Cinema Review Archive: February 2002

Royal Tenenbaums, The

Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed the theatrical release of The Royal Tenenbaums. An excellent and quirky humourous/serious cast ensemble piece from Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson, starring Gene Hackman, Anjelica Huston, Ben Stiller, Luke Wilson, Owen Wilson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Bill Murray, Danny Glover.

Ali

Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed the theatrical release of Ali. The thoughtful study of the greatest boxer of all time, directed by Michael Mann and starring Will Smith, Jon Voight, Jamie Foxx, Mario Van Peebles, Mykelti Williamson. If it were fiction, Ali would be classed as excellent, but as a study into the fantastic character that was Muhammad Ali, the film has no soul.

Ali

Alexander Larman has reviewed the theatrical release of Ali. Anyone waiting for Michael Mann to make a bad film may well be disappointed by this; the rest of us can enjoy an intelligent and superbly made look at Ali's extraordinary life, with an excellent performance from Will Smith as the man himself

Beautiful Mind, A

Alexander Larman has reviewed the theatrical release of A Beautiful Mind. A solidly well made and enjoyable biopic, with a surprisingly daring twist in the middle, the film still suffers from the usual cliches of the genre, and has a love it or hate it performance from Russell Crowe at its centre

Charlotte Gray

Cate Blanchett goes behind enemy lines in Charlotte Gray, a good-looking but deeply flawed World War II romantic thriller. Gary Couzens has reviewed the theatrical release, which opens in the UK and Ireland on 22 February.

In The Bedroom

Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed the theatrical release of In The Bedroom. The critically acclaimed powerful drama that looks set to snap up a few Oscars next month. Starring Sissy Spacek, Tom Wilkinson, Nick Stahl and Marisa Tomei.

Ocean's Eleven (2001)

Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed the theatrical release of Ocean's Eleven. The all-star remake of the Rat Pack Heist Sixties movie of the same name, directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Andy Garcia and Matt Damon.

Lady and the Duke, The

Gary Couzens has reviewed the theatrical release of The Lady and the Duke. A true story of the French Revolution is a departure for Eric Rohmer, who makes striking use of digital video.The Lady and the Duke is released in the UK on 15 February.

From Hell

Alexander Larman has reviewed the theatrical release of From Hell. The Hughes brothers have made a fresh, original and chilling look at Jack the Ripper's legend; read on to see if Johnny Depp's English accent cuts the mustard