Cinema Review Archive: November 2005

Transporter 2

Jason Statham returns as Frank Martin, professional driver and all round hard man in this sequel to the 2002 action hit. This time he's involved in the kidnapping of a politician's son. The film's produced by Luc Besson and directed by Louis Leterrier (Unleashed / Danny The Dog). Review by Kevin O'Reilly.

Flightplan

In this airborne suspense thriller, Jodie Foster plays a mother whose 6-year-old daughter goes missing in the middle of a transatlantic flight and who can't get anyone on the plane to believe her. The cast also includes Peter Sarsgaard, Sean Bean and Erika Christensen. Review by Kevin O'Reilly.

Constant Gardener, The

Ralph Fiennes plays a bereaved husband who discovers that his wife (Rachel Weisz) may have been murdered to prevent her exposing corporate wrongdoings. This thriller based on a novel by John le Carré is directed by Fernando Meirelles (City Of God). Review by Kevin O'Reilly.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Gary Couzens has reviewed Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the fourth of the series, which was released in the UK and Ireland on 18 November.

In Her Shoes

Cameron Diaz and Toni Collette are a pair of mismatched sisters struggling to maintain a civil relationship in this blend of comedy and drama from director Curtis Hanson. Shirley MacLaine plays their grandmother. Review by Kevin O'Reilly.

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

From the writer of Lethal Weapon and The Last Boy Scout comes another high energy action thriller that keeps the jokes coming as fast as the bullets. Robert Downey Jr and Val Kilmer play a pair of very unorthodox detectives trying to unravel a murderous conspiracy. Review by Kevin O'Reilly.

Black Orpheus

On limited release as part of bfi Black World, Black Orpheus offers an opportunity to celebrate a ground-breaking film that fuses black arts with Western classical heritage. Antonio Pasolini reviews Marcel Camus 1958 film.

Brothers Grimm, The

This tongue-in-cheek fantasy adventure from director Terry Gilliam stars Matt Damon and Heath Ledger as a couple of fake 18th century ghostbusters whose tricks prove useless when they come up against a real supernatural force. Review by Kevin O'Reilly.

Elizabethtown

Cameron Crowe, the writer-director of Almost Famous and Jerry Maguire, returns with a bittersweet comedy starring Orlando Bloom as a failed fashion designer who is about to end it all when he learns his father's died. Kirsten Dunst plays the good-hearted stewardess who helps him see life isn't all that bad. Review by Kevin O'Reilly.

Wallace and Gromit in The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit

Nick Park's lovable clay creations Wallace and Gromit get their own full-length movie at last, a Halloween-themed comedy about a monster bunny rabbit. The voice talent includes Ralph Fiennes and Helena Bonham-Carter. Review by Kevin O'Reilly.

Legend Of Zorro, The

Antonio Banderas returns as the Mexican folk hero Zorro in this belated sequel to the 1998 smash hit The Mask Of Zorro. This time Zorro and his fiesty wife Elena are involved in a plot to stop California joining the United States of America. Review by Kevin O'Reilly.