Monthly Archives: October 2009

DEPARTURES

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Yojiro Takita Stars: Masahiro Motoki, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Ryoko Hirosue. This sentimental, shamelessly manipulative, delicately paced and quietly mournful Japanese drama was the surprise winner of the 2009 Oscar for Best Foreign Language film. Often this is the most contentious category, because of the far more impressive films overlooked or neglected [...]

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Focus on East German Cinema

GREG KING talks to curator James Nolen and film critic Peter Krausz about ACMI’s upcoming Focus On East German Cinema. “The East Germans made a variety of films, a variety of genres. I thought this would be a great opportunity to look at some of those films,” says James Nolen, curator of ACMI’s upcoming Focus [...]

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AN EDUCATION

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Lone Sherfig Stars: Carey Mulligan, Peter Sarsgaard, Alfred Molina, Olivia Williams, Dominic Cooper, Rosamund Pike, Cara Seymour, Emma Thompson, Sally Hawkins. A charming older man seduces an innocent 16-year-old schoolgirl. But before you put on your raincoats and rush out for a spell of heavy breathing and lascivious entertainment, take [...]

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ALL ABOUT STEVE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Phil Traill Stars: Sandra Bullock, Bradley Cooper, Thomas Haden Church, DJ Quails, Keith David, Howard Hesseman, Mary Grant, Ken Jeong, Kathy Mixon, MC Gainey, Holmes Osborne, Jason Jones. Poor Bradley Cooper! He has gone from appearing in one of the best and funniest comedies of the year in The Hangover, [...]

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THE DAMNED UNITED

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Tom Hooper Stars: Michael Sheen, Timothy Spall, Colm Meaney, Jim Broadbent Even if you do not know much about soccer or particularly enjoy watching sports movies, The Damned United should prove an entertaining and enjoyable experience. A bit like a British version of The Club, the film is a revealing [...]

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THE FINAL DESTINATION

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: David R Ellis Stars: Bobby Campo, Mykelti Williamson, Shantel Van Santen, Nick Zano, Haley Webb, Krista Allen, Andrew Fiscella, Justin Wellborn. We all know what to expect here! A group of good-looking but basically unknown young actors survive a disastrous accident, only to be killed off in a series of [...]

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LOUISE-MICHEL.

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Gustave de Kervern and Benoit Delepine Stars: Yolande Moreau, Bouli Lanners. This trans-gender genre bending black comedy from France was one of the most popular films at this year’s Melbourne International Film Festival. However, Louise-Michel will not appeal to everyone because of its defiantly offbeat nature. The film takes its [...]

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SURROGATES

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jonathan Mostow Stars: Bruce Willis, Radha Mitchell, Rosamund Pike, Jack Noseworthy, Ving Rhames, James Cromwell, Boris Kodjoe. This intriguing but somehow disappointing sci-fi action thriller liberally borrows some ideas, themes and visual ideas from some of the classic of the genre, including Blade Runner, I Robot, Gattaca, Westworld, The Matrix, [...]

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