Film

Awake

By Gerald Aaron, April 3, 2008

(15)

At the start of writer-director Joby Harold’s feature debut, we learn that every year, one in 700 people wake up during surgery. The prospect is scary enough on its own. Harold resourcefully goes one step ahead by having his wealthy captain of industry protagonist, Clayton Beresford Jr (Hayden Christensen), find himself still awake, paralysed and unable to communicate after having been anaesthetised for a heart transplant operation.

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I'm A Cyborg

By Gerald Aaron, April 3, 2008

(15)

Korean director Pan-Chan Wook, best known for his violent Vengeance trilogy, switches direction with this enjoyably quirky blend of romantic comedy and fantasy.

Radio-assembly-line worker Yeong-gun (Lim Su-jeong) is admitted to a mental institution convinced she is a cyborg.

There she meets frequent inmate Il-soon, played by “Korea’s pop sensation” Jung Ji-hoon and love slowly blossoms. While the narrative arc is slight and the film is rather too long, there is considerable entertainment on the way.

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How She Move

By Gerald Aaron, April 3, 2008

(12A)

Here is yet another tale of a young girl making good by dancing like crazy. The dancing is energetic, the seen-it-all-before story tedious.

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Review: Drillbit Taylor

By Gerald Aaron, March 28, 2008

(12A)

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27 Dresses

By Gerald Aaron, March 28, 2008

 (12A)

Knocked Up star Katherine Heigl gives a refreshing performance as an all-American girl who finally finds true love after being the eternal bridesmaid. Nobody, least of all director Anne Fletcher, would claim this romcom is innovatory — the expected happy ending is obvious from early on. But it is charming and funny, and entertainingly reinvigorates the formula. An ideal date movie.

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Review: The Book Of Revelation

By Gerald Aaron, March 28, 2008

 (18)

There is as much eroticism as mystery at the heart of director Anna Kokkinos’s strictly-for-adults film of Rupert Thompson’s well-received novel in which Melbourne dancer Daniel (Tom Long) is kidnapped and subjected to sexual abuse by three masked women. The sequences of Daniel’s humiliation are graphic, and leave the film open to accusations of exploitation. That said, it is a stylish, provocative thriller whose narrative is marred only by the sexual staging.

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The Everyman gets a few more screen

By Alex Kasriel, March 28, 2008

Hampstead cinema-owner Daniel Broch has just acquired the Screen chain.

Changes are afoot in the North London cinema scene. In a deal worth £7 million, Daniel Broch, the man behind Hampstead’s Everyman cinema, has taken over the Screen chain, which includes the Screen on the Hill in Belsize Park, Screen on Baker Street and Islington’s Screen on the Green.

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Beaufort

By Gerald Aaron, March 28, 2008

 (15) 

Israeli director Joseph Cedar has an enviable record: his first two feature films, 2001’s Time of Favour and Campfire (2004), were chosen as his country’s official entries for the Best Foreign Language film Oscar. So, too, was this vivid and compelling, fact-based drama of men at war, scripted by Ron Leshem from his own acclaimed novel.

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Review: Lars And The Real Girl

By Gerald Aaron, March 20, 2008

 (15) 

Given its offbeat premise — shy, delusional, small-town bachelor Lars (Ryan Gosling) buys a life-size, anatomically correct woman on the internet and proceeds to pass “her” off as his wheelchair-bound girlfriend Bianca — Lars and the Real Girl could easily emerged simply as a lascivious sex movie.

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Review: The Spiderwick Chronicles

By Gerald Aaron, March 20, 2008

  (PG)

Young Jared (Freddie Highmore) hates it when his about-to-be-divorced mother Helen (Mary Louise-Parker) takes him, his twin brother Simon (also Highmore), and older sister Mallory (Sarah Bolger) to live in the dilapidated, Addams Family-style mansion which once belonged to their great, great uncle Arthur Spiderwick (David Strathairn).

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