MR RIGHT

Reviewed by Greg King Director: Paco Cabezas Stars: Anna Kendrick, Sam Rockwell, Tim Roth, James Ransome, Anson Mount, RZA, Kate Nehas, Michael Eklund. This romcom/action comedy with a high body count depicts the whirlwind relationship that develops between a deadly efficient hitman and a ditzy girl. There have been a couple of other romantic comedies involving hitmen, including Mr And Mrs Smith, Killers with Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heigl, the dire Gigli, the low point of Ben Affleck's career, and even Prizzi's Honour, with Jack Nicholson, Kathleen Turner Continue reading

POLTERGEIST

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Gil Kenan Stars: Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Jared Harris, Jane Adams, Nicholas Braun, Saxon Sharbino, Kyle Catlett, Kennedi Clements, Susan Heyward. This is an unnecessary remake of the 1982 horror film of the same name, and it shows that Hollywood studios are basically lacking in originality and imagination. While this remake basically adheres to the story of the original it adds little beyond some CGI special effects and modern touches. The original film was written by Steven Spielberg and directed by Tobe Hooper (of The Texas Continue reading

COWBOYS & ALIENS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jon Favreau Stars: Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Paul Dano, Keith Carradine, Olivia Wilde, Sam Rockwell, Noah Ringer. As a genre the traditional western is virtually moribund, but Hollywood keeps churning out some interesting variations on the theme that temporarily breathe life into the form. The latest is Cowboys & Aliens, and the title basically says all you need to know. Imagine the likes of iconic hero John Wayne taking on aliens, and you’ll get the drift! It’s The Searchers meets Independence Day as the film combines Continue reading

CONVICTION

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Tony Goldwyn Stars: Hilary Swank, Sam Rockwell, Melissa Leo, Minnie Driver, Juliette Lewis, Peter Gallagher, Ari Graynor. Hilary Swank was obviously on the lookout for more Oscar bait when she chose Conviction as her next film project. Part courtroom drama, part prison film, Conviction is based on a true story of a miscarriage of justice, and tells of another battler fighting against injustices and the complex legal system in the same vein as Erin Brockovich, The Hurricane etc. It showcases the type of strong, tenacious working Continue reading

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Michael Hoffman Stars: Kevin Kline, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christian Bale, Calista Flockhart, Stanley Tucci, Rupert Everett, Dominic West, Anna Friel, Sophie Marceau, David Strathairn, Sam Rockwell, Roger Rees. To see, or not to see? That is indeed the question regarding Michael Hoffman's rather disappointing and pedestrian adaptation of Shakespeare's whimsical comedy about romance, mismatched lovers and a little night magic. Unlike other directors, such as Baz Luhrmann and his brilliant contemporary version of Romeo And Juliet, Continue reading