Monthly Archives: February 2010

MY NAME IS KHAN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Karan Johar Stars: Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Jennifer Echols, Christopher B Duncan, Benny Nieves, Dominic Renda, Kenton Duty, Katy A Keane. Hoping to capture some of the same popular cross over appeal of the enormously successful Slumdog Millionaire comes My Name Is Khan, a big budget co-production between 20th Century [...]

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NORTH FACE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Phlipp Stoelzl Stars; Benno Furmann, Johanna Wokalek, Florian Lukas, Georg Friedrich, Simon Schwarz, Ulrich Tukur. Philipp Stoelzl’s riveting drama North Face pays homage to the mountain climbing films that were an extremely popular part of German cinema in the 1930’s, particularly the films of Arnold Franck and Leni Riefenstahl. Those [...]

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FROM PARIS WITH LOVE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Pierre Morel Stars: John Travolta, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Kasia Smutniak, Richard Durden. Prolific French writer/producer/director Luc Besson makes action thrillers that take on Hollywood at its own game. He produced the Transporter series, and directed such edgy thrillers like The Professional and La Femme Nikita. His latest formulaic adrenaline-charged big [...]

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PERCY JACKSON & THE LIGHTNING THIEF

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Chris Columbus Stars: Logan Lerman, Brandon T Jackson, Catherine Keener, Pierce Brosnan, Sean Bean, Kevin McKidd, Uma Thurman, Alexandra Daddario, Jake Abel, Steve Coogan, Rosario Dawson, Melina Kanakaredes, Joe Panoliano. Chris Columbus, who directed the first two Home Alone movies and the first two films in the extremely lucrative Harry [...]

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A SINGLE MAN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Tom Ford Stars: Colin Firth, Nicholas Hoult, Julianne Moore, Matthew Goode. A Single Man follows the last day in the life of George Falconer (Colin Firth), a homosexual college lecturer who is still grieving the tragic death of his lover Jim (played by Matthew Goode) eight months earlier. Haunted by [...]

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THE BLIND SIDE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: John Lee Hancock Stars: Sandra Bullock, Quinton Aaron, Tim McGraw, Kathy Bates, Lily Collins, Jae Head, Ray McKinnon, Tom Nowicki. Sandra Bullock has appeared in so many bland and pedestrian romantic comedies (last year’s dire All About Steve, etc) that it is easy to forget that, when given the right [...]

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SHUTTER ISLAND

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Martin Scorsese Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Ben Kingsley, Mark Ruffalo, Max Von Sydow, Michelle Williams, John Carroll Lynch, Emily Mortimer, Patricia Clarkson, Ted Levine, Jackie Earle Haley, Elias Koteas. The fourth collaboration between Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio, Shutter Island is a gripping psychological thriller, which contains a couple of unexpected [...]

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A PROPHET

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jacques Audiard Stars: Tahar Rahim, Niels Arestrup, Adel Bencherif, Hichem Yacoubi. This engrossing French drama from director Jacques Audiard ranks up there with Papillon, Cool Hand Luke and The Shawshank Redemption as amongst the best prison movies. Audiard is one of a new breed of French directors whose films are [...]

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