Film

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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The Duchess

By Gerald Aaron, September 4, 2008

(12A)

Costume dramas are very much Keira Knightley's forte, as exemplified by Pride and Prejudice and Atonement. (King Arthur and Silk can safely be ignored).

And she triumphantly proves the point again with her excellent performance - for my money, far and away the best she has ever given on screen - in this persuasive true story of the 18th-century beauty and political activist Georgiana Spencer.

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The film that shows we could all be Nazis

September 4, 2008

A role-playing exercise turned ordinary students into enthusiastic fascists. Now a movie based on this real-life event explores the seductive power of totalitarianism.

 

Ron Jones made a disturbing discovery about human nature in 1967. A popular teacher at Cubberley High School in Palo Alto, California, Jones was lecturing students about Nazi Germany when he was asked how it was possible for ordinary Germans to claim that they knew nothing about the concentration camps and the mass slaughter of Jews.

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Step Brothers

By Gerald Aaron, August 28, 2008

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 Approaching a Will Ferrell comedy expecting sophistication and Wildean wit is about as absurd as believing a political manifesto.

The star of Anchorman and Talladega Nights is rightly celebrated for slapstick, pratfalls and coarse, crass comedy, and he does not disappoint here. He plays work-shy 39-year-old Brennan Huff who still lives at home with his single mother, Nancy (Mary Steenburgen).

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Get Smart

By Gerald Aaron, August 22, 2008

The reworking of Mel Brooks's iconic 1960s spy spoof movie is every bit as funny and clever as the original


 (12A)


The spirit of comic genius Mel Brooks, who co-created the iconic 1960s spy spoof Get Smart, happily hangs over this very funny big-screen reworking that entertainingly updates the original.

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You Don't Mess With The Zohan

By Gerald Aaron, August 15, 2008

(12A)

Adam Sandler's comedies triumphantly prove Hollywood pioneer Adolf Zukor's dictum: "The public is always right". Sandler may be a irritant to film critics, but his success with movie-goers is indisputable. But is the Israel-Palestinian conflict really a suitable subject for his broad slapstick-prone comedy?

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