Monthly Archives: September 2009

BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Peter Hyams Stars: Jesse Metcalf, Amber Tamblyn, Michael Douglas, Joel David Moore, Orlando Jones. Originally filmed in 1956, Beyond A Reasonable Doubt was a cleverly scripted drama that offered a harsh criticism of the death penalty. It was also the final film German director Fritz Lang made in Hollywood before [...]

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JULIE & JULIA

Reviwed by GREG KING Director: Nora Ephron Stars: Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Stanley Tucci, Chris Messina, Jane Lynch, Frances Sternhagen, Linda Emond, Helen Carey, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Joan Juliet Buck, Crystal Noelle. Julia Child was a celebrity cook, ahead of her time in bringing French recipes to the ordinary American housewife in the 1950’s and [...]

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A PERFECT GETAWAY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: David Twohy Stars: Steve Zahn, Milla Jovocih, Timothy Olyphant, Kiele Sanchez, Chris Hemsworth, Marley Shelton. As a writer David Twohy has flitted easily between genres. Over the years his remarkable output has included the superb big screen adaptation of the classic tv series The Fugitive and the exciting Terminal Velocity. [...]

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Australian noir retrospective. Interview with richard sowada, acmi’s head of programming

Interview by GREG KING. “When you talk about noir, you have to reference the more traditional American kind of noir type things where good men or good people sometime turn bad – that journey may be unpalatable,” says Richard Sowada, ACMI’s Head of Programming. When you think of film noir, you typically think of those [...]

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VALENTINO: THE LAST EMPEROR

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Matt Tyrnauer. Hot on the heels of The September Issue comes another documentary about a fashion icon who is also quite a control freak. Valentino Garavani is probably the most iconic name in the world of high fashion, and is referred to only by the one highly recogniseable name. [...]

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FIGHTING

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Dito Montiel Stars: Channing Tatum, Terrence Howard, Zulay Henao, Brian White, Luiz Guzman, Altagracia Guzman. Another variation on the familiar tale of the underdog gaining redemption on the mean streets of New York, Fighting is of interest. In Fighting we first meet naïve but hot-tempered Shawn MacArthur (Channing Tatum), when [...]

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THE TAKING OF PELHAM 123

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Tony Scott Stars: Denzel Washington, John Travolta, Luis Guzman, James Gandolfini, John Turturro. Joseph Sargent’s taut 1974 thriller about a group of criminals who hijack a New York subway train and hold the passengers to ransom has been given a typically muscular makeover in Tony Scott’s contemporary remake. Scott adds [...]

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