Cinema Review Archive: June 2006

Ultraviolet

The director of Equilibrium has made another futuristic action movie, this one starring Milla Jovovich as a woman infected with a vampiric plague who fights back with sword and gun against the fascist government that wants her dead. Review by Kevin O'Reilly.

Pretty Persuasion

A rich, popular Beverly Hills schoolgirl accuses her drama teacher of sexually abusing her in this dark satire. Evan Rachel Wood is the accuser, Ron Livingston is the accused and James Woods plays the girl's father. Review by Kevin O'Reilly.

Fearless (Huo Yuan Jia)

Jet Li claims that Fearless will be his last martial arts movie. Set in early 20th century China, it's the story of a Wu Shu master who comes to terms with his inner demons and emerges as a national hero and role model. Ronny Yu directs. Review by Kevin O'Reilly.

Thank You For Smoking

Cigarette companies and their lobbyists come under fire in this ambitious political satire. Aaron Eckhart is the unscrupulous spin-doctor paid to make a case for smoking a fag. Also in the cast are Katie Holmes, Robert Duvall, William H Macy, Rob Lowe and Maria Bello. Review by Kevin O'Reilly.

Hard Candy

A young girl turns the tables on a predatory older man, in Hard Candy, a tense thriller on release in the UK now. Review by Gary Couzens.

Fast And The Furious, The: Tokyo Drift

Every car-modder's favourite action franchise switches location to Japan for episode three and replaces its star Paul Walker with a cast of young unknowns headed by Lucas Black. The story follows a young American's attempt to break into Tokyo's street-racing underground. Review by Kevin O'Reilly.

R.V.

Robin Williams steps into Chevy Chase's shoes and takes his reluctant family on a cross-country vacation in this comedy from director Barry Sonnenfeld (Men In Black). Jeff Daniels co-stars, as does teenage pop star JoJo. Review by Kevin O'Reilly.

United 93

The first of this year's two high-profile Hollywood movies about 9/11, Paul Greengrass' acclaimed film dramatises what happened aboard the fourth hijacked aircraft, which failed to hit its target in Washington. Featuring a cast of little-known actors, the film uses a naturalistic approach to try and capture the experience of the passengers and crew. Review by Kevin O'Reilly.

Omen, The

The notorious Damien Thorn returns thirty years later in this remake of Richard Donner's seventies horror classic, The Omen, released appropriately enough on 6/6/6. Liev Schreiber and Julia Stiles play the parents who realise too late that they're bringing up someone else's child - namely the Devil's. David Thewlis, Mia Farrow, Pete Postlethwaite and Michael Gambon lend support. Review by Kevin O'Reilly.

Poseidon

Irwin Allen's 1972 disaster movie about a ship turned upside down by a giant wave made a fortune at the box office, picked up nine Oscar nominations and kickstarted the disaster genre. Thirty-four years later, Wolfgang Petersen has directed an expensive remake starring Kurt Russell, Josh Lucas and Richard Dreyfuss as the survivors fighting their way to the surface. Review by Kevin O'Reilly.