Cinema Review Archive: December 2003

Cold Mountain

A likely Oscar favourite, Cold Mountain is the latest film from Anthony Minghella, director of The English Patient and The Talented Mister Ripley. Jude Law, Nicole Kidman and Renée Zellweger star in this epic romance set in the last days of the American Civil War. Review by Kevin O'Reilly

Out Of Time

In this contemporary film noir, Denzel Washington plays the likeable police chief of a small Florida town whose good intentions and bad judgement get him mixed up in robbery and murder. Review by Kevin O'Reilly.

Peter Pan (2003)

Peter Pan is the first live-action film version of J.M. Barrie's famous story to be made since the silent era. Does it live up to its promise? Gary Couzens finds out.

Lord of the Rings, The: The Return of the King

Surely the most anticipated movie of the year, Peter Jackson's third and final instalment of the Lord Of The Rings saga sees Frodo reach the land of Mordor while his friends Gandalf and Aragorn prepare to make a last stand against the unstoppable forces of Sauron. Review by Kevin O'Reilly.

Fighting Temptations, The

Gary Couzens has reviewed the cinema release of The Fighting Temptations, a dud comedy-musical starring Cuba Gooding Jr and Beyoncé Knowles which opens today in the UK and Ireland.

Timeline

The discovery of a worm-hole leading back to 14th century France enables a group of archaeologists to see medieval life at first hand in this Hollywood adaptation of Michael Crichton's bestseller. Paul Walker, Frances O'Connor and Billy Connolly star. Review by Kevin O'Reilly.

S.W.A.T.

Rik Booth has reviewed Clark Johnson's cinema adaptation of the '70s television show - proving that even cops dial 911. Starring Colin Farrell, Samuel L. Jackson, Olivier Martinez and Michelle Rodriguez, this action-packed fest is now showing to fulfill your appetite before The Return of the King lands...

Elf

This year's Christmas-themed family movie stars Will Ferrell as a human raised as an elf who leaves the North Pole to track down his real father (James Caan) in New York and discovers that the Big Apple is short on Christmas spirit. Review by Kevin O'Reilly.

Brother Bear

Michael Mackenzie has reviewed Brother Bear, the second-last 2D-animated feature from Walt Disney Pictures, and what looks set to be the last ever film to be produced by the Florida division. Is this a fitting swansong for the studio that previously brought us Mulan and Lilo & Stitch?

Master And Commander: The Far Side Of The World

In this big budget seafaring drama set during the Napoleonic wars, Russell Crowe plays the captain of a British warship engaged in a deadly cat and mouse battle with a French vessel. Review by Kevin O'Reilly.