Monthly Archives: September 2010

THE CITY OF YOUR FINAL DESTINATION

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: James Ivory Stars: Omar Metwally, Laura Linney, Charlotte Gainsborough, Anthony Hopkins, Hiroyuki Sanada, Norma Alejandro, Alexandra Maria Lara, Norma Argentina. Anyone familiar with the Merchant-Ivory canon will know what to expect here. The City Of Your Final Destination is a languidly paced but visually sumptuous drama, a lyrical and literate [...]

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DINNER FOR SCHMUCKS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jay Roach Stars: Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Jake Galifianakis, Stephanie Szostak, Lucy Punch, Jermaine Clement, Bruce Greenwood, David Walliams, Ron Livingston, Larry Wilmore, Kristen Schaal, P J Byrne, Chris O’Dowd. Prolific French writer/director Francis Veber is known for his slap stick comedies usually featuring odd couples caught in embarrassing situations. [...]

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WALL STREET: MONEY NEVER SLEEPS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Oliver Stone Stars: Michael Douglas, Shia LaBoeuf, Carey Mulligan, Josh Brolin, Susan Sarandon, Frank Langella, Eli Wallach, Charlie Sheen, Austin Pendleton. “Greed is good!” was the mantra of charismatic corporate raider Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) in Oliver Stone’s Wall Street, his blistering 1987 examination of corporate greed and the worst [...]

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THE TREE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Julie Bertucelli Stars: Charlotte Gainsborough, Marton Csokas, Christian Byers, Tom Russell, Morgana Davies, Aden Young, Arthur Dignam, Penne Hackforth-Jones. Filmed in Queensland, this French/Australian co-production is a moving character driven drama. Like the recent The Boys Are Back, the film looks at a family in crisis, and it deals with [...]

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SAGAN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Diane Kurys Stars: Sylvie Testud, Pierre Palmade, Jeanne Balibar, Arielle Dombasle, Lionel Abelanski, Guillaume Gallienne, Denis Podalydes, Samuel labarthe, Chantal Neuwirth, Gwendoline Hamon. Biopics about writers are often difficult because the craft of writing itself is such an internal process that it doesn’t naturally lend itself to dramatic moments on [...]

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THE RELUCTANT INFIDEL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Josh Appignanesi Stars: Omid Djalili, Richard Schiff, Archie Panjabi, Yigal Naor, Amir Shah, Soraya Redford. Religion and culture clashes abound in this wonderful British comedy that dares to poke fun at both Muslims and Jewish faith, at religious bigotry, and at religious stereotypes. Like the recent black comedy Four Lions, [...]

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CHARLIE ST CLOUD

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Burr Speers Stars: Zac Efron, Amanda Crew, Charlie Tahan, Augustus Prew, Ray Liotta, Kim Basinger, Donal Logue, Dave Franco. Zac Efron proved that there was more to him than the pretty Disney-approved star of the High School Musical series with his solid performance in the recent Me And Orson Welles [...]

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I’M STILL HERE

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Casey Affleck. Watching Joaquin Phoenix’s career self implode is akin to watching a train wreck in slow motion – you know it’s ugly and going to end badly, yet you cannot look away. In 2008 Oscar nominated actor Joaquin Phoenix (Gladiator, etc) announced that he was sick of the [...]

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