Monthly Archives: July 2009

TYSON

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: James Toback. Tyson is only the second documentary from director James Toback, who began his career with the gritty urban melodrama Fingers. Toback is something of a maverick filmmaker who makes films that are defiantly outside the mainstream of the Hollywood system (Black And White, etc). Next to The [...]

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BEAUTIFUL KATE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Rachel Ward Stars: Ben Mendelsohn, Bryan Brown, Rachel Griffiths, Maeve Dermody, Sophie Lowe, Scott O’Donnell, Josh McFarlane. Beautiful Kate is another local film to delve into a bleak and dysfunctional world, but at least this one has some impressive credentials on both sides of the camera that will potentially help [...]

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DRAG ME TO HELL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Sam Raimi Stars: Alison Lohman, Justin Long, Lorna Raver, Dileep Rao, Adriana Barraza, David Paymer, Chelcie Ross Much of today’s horror movies are cliched, derivative and formulaic, and some are downright nasty. Returning to the tongue-in-cheek vibe of his earlier films like The Evil Dead trilogy and Army Of Darkness, [...]

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PUBLIC ENEMIES

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Michael Mann Stars: Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, Marion Cotillard, James Russo, David Wenham, Leelee Sobieski, Stephen Dorff, Channing Tatum, Emilie De Raven, Billy Crudup, Giovanni Ribisi, Dianna Krall, Bill Camp, John Ortiz, Shawn Hatosy, Stephen Graham, Spencer Garrett, Stephen Lang, Matt Craven, Lili Taylor, Peter Gerety. In 1967 Arthur Penn [...]

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MY SISTER’S KEEPER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Nick Cassavetes Stars: cameron Diaz, Abigail Breslin, Jason Patric, Sofia Vassilieva, Joan Cusack, Alec Baldwin, Evan Ellingson, Thomas Dekker, Jeffrey Markle. Best selling author Jodi Picoult writes books that deal with family relationships, and her novels often explore controversial themes and contemporary issues. A tear jerker of the first order, [...]

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RUDO AND CURSI

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Carlos Cuaron Stars: Gael Garcia Bernal, Diego Luna, Guillermo Fracella, Dolores Heredia, Adriana Paz, Jessica Mas. One of the successes of the Spanish Film Festival was Rudo And Cursi, an enjoyable if cliched comedy about soccer, success and sibling rivalry. It marks the directorial debut of Y Tu Mama Tambien [...]

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THE CHOIR

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Michael Davie. Nominated for an AFI Award, this often-confronting documentary offers a brutally honest look at the harsh realities of life for prisoners in post-Apartheid South Africa. Contemporary South Africa is a dangerous country. The people are hungry, angry and impoverished, and the prisons are full. The notorious high [...]

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HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF BLOOD PRINCE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: David Yates Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Michael Gambon, Alan Rickman, Tom Felton, Jim Broadbent, Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Maggie Smith, David Thewlis, Julie Walters, Warwick Davies, Timothy Spall, David Bradley, Matthew Lewis, Hero Fiennes-Tiffin, Frank Dillane, Gemma Jones, Freddie Stroma, Bonnie Wright. There’s probably a reason [...]

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