This witty role reversal comedy
is sure to raise at least a smile. The casting of Robert De Niro as the Mobster
with deep seated psychological problems is perhaps its biggest asset, while
Billy Crystal is the unfortunate therapist chosen to help deal with them. The
mock Freudian analysis of one particular dream is an in joke almost worth the
price of admission alone. Full review from
Oct 1999 issue here!
In a year of movie comebacks
that has seen Terrence Malick and George Lucas return behind the camera, a new
film from Stanley Kubrick was arguably the highlight. That this final film from
the enigmatic director disappoints is a mark of the high standard he maintained
in his career. Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman wrestle with deep seated problems
in their marriage.
Earnest and riveting World War
One drama, a little stagey but well written and solidly acted all the same. One
time Eastender Paul Nicholls is one of the boy soldiers awaiting the
order to go over the top, on the eve of the Battle of the Somme, while Daniel
Craig is superb as his tough sergeant.
Savage satire based around the
phenomenon of the teen beauty pageant. Some take this kind of thing more
seriously than is really healthy, Kirstie Alley among them. As a ghastly
Midwestern Mom she is prepared to go to extreme lengths to see daughter Denise
Richards win, in the face of stiff competition from sweet Kirsten Dunst. If she
has her way stiff will be the word.
Think Pulp Fiction-lite
and you wont be too far away from the tone of this hip and funky drama
that has frequent flashes of quirky comedy. A story told from several
viewpoints, its the tale of Generation X-ers seeking kicks but finding
only heartache and physical hardship instead. A shrewd follow up to director
Doug Limans Swingers.
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