Monthly Archives: February 2012

CONTRABAND

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Baltasar Kormakur Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Kate Beckinsale, Ben Foster, Giovanni Ribisi, Caleb Landry Jones, J K Simmons, Lukas Haas, Diego Luna, David O’Hara, Lucky Johnson, Olafur Darri Olafsson. Like so many other European films before it the tough, uncompromising 2008 Icelandic thriller Reyjavik-Rotterdam undergoes a Hollywood remake. The star of [...]

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GONE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Heitor Dhalia Stars: Amanda Seyfried, Daniel Sunjata, Jennifer Carpenter, Wes Bentley, Emily Wickersham, Sebastian Stan, Nick Searcy, Socratic Otto, Joel David Moore, Michael Pare, Sam Upton, Ted Rooney, Hunter Parrish, Susan Hess. Gone is an okay thriller that breathes some life into a familiar formula about the girl who cried [...]

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LATE BLOOMERS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Julie Gavras Stars: William Hurt, Isabella Rossellini, Joanna Lumley, Doreen Mantle, Simon Callow, Aidan McArdle, Kate Ashfield, Luke Treadaway, Leslie Phillips, Hugo Speer, Arta Dobroshi. This lightweight romantic comedy about a middle-aged couple facing up to the fact that they are aging is aimed at a more mature audience, and [...]

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EXTREMELY LOUD & INCREDIBLY CLOSE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Stephen Daldry Stars: Thomas Horn, Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, Max Von Sydow, Viola Davis, John Goodman, Jeffrey Wright, Zoe Caldwell, Stephen Henderson. British theatre director Stephen Daldry tackles big political and emotional themes in his films (Billy Elliott, The Reader, etc). Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close poignantly deals with the [...]

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ONE FOR THE MONEY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Julie Anne Robinson Stars: Katherine Heigl, Jason O’Mara, Daniel Sunjata, John Leguizamo, Sherri Shepherd, Debbie Reynolds, Debra Monk, Nate Mooney, Adam Paul, Fisher Stevens, Patrick Fischler, Ana Reeder, Annie Parisse, Ryan Michelle Bathe, Leonardo Nam, Gavin-Keith Umeh, Louis Mustillo. The comic crime film One For The Money has been released [...]

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TYRANNOSAUR

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Paddy Considine Stars: Peter Mullan, Olivia Colman, Eddie Marsan.   This hard hitting and confronting drama marks the directorial debut of actor Paddy Considine (In America, etc). Considine appeared in a number of films by British director Shane Meadows (A Room For Romeo Brass, Dead Man’s Shoes, etc), and he [...]

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KILLER ELITE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Gary McKendry Stars: Jason Statham, Clive Owen, Robert De Niro, Dominic Purcell, Aden Young, Yvonne Strahovski, Ben Mendelsohn, Adewale Akinnuaye-Aghaje, David Whiteley, Lachy Hulme, Firass Dirani, Nick Tate, Matthew Nable, Billie Brown, Grant Bowler, Michael Dorman.   This formulaic but exciting action thriller is not a remake of Sam Peckinpah’s [...]

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SHAME

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Steve McQueen Stars: Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan James Badge Dale, Nicole Beharie. This powerful, uncompromising and sexually explicit drama reunites Michael Fassbender with Steve McQueen, the director of Hunger. Shame is a confronting character study about loneliness, sex, addiction and the high price we sometimes pay for our addictions. It [...]

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