoral world of corporate greed and corruption, Max Payne tells the story of a cop who is driven by the need to track down who was responsible for the brutal murder of his wife and baby daughter. Payne (Mark Wahlberg) is a [...]

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BURN AFTER READING

Burn After Reading Reviewed by GREG KING. Directors: Joel & Ethan Coen Stars: George Clooney, Frances McDormand, Brad Pitt, John Malkovich, Tilda Swinton, Richard Jenkins, JK Simmons, David Rasche, Jeffrey DeMunn. Sex, spies and computer discs? Following the Oscar winning triumph of No Country For Old Men, the Coen brothers return to the pitch black [...]

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MAN ON WIRE

Man On Wire. Reviewed by GREG KING. An intriguing documentary about Phillipe Petit, a French tightrope walker, who walked on a high wire strung between New York’s World Trade Towers in 1974. Petit had previously walked between the steeples of Notre Dame Cathedral and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. But he became obsessed with the construction [...]

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MY BEST FRIEND’S GIRL

My Best Friend’s Girl Reviewed by GREG KING. Kate Hudson is fast assuming Meg Ryan’s mantle, becoming the new blonde-haired queen of romantic comedies, with films like How To Lose A Guy In Ten Days, etc, to her credit. She has always had a slightly rougher edge than the cute and very likeable Ryan, and [...]

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