[Movie Review] How to Kill Your Neighbour's Dog

Starring: Kenneth Brannagh, Robin Wright Penn, David Krumholtz, Lynn Redgrave Director: Michael Kalesniko Genre: Comedy Cert: 15 Released: 2000 I almost always expect Kenneth Brannagh to be donning a dodgy middle-ages moustache or flowery blouse whenever I see him on screen. His fascination with Shakespeare has been the bedrock of his career with successful productions […]

[Movie Review] Lost in Translation

Starring: Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Giovanni Ribisi, Anna Faris Director: Sofia Coppola Genre: Drama Cert: 15 Released: 2003 In recent years I can’t recall a movie that has been talked about so little prior to release and so much afterwards, with perhaps the exception of “The Sixth Sense”. Sofia Coppola, who has struggled to recover […]

[Movie Review] Mr Saturday Night

Starring: Billy Crystal, David Paymer, Helen Hunt, Mary Mara, Julie Warner, Ron Silver Director: Billy Crystal Genre: Drama Cert: 15 Released: 1992 Billy Crystal might be somewhat of an acquired taste for people. While enjoying his acting is one challenge on it’s own, enjoying a movie he not only stars in but also wrote and […]

[Movie Review] The Mothman Prophecies

Starring: Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Will Patton, Debra Messing, David Eigenberg Director: Mark Pellington Genre: Thriller Cert: 12 Released: 2002 You know those Christmas presents that you are certain you are getting? You have a hunch that someone has bought you something in particular and you are really looking forward to it. Even the package […]

[Movie Review] Croupier

Starring: Clive Owen, Alex Kingston, Nicholas Ball, Gina McKee, Alexander Morton, Paul Reynolds Director: Mike Hodges Genre: Drama Cert: 15 Released: 1998 Jack (Owen) is a struggling, aspiring writer who reluctantly follows the suggestion of his father (Ball) and accepts the job as a croupier in a London casino. His girlfriend Marion (McKee), whose flat […]

[Movie Review] Donnie Darko

Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Patrick Swayze, Mary McDonnell, Holmes Osborne Director: Richard Kelly Genre: Drama Cert: 15 Released: 2001 Richard Kelly’s directorial debut is about sardonic but likable schoolkid Donnie (Gyllenhaal – “The Good Girl”, “October Sky”, “Highway”) who, during a sleepwalk one night, encounters a far-from-cute bunny rabbit – Frank – who tells […]

[Movie Review] Red Dragon

Starring: Edward Norton, Anthony Hopkins, Ralph Fiennes, Emily Watson, Harvey Keitel Director: Brett Ratner Genre: Thriller Cert: 18 Released: 2002 I love watching prequels. It’s so much fun watching “Star Wars Episode II” and knowing that Luke’s dad takes a trip to the darkside in future movies. Eh…in “The Amityville Horror Part II”, we see […]

[Movie Review] Signs

Starring: Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix, Cherry Jones, Rory Culkin, Abigail Breslin Director: M Night Shyamalan Genre: Drama Cert: 12 Released: 2002 After a tepid start to his movie career (1992’s “Praying with Anger and 1998’s “Wide Awake”), director M Night Shyamalan was afford the chance to make his breakthrough with 1999’s surprise hit, “The Sixth […]

[Movie Review] My Life as a House

Starring: Kevin Kline, Kristin Scott Thomas, Hayden Christensen, Mary Steenburgen Director: Irwin Winkler Genre: Drama Cert: 15 Released: 2001 If “Life as a House” had been released to US screens in 2002 rather than 2001, then this might have been the low-budget Oscar success at the expense of “In the Bedroom”. But with a delayed […]

[Movie Review] Traffic

Starring: Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta Jones, Benicio Del Toro, Don Cheadle, Miguel Ferrer Director: Steven Soderbergh Genre: Thriller Cert: 18 Released: 2000 “Traffic” cleaned up this year at the Oscars, winning Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor and Best Editing. Director, Steven Soderbergh is not exactly a newcomer, his previous credits are 1989’s controversial […]