Cinema Review Archive: January 2002

Shallow Hal

Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed the theatrical release of Shallow Hal. The latest farce from the Farrelly Brothers, starring Jack Black and Gwyneth Paltrow, learning to look for the 'inner beauty' of a person.

Vanilla Sky

Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed the theatrical release of Vanilla Sky. The Tom Cruise English language rehash of Alejandro Amenábar's Abre los ojos, starring Penelope Cruz and Jason Lee and Directed by Cameron Crowe. Released Nationwide Friday 25th January 2002.

Iris

Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed the theatrical release of Iris. An intimate film dealing with author Iris Murdoch's tragic battle with Alzheimer's disease. The film skims the surface on many issues, but has four excellent performances in Dame Judi Dench, Kate Winslet, Jim Broadbent and Hugh Bonneville.

Black Hawk Down

Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed the theatrical release of Black Hawk Down. A technically brilliant Ridley Scott film dealing with the infamous US military disaster mission in Somalia in 1993. It's a pity the sole novelty of it being 'realistic' wears away quite soon into the film, leaving it completely empty underneath. That said, many will probably disagree.

Mulholland Dr.

Mark Boydell has reviewed the theatrical release of Mulholland Dr., David Lynch's latest release - an intriguing film set in Hollywood with some sharp satire along with some truly surreal moments.

Mean Machine

Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed the theatrical release of Mean Machine. The British remake of the 1974 film The Longest Yard, starring Vinnie Jones as an ex-England captain imprisoned for drunken assault and forced to captain an inmates team against the prison guards in a friendly football match.

Monsters, Inc.

Bex has reviewed the theatrical release of Monsters, Inc. - the latest offering from Pixar. The film takes us behind the scenes at the main power plant in Monstropolis, where hard-working monsters labour to elicit screams from young children to power their city. Monsters, Inc. is released in the UK on 8th February.

Last Orders

Gary Couzens has reviewed the theatrical release of Last Orders, a superbly made, funny and moving film (based on Graham Swift's Booker Prizewinning novel) with a great cast led by Michael Caine, Tom Courtenay, David Hemmings, Bob Hoskins, Helen Mirren and Ray Winstone.Last Orders is released in London on 11 January, nationwide on 18 January.

Day I Became a Woman, The

Gary Couzens has reviewed the theatrical release of The Day I Became a Woman. Marzieh Meshkini's film tells three simple stories about three ages of Iranian women, and is further proof of the vibrancy of her country's cinema right now.

Kandahar

Michael Brooke has reviewed the theatrical release of Kandahar, a stark, often surreal portrait of life in Afghanistan that current events have turned into the most timely and important release of the last few months.

Monsoon Wedding

Michael Brooke has reviewed the theatrical release of Monsoon Wedding, a wonderfully colourful and exuberant look at the pleasure and pain behind a large-scale Punjabi wedding that looks certain to be a huge word of mouth hit when it opens here in a few days' time.