Cinema Review Archive: April 2006

Slither

A small town in South Carolina is invaded by nasty creepy-crawly things from Outer Space in this comic horror movie from James Gunn, writer of the Dawn Of The Dead remake. The cast includes Nathan Fillion and Michael Rooker. Review by Kevin O'Reilly.

American Dreamz

When the American president agrees to appear as a guest judge on the country's top-rated talent show, terrorists hatch a plot involving a suicide bomber who can sing. This satirical comedy from director Chris Weitz (American Pie & About A Boy) stars Hugh Grant as the show's Simon Cowell-style host, Dennis Quaid as the president and Mandy Moore as an ambitious contestant. Review by Kevin O'Reilly.

Silent Hill

Kev reviews Christophe Gan's film adaptation of Konami's classic horror game franchise. Warning: This is a review from a fan of the games. So does the film do the games justice? And even more importantly is it a good film period?

American Haunting, An

Legend has it that in the early 19th century, an entity known as the Bell Witch subjected a Tennessee family to a horrific supernatural ordeal lasting four years. That story is now brought to the screen with Donald Sutherland and Sissy Spacek as the unfortunate couple. Review by Kevin O'Reilly.

Scary Movie 4

The popular series of horror film parodies continues. This time the targets are War Of The Worlds, Saw, The Grudge and The Village. Anna Faris once again stars as scream queen Cindy Campbell and she's supported by Leslie Nielsen, Craig Bierko and a number of celebrity cameos. David Zucker directs. Review by Kevin O'Reilly.

Pierrepoint

The true story of Britain's most famous executioner, Albert Pierrepoint, who hanged more than four hundred people between 1932 and 1956. Timothy Spall plays the title role and Juliet Stevenson co-stars as his wife. Review by Kevin O'Reilly.

Dark, The

From the director of Ginger Snaps comes a ghost story set on the Welsh coast. Sean Bean and Maria Bello play bereaved parents who are visited by a girl who died in their house decades earlier. Review by Kevin O'Reilly.

Yours, Mine & Ours (2005)

Gary Couzens has reviewed Yours, Mine & Ours, an unfunny family comedy on release in the UK now.

Basic Instinct 2

Fourteen years after she seduced and destroyed Michael Douglas, Sharon Stone is up to her old tricks again, this time in London, where she's set her sights on criminal psychologist David Morrissey. Charlotte Rampling and David Thewlis also star. Review by Kevin O'Reilly.

Firewall

Harrison Ford is back in action, this time playing an IT security consultant who's forced to help rob the bank he works for after his family is taken hostage. Paul Bettany is the master thief and Virginia Madsen plays Ford's wife. Review by Kevin O'Reilly.

Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, The

This enigmatically titled movie finds Tommy Lee Jones striding out into Peckinpahland - both as leading man and director. The result is a powerful morality tale and a probing study of male emotions. Review by Roger Keen.