Film

The Deep South dance film that pops anti-American snobbery

By Lemez Lovas, July 17, 2008

Alex Reuben’s dance movie is designed to blow apart European stereotypes about US culture.


For a man who does not trust words much, Alex Reuben is pretty easy to talk to. An art-school lecturer in London, with a background in design and DJing, he is best known today for his work with dancers — teaching them, choreographing for camera, and producing beautiful short films on dance.

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Review: Wall-E

By Gerald Aaron, July 17, 2008

 (U)

Pixar-Disney’s latest animated feature would have to be very good indeed to live up to the hype accompanying it. Fortunately, it is. 

In effect, this magnificent science fiction-romantic-comedy-adventure, directed by Andrew (Finding Nemo) Stanton, is two films.

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Standard Operating Procedure

By Gerald Aaron, July 17, 2008

 (15)

The whole world knows about the ill-treatment of inmates of Iraqi prisoners at the Abu Ghraib jail, not least because of their American army tormentors documented proceedings in a set of photographs.

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Meet Dave

By Gerald Aaron, July 17, 2008

 (PG)

Director Brian Robbins’s seriously silly but entertainingly science-fiction comedy has Eddie Murphy playing the commander of an Eddie Murphy-lookalike spaceship on a mission involving the destruction of Earth.  Forget the plot and enjoy watching spaceship Murphy, under the command of his minuscule alter ego, learn to walk and talk and bond with humans in a series of mostly crude but often very funny verbal and visual gags.  

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Saving Grace

By Gerald Aaron, July 10, 2008

 (15)

Julianne Moore’s compelling portrait of the social climber Barbara Daly, who married Bakelite heir Brooks Bakeland, adds considerable impact to this true-life story of decadence, incest and murder. The melodramatic screenplay stages the story in six, sometimes disjointed, “acts”, but it says much for the control exerted by director Tom Kalin that the film still grips hard.

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Mamma Mia!

By Gerald Aaron, July 10, 2008

 (PG)

Over 30 million theatregoers have seen the Mamma Mia! stage show. If only half that number see the new film version of the celebrated Abba musical, then it will truly be a hit, and the song Money, Money, Money will apply. 

Fans of the band will not be disappointed. Others, for whom Abba is a four-letter word, need not apply.

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Journey To The Centre Of The Earth 3D

By Gerald Aaron, July 10, 2008

 (PG)

Jules Verne’s classic 1864 fantasy is revamped into a thrill-packed family adventure. Brendan Fraser is scientist Trevor who leads a party to the Earth’s core when the search for his missing brother goes badly wrong. First-time director Eric Brevig delivers in-your-face 3D effects early on, then entertainingly concentrates on exciting storytelling. A journey well worth making.

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Isabelle Stead gets an award nomination for her film, Kosher

By Candice Krieger, July 4, 2008

Film director Isabelle Stead has been nominated for an award for her creation, Kosher. The film — a comedy about a young Jewish boy who befriends a pig — is up for Best Short Script at the Super Shorts International Film Festival currently taking place.

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Kung Fu Panda

By Gerald Aaron, July 3, 2008

(PG)

There have been times (Nacho Libre, Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny and Be Kind Rewind,  for example) when Jack Black has effortlessly gone over the top and delivered cartoon-like performances. 

Here, seemingly uncurbed by directors John Stevenson, Mark Osborne and Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger’s simple slapstick-oriented screenplay, his  vocal characterisation of the overweight clumsy protagonist of this cheerful animated comedy is infectiously funny.

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The Mist

By Gerald Aaron, July 3, 2008

 (15)

It does not take writer-director Frank Darabont long to establish a tangible atmosphere of unease in his nerve-scraping film of Stephen King’s 1980 novella (co-produced by Darabont with, among others, Harvey and Bob Weinstein) .

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