54: THE DIRECTOR’S CUT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Mark Christopher Stars: Ryan Phillipe, Breckin Meyer, Salma Hayek, Mike Myers, Ellen Albertini Dow, Sela Ward, Sherry Stringfield, Heather Matarazzo, Skipp Sudduth. Sex, drugs and disco? The popular New York disco Studio 54, run by entrepreneur Steve Rubell, epitomised the hedonistic lifestyle of the late 70s. Rubell's aim was to create a place where ordinary, but good looking people, could mix with celebrities for a party that would never end. He created a place where the rich and famous and the beautiful people converged to party, Continue reading

THE LINCOLN LAWYER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Brad Furman Stars: Mathew McConaughey, Ryan Phillipe, Marisa Tomei, Bryan Cranston, William H Macy, Frances Fisher, Laurence Mason. This adaptation avoids many of the pitfalls that have ruined many other movie adaptations of popular, best selling novels. Although the two are different mediums, audiences familiar with the source will still come to the film with preconceived notions about the characters and the story. The Lincoln Lawyer is based on the 2005 novel written by prolific crime writer Michael Connelly, a purveyor of Continue reading

CRASH

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Paul Haggis Stars: Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle, Matt Dillon, Brendan Fraser, Terrence Howard, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Thandie Newton, Ryan Phillipe, Larenz Tate, William Fichtner, Jennifer Esposito. In the same vein as Altman's Short Cuts and Paul Thomas Anderson's overrated Magnolia, Crash is a sprawling film, featuring multi-layered and parallel narratives, populated by a variety of characters, whose lives and actions often intersect those of others during a thirty six hour period in Los Angeles. Crash is a powerful, Continue reading

I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jim Gillespie Stars: Jennifer Love Hewitt , Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillipe, Freddie Prinze jr, Johnny Galecki, Bridgette Wilson, Anne Heche , Muse Watson Running Time:100 minutes. Kevin Williamson 's clever, original script for Scream demonstrated a keen eye for the clich├ęs of the slasher genre, and the film was characterised by a sly wit and ironic touches that deftly punctured many of them with knowing style and ease. However, his new script for the teen slasher horror film I Know What You Did Last Summer lacks that Continue reading