HOTEL RWANDA

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Terry George Stars: Don Cheadle, Sophie Okonedo, Nick Nolte, Joaquin Phoenix Irish writer/director Terry George (Some Mothers' Sons, etc) is a film maker with a conscience and is not afraid of courting controversy. His latest film is a powerful and potent drama set against the background of one of the bloodiest episodes of recent African history - the Rwandan genocide of the mid-'90's, an incident that garnered very little interest in the western media at the time. Following the assassination of the country's President in Continue reading

HIDE AND SEEK

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: John Polson Stars: Robert De Niro, Dakota Fanning, Famke Janssen, Dylan Baker, Elisabeth Shue, Melissa Leo, Robert John Baker, Amy Irving. Australian actor turned director John Polson is certainly carving out a niche for himself in Hollywood as a proficient director of B-grade Hitchcock-like thrillers. First there was the suspense of the teen Fatal Attraction like Swimfan, and now there's the slasher thrills of the supernatural-themed Hide And Seek, both of which have been huge successes in the States. Hide And Seek is a Continue reading

HATING ALISON ASHLEY

reviewed by GREG KING Director: Geoff Bennett Stars: Saskia Burmeister, Delta Goodrem, Craig McLachlan, Jean Kitson, Tracey Mann. At the centre of this story of teenage angst and growing pains is the rivalry between teacher's pet Erica Yuken (relative newcomer Saskia Burmeister) and Alison Ashley (Delta Goodrem), the new girl in school who seems set to usurp Erica's place in the pecking order. Erica is something of a loner and a misfit, who grows more suspicious of the seemingly perfect Alison, and is intent on undermining her at every turn. Events come to a head Continue reading

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Peter Berg Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Lukas Black, Derek Luke, Jay Hernandez, Garrett Hedlund, Tim McGraw. High school football has been the subject of many American movies, ranging from the vapid Varsity Blues through to the inspirational true story of Remember The Titans, and many often buy into the sport as a metaphor for life theme. Friday Night Lights is yet another film set against the background of high school football, but this one takes a different tack as it explores grander themes than just the sport Continue reading

FIRST DAUGHTER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Forest Whittaker Stars: Katie Holmes, Marc Blucas, Michael Keaton, Margaret Colin, Amelie. Just when it seemed that Dawson's Creek's Katie Holmes was leaving behind cute teenage roles for something more edgy (Pieces Of April, Go, etc) she returns to the type of role that may satisfy her fans but hardly challenges her dramatically. Possibly inspired by the antics of Chelsea Clinton, First Daughter is hackneyed and cliched teen comedy, overladen with fairy-tale trappings, depicting what happens when the President's only daughter Continue reading