Film

Review: Appaloosa

By Gerald Aaron, September 24, 2008

 (15) 

Ed Harris, directing his second film, rides on to the celluloid range with the most enjoyable Western since Clint Eastwood set about saving the genre from big-screen extinction.

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Review: Then She Found Me

By Gerald Aaron, September 19, 2008

Schoolteacher April Hunter - played with understated conviction by Helen Hunt - is Jewish - a fact established at the start with her wedding to boyish Ben (Matthew Broderick). That said, there is nothing particularly Jewish about her character in this witty bittersweet comedy which finds her suffering various family traumas. Hunt's low-key directorial debut is impressive, eliciting effective performances from the other players in a moving and amusing story. More importantly, she allows Bette Midler to give possibly her best performance as the Jewish mother par excellence.

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Review: Tropic Thunder

By Gerald Aaron, September 19, 2008

(15) 

There is a long tradition of Hollywood movies that bite the hand that feeds them - Robert Altman's The Player and Singin' in the Rain are two examples. Ben Stiller ventures into this genre with a tastelessly entertaining comedy, which begins with hilarious trailers for films starring the four leads.

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Pineapple Express

By Gerald Aaron, September 12, 2008

 (15)

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The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas

By Gerald Aaron, September 12, 2008

(12A)

The story is simple and stark. Eight-year-old Bruno (Asa Butterfield) has to leave his plush home in World War Two Berlin when his Nazi officer father (David Thewlis) is transferred to oversee a "new project".

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Boys-own Shoah story

By Nick Johnstone, September 12, 2008

Director Mark Herman switched from British working-class dramas, to the Holocaust with the Boy In Striped Pyjamas. Not everyone was pleased.

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Disaster Movie

By Gerald Aaron, September 4, 2008

No stars (12A)

This painfully unfunny spoof of movies and celebrities is just that - a disaster.

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Never Apologise

By Gerald Aaron, September 4, 2008

★★★★✩ (15)

Film buffs are in for a real treat watching director Mike E Kaplan's engaging, fascinating and happily straightforward film record of Malcolm McDowell's one-man-show at the 2006 Ojai Film Festival.
Standing alone on stage, McDowell intensely recalled his formative experiences with legendary British director Lindsay Anderson who brought him cinema stardom 40-odd years ago with the classic British movies If and O Lucky Man!.

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El Cantante

By Gerald Aaron, September 4, 2008
★★★✩✩ (15) Marc Antony acquits himself very well as increasingly drug-dependent salsa legend Hector Lavoe in director Leon Ichaso’s well made-biopic. But he, and everyone else, is ruthlessly upstaged by Jennifer Lopez who diva-heavy performance as Lavoe’s wife hogs centre-screen whenever possible.

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Rock n Rolla

By Gerald Aaron, September 4, 2008

★★★✩✩ (12A)

It is amazing what the seasoned hand of a leading Hollywood producer can do. With multiplex master Joel The Matrix Silver behind him, writer-director Guy Ritchie rises from the ruins of his last two movies (Revolver and Swept Away) and recovers much of the Mockney form that made his name with Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.

RocknRolla is an energetic and comic (in the broadest sense of the word) fable of duplicitous, violent contemporary London gangsterdom.

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