Monthly Archives: February 2009

BEAUTIFUL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Dean O’Flaherty Stars: Sebastian Gregory, Aaron Jeffrey, Peta Wilson, Deborra-Lee Furness, Asher Keddie, Tahyna Tozzi, Erik Thompson, Socrates Otto. This edgy Australian thriller deals with heavy themes like voyeurism, adolescent sexuality, the loss of innocence, murder, kidnapping, secrets, dysfunctional families, urban legends, and the dark underbelly of suburban life. Elements [...]

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DEAN SPANLEY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Toa Fraser Stars: Jeremy Northam, Peter O’Toole, Sam Neill, Bryan Brown, Judy Parfitt, Art Malik. This charming and unexpectedly entertaining Anglo-New Zealand production could almost be retitled My Life As A Dog – English Style. Based on a 1936 novella written by Lord Dunsany, the film is set in Edwardian [...]

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THE MATADOR

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Stephen Higgins. Literary maverick Ernest Hemingway once wrote that the sport of bull fighting “is the only art in which the artist is in danger of death and in which the degree of brilliance in the performance is left to the fighter’s honour.” For many this traditional sport is [...]

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Tomas Alfredson: Let The Right One In.

Greg King talks to Swedish director Tomas Alfredson, about his new vampire film Let The Right One In. From Sweden, the home of ABBA, Volvo, IKEA and SAAB, comes this unusual vampire tale. Based on the best selling novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist, Let The Right One In tells the story of the connection between [...]

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ZACK AND MIRI MAKE A PORNO

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Kevin Smith Stars: Seth Rogen, Elizabeth Banks, Jason Mewes, Craig Robinson, Jeff Anderson, Jeff Anderson, Katie Morgan, Brandon Routh, Justin Long. With such a wonderful wowser baiting title this latest production from Kevin Smith (Clerks, etc) is likely to attract attention for some of the wrong reasons. At times Smith [...]

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MY BLOODY VALENTINE 3D

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Patrick Lussier Stars: Jensen Ackles, Kerr Smith, Jaime King, Kevin Tighe, Tom Atkins. In the ‘50’s a number of cheap exploitation films experimented with 3D effects to heighten the impact on audiences (House of Wax, etc), but the fad soon died out. It was briefly revived in the ‘80’s through [...]

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RACHEL GETTING MARRIED

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jonathan Demme Stars: Anne Hathaway, Rosemarie DeWitt, Debra Winger, Bill Irwin, Tunde Adebimpe, Robyn Hitchcock, Roger Corman. Those who stereotype Anne Hathaway as a wholesome, lightweight actress capable only of playing good girls and perennially perky princesses may want to revise their opinions after seeing her solid performance in the [...]

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GHOST TOWN

Reviewed by GREG KING. Director: David Koepp Stars: Ricky Gervais, Greg Kinnear, Tea Leoni, Alan Ruck, Kristen Wiig, Bill Campbell, Dana Ivey. Dentist Bertram Pincus (Ricky Gervais) is a socially inept, obnoxious, misogynist. That changes after he enters hospital for a seemingly routine procedure. A mishap on the operating table sees him clinically dead for [...]

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