Cinema Review Archive: May 2005

Last Horror Movie, The

Imagine a serial killer believed what he was doing was art and he made a film recording his crimes. He couldn't distribute it through normal means so he taped it over a routine horror flick and left it on a shelf in a video store for an unsuspecting customer to rent. That's the premise behind this British pseudo-documentary, a rare homegrown entry in the extreme horror genre. Review by Kevin O'Reilly.

Star Wars Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith

After twenty-eight years and six films, George Lucas's Star Wars saga finally comes to a conclusion. Episode III is the darkest chapter of the series by far, showing how Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) is tempted by the Dark Side of the Force and starts down a path that will change his destiny and that of the whole galaxy. The film also stars Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi, Natalie Portman as Padme and Ian McDiarmid as Chancellor Palpatine. Review by Kevin O'Reilly.

House of Wax (2005)

Elisha Cuthbert, Chad Michael Murray, and urr, Paris Hilton, meet a sticky end in yet another horror remake - this time targeting the "classic" Vincent Price vehicle House of Wax. After attending an early screening of this derivative slasher, D.J. Nock offers his thoughts. The film hits cinemas on the 28th May.

Jacket, The

Oscar winner Adrien Brody plays an innocent man committed to a psychiatric institute in this supernatural drama. Forced to undergo strange experiments inside, he unlocks an ability to will himself forward in time. The cast also includes Keira Knightley, Kris Kristofferson, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Daniel Craig. Review by Kevin O'Reilly.

Seed Of Chucky

Chucky the killer doll returns along with his bride Tiffany for this tongue-in-cheek slasher sequel, the fifth in the Child's Play series, which sees them become proud parents. The cast includes Jennifer Tilly, Hannah Spearritt and Redman. Review by Kevin O'Reilly.

Kingdom Of Heaven

The Summer 2005 season kicks off with Ridley Scott's medieval epic set in Jerusalem at the time of the Crusades. Orlando Bloom stars as a young blacksmith who discovers his father was a knight and travels to Jerusalem to follow in his footsteps. Eva Green plays the princess he romances there. Jeremy Irons, Edward Norton and Liam Neeson provide support. Review by Kevin O'Reilly.

xXx: The Next Level (aka xXx: State of the Union)

Ice Cube replaces Vin Diesel in the sequel to 2002's "extreme" action blockbuster, xXx. An evil general, played by Willem Dafoe, is plotting a White House coup and spymaster Samuel L Jackson reckons Cube is the man to stop him. Review by Kevin O'Reilly.

Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, The

Don't panic! It's just the long-awaited big-screen adaptation of Douglas Adams' cult sci-fi comedy. Martin Freeman plays Arthur Dent, an unassuming Englishman who embarks upon the adventure of a lifetime when the planet Earth is blown up by aliens. The cast also includes Zooey Deschanel, John Malkovich, Alan Rickman and Stephen Fry. Review by Kevin O'Reilly.