Cinema Review Archive: February 2006

Date Movie

An Airplane!-style spoof of Hollywood romantic comedies starring Alyson Hannigan as a lonely young woman who meets the man of her dreams. The cast also includes Eddie Griffin, Jennifer Coolidge and Fred Willard. Review by Kevin O'Reilly.

Lucky Number Slevin

Josh Hartnett arrives in New York hoping for a relaxing break. Instead he's mistaken for a debt-ridden gambler and drawn into a deadly feud between rival ganglords Morgan Freeman and Ben Kingsley. This Tarantino-esque blend of thriller and black comedy co-stars Bruce Willis and Lucy Liu. Review by Kevin O'Reilly.

Capote

Nominated for 5 Oscars - including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor in a Leading Role - Richard Booth has reviewed Bennett Miller's compelling, if flawed, biopic of revolutionary American author Truman Capote. The film opens in UK cinemas on February 24th.

Casanova

Heath Ledger plays history's most famous lover in this romantic comedy inspired by his life and legend. Sienna Miller plays the woman who might make him change his lusty ways and Jeremy Irons is the church official out to stop him seducing good Christian womenfolk. Review by Kevin O'Reilly.

Aeon Flux

MTV's cult anime series becomes a live action movie with Oscar winner Charlize Theron playing its bad-ass heroine, an assassin fighting against an oppressive future government. The cast includes Marton Csokas, Frances McDormand, Jonny Lee Miller, Sophie Okonedo and Pete Postlethwaite. Review by Kevin O'Reilly.

New World, The

Gary Couzens has reviewed The New World, Terrence Malick's visually stunning retelling of the story of Pocahontas, on limited release in the UK now.

Cromartie High School

School was never as much fun as it is in Sakigake!! Cromartie High The Movie, director Yamaguchi Yudai's live action adaptation of Nonaka Eiji's popular manga and anime series. Available on limited release this month, Hugh K. David reviews.

Munich

Steven Spielberg's Oscar-nominated political thriller is a fictionalised account of Israel's retaliation for the 1972 Munich massacre in which eleven of the country's athletes were killed by terrorists. Eric Bana and Daniel Craig play members of the Mossad-sponsored assassination team dispatched to avenge them. Geoffrey Rush co-stars. Review by Kevin O'Reilly.

Final Destination 3

In which the Grim Reaper returns to claim yet another group of young people who slipped out of his grasp, in this case by escaping a rollercoaster disaster. As in the previous Final Destination films, the survivors soon begin to die in unpleasant ways. Review by Kevin O'Reilly, who survived a car crash when he was 12 but so far hasn't qlkshf'fia#dgds'##b/

Fun With Dick And Jane

In this broad, satirical comedy from the director of Galaxy Quest, Jim Carrey and Téa Leoni play a well-off, white collar couple who turn to crime when they find themselves unemployed and in danger of losing everything. Alec Baldwin co-stars. Review by Kevin O'Reilly.

Zathura: A Space Adventure

Based on a popular series of children's books, this fantasy adventure tells the story of two boys whose house is magically hurtled into outer space. Review by Gary Couzens.

Jarhead

In this military drama, American Beauty director Sam Mendes examines the frustrations of US Marines dispatched to Saudi Arabia in 1990 after the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. Jake Gyllenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard and Oscar winner Jamie Foxx star. Review by Kevin O'Reilly.

Memoirs Of A Geisha

Zhang Ziyi plays the geisha of the title in Rob Marshall's period drama based on the bestselling novel by Arthur Golden. Two decades of Japanese history are seen through the eyes of a young girl sold into a life dedicated to pleasing men. Ken Watanabe, Michelle Yeoh and Gong Li also star. Review by Kevin O'Reilly.