LIFE AS A HOUSE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Irwin Winkler Stars: Kevin Kline, Kristin Scott Thomas, Hayden Christensen, Jamey Sheridan, Mary Steenburgen, Jena Malone While the title may not exactly sound riveting, Life As A House is a moving and beautifully written drama that explores a number of serious and important themes with surprising honesty and intelligence - themes like family, death, alienation, teenage angst, the inability to change or escape the past, and the healing power of love. George (Kevin Kline) is an architect who is sacked from his job after 26 Continue reading

HIGH CRIMES

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Carl Franklin Stars: Ashley Judd, Jim Caviziel, Morgan Freeman, Bruce Davison, Adam Scott Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman are reunited for the first time since the slick serial-killer thriller Kiss The Girls, and their easy-going rapport and familiarity lifts this gripping but occasionally cliched thriller. Based on a best selling novel by Joseph Finder, High Crimes is a rather gripping suspense thriller and court room drama, with some red herrings and unexpected twists to keep the audience hooked, but ultimately it lacks the Continue reading

THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Kevin Reynolds Stars: Guy Pearce, Jim Caviziel, Richard Harris, Dagmara Dominiczky While Alexandre Dumas' classic tale Of The Three Musketeers has been a favourite of Hollywood with many cinematic incarnations over the years, there have also been several film adaptations of The Count Of Monte Cristo, a stirring nineteenth century tale of betrayal and revenge. The two best known screen versions include the 1934 swash buckler, with Robert Donat in the title role, and a 1974 made-for-television movie released theatrically, with Continue reading

THE SCORPION KING

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Chuck Russell Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Kelly Hu, Steven Brand, Grant Heslov, Bernard Hill Heavy weight wrestler The Rock (real name Dwayne Johnson) kick starts a new action franchise with this prequel of sorts to The Mummy. The first in a proposed trilogy, The Scorpion King gives audiences the backstory of the Scorpion King, who was a minor character in Stephen Sommers' big budget action fantasy The Mummy Returns. Apparently The Rock turned down a role in the disappointing The One to play the smaller role of the Scorpion King in Continue reading

TEXAS RANGERS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Steve Miner Stars: Dylan McDermott, James Van Der Beek, Robert Patrick, Tom Skerrit, Alfred Molina, Ashton Kutcher, Usher Raymond, Matt Keeslar, Rachel Leigh Cook. So this is what tv stars do while their regular series take a mid-season break? Dylan McDermott (from The Practice) and James Van Der Beek (from Dawson's Creek) pop up in this second rate western about the origin of the Texas Rangers in post-Civil War Texas. It's an idea that has been explored many times before in the past, and this young guns approach brings little Continue reading