Monthly Archives: November 2010

RARE EXPORTS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jalmari Helander Stars: Onni Tommila, Jorma Tommila, Ilmari Jarvenpao, Rauno Juvonen, Per Christian Ellefson, Peeter Jakobi, Tommi Korpela, Jonathan Hutchings, Risto Salmi. From Finland comes this grim, off beat, bleak and blackly comic take on the usual Christmas tale that offers a bittersweet antidote to the usual cloyingly sentimental Yule [...]

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MEGAMIND

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Tom McGrath Stars: voices of Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Jonah Hill, Brad Pitt, Ben Stiller, J K Simmons, Justin Theroux, Tom McGrath. Megamind is an animated film that pokes fun at the usual cliches of the superhero genre, in particular, Superman, while paying homage to those classic superheroes of yesteryear. [...]

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HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 1

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: David Yates Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Ralph Fiennes, Alan Rickman, Robbie Coltrane, Helena Bonham Carter, Brendan Gleeson, Julie Walters, Bill Nighy, Timothy Spall, Jason Isaacs, Rhys Ifans, John Hurt, Helen McCrory, Imelda Staunton, Peter Mullan, Frances de la Tour, Tom Felton, Richard Griffiths, Fiona Shaw, Warwick Davies, [...]

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FAIR GAME

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Doug Liman Stars: Naomi Watts, Sean Penn, Noah Emmerich, Bruce McGill, Sam Shepard, Ty Burrell, Brooke Smith, Michael kelly, David Andrews, Satya Bhabha, Sunil Mahhotra. Truth is often stranger than fiction, as Fair Game proves. Fair Game is a rivetting political thriller along the lines of All The President’s Men, [...]

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SKYLINE

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Colin and Greg Strause Stars: Eric Balfour, Scottie Thompson, Donald Faison, David Zayas, Brittany Daniel, Crystal Reed, Neil Hopkins. Alien invasion movies appear to be back in vogue, as recently we have had the impressive District 9 and the low budget Monsters. Skyline shares a few thematic similarities with those [...]

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RED HILL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Patrick Hughes Stars: Ryan Kwanten, Steve Bisley, Tommy Lewis, Claire van der Boom, John Brumpton, kevin Harrington. Red Hill is a wonderful genre piece from local filmmaker Patrick Hughes, and is a contemporary Australian take on the classic western. Part action thriller, part revenge thriller, and part modern western, the [...]

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WILD TARGET

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jonathan Lynn Stars: Bill Nighy, Emily Blunt, Rupert Grint, Rupert Everett, Martin Freeman, Eileen Atkins, Gregor Fisher, Rory Kinnear, James O’Donnell. Wild Target is a British remake of Pierre Salvadori’s’s 1993 thoroughly enjoyable black comedy about a hitman in the midst of a mid-career crisis. Somehow, I remember the original [...]

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AGORA

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Alejandro Amenabar Stars: Rachel Weisz, Max Minghella, Oscar Isaacs, Rupert Evans, Michael Lonsdale, Ashraf Barhom, Sami Samir, Richard Durden. This film from Spanish director Alejandro Amenabar (The Others, The Sea Inside, etc) explores the ages old conflict between science and reason versus religion, pagan beliefs and superstition. The film is [...]

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