Monthly Archives: January 2011

TAMARA DREWE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Stephen Frears Stars: Gemma Arterton, Roger Allam, Tamsin Greig, Bill Camp, Luke Evans, Jessica Barden, Charlotte Christie. The press advertisements for Tamara Drewe somewhat grandiosely call it “the best British film of the year!” Such hyperbole doesn’t say much for the state of the British film industry if true! It [...]

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SMASH HIS CAMERA

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Leon Gast. In an age when we crave more and more information about our favourite film stars and celebrities, the paparazzi and their intrusive cameras satiate our voyeuristic appetite for more. But their presence is despised by many, who view them as parasites. During last year’s MIFF we had [...]

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HOW DO YOU KNOW

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: James L Brooks Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, Owen Wilson, Jack Nicholson, Kathryn Hahn, Mark Linn-Baker, Tony Shalhoub, Dean Norris, Molly Price, Lenny Venito, Ron McLarty, John Tormey. How Do You Know is the latest romantic comedy from writer/director James L Brooks who has made some sparkling, witty comedies in [...]

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CATFISH

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Directors: Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost. This low budget, fly on the wall documentary is the antithesis of David Fincher’s award winning drama The Social Network, which chronicled the origins of social networking site Facebook. This fascinating and thought provoking cinema verite-style documentary looks at the consequences and pitfalls of [...]

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ANOTHER YEAR

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Mike Leigh Stars: Jim Broadbent, Ruth Sheen, Lesley Manville, Peter Wight, Oliver Maltman. The painful lives of others? The new film from Mike Leigh is a lowkey affair that explores twelve months in the life of comfortably married couple Tom and Gerri (Leigh veterans Jim Broadbent and Ruth Sheen). They [...]

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THE GREEN HORNET

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Michel Gondry Stars: Seth Rogen Jay Chou, Cameron Diaz, Christoph Waltz, Tom Wilkinson, David Harbour, Edward Furlong, James Franco. After the mighty Kick-Ass showed how a bit of imagination could drive a comic book adaptation, we get this dismal version of yet another comic superhero. This $90 million feature film [...]

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TRUE GRIT

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Joel and Ethan Coen Stars: Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Haillee Steinfeld, Josh Brolin, Barry Pepper, Dakin Matthews. “Fill your hands with lead, you sons of bitches!” Rooster Cogburn, the ornery, tough-as-nails, drunken, one-eyed US marshal dispensing his own brand of justice in the wild west is arguably John Wayne’s most [...]

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WHITE MATERIAL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Claire Denis Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Christophe Lambert, Nicolas Duvauchelle, Isaac De Bankole. French director Claire Denis is the daughter of a French civil servant and she spent most of her formative years in Africa. Many of her films draw upon her memories and experiences of growing up there. Denis has [...]

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