Cinema Review Archive: September 2006

Trust the Man

David Duchovny, Julianne Moore, Billy Crudup and Maggie Gyllenhaal star in Trust the Man, a comedy about two couples in New York, on release in the UK and Ireland now. Review by Gary Couzens.

Children Of Men

Alfonso Cuarón's science fiction thriller is set in a decaying future world where women have been infertile for 18 years. Clive Owen plays a former activist asked to protect a newly pregnant mother. Review by Kevin O'Reilly.

Clerks II

Kevin Smith has gone back to his roots and made a sequel to the low-budget independent comedy that made his name. And a decade later, Dante, Randal, Jay and Silent Bob are more or less exactly where we left them. Review by Kevin O'Reilly.

Black Dahlia, The

Mike Sutton takes a look at Brian De Palma's latest film, an adaptation of James Ellroy's "The Black Dahlia".

Talladega Nights: The Ballad Of Ricky Bobby

Will Ferrell and his Anchorman director Adam McKay team up again for a comedy based around the world of stock car racing. Ferrell is the cocky champion who meets his match in snobby Frenchman Sacha Baron Cohen. Review by Kevin O'Reilly.

Queen, The

Helen Mirren plays Queen Elizabeth II in Stephen Frears' drama about the death of Diana, Princess of Wales and the Royal Family's reaction to it. Michael Sheen co-stars as Tony Blair and James Cromwell is Prince Philip. Review by Kevin O'Reilly.

Right At Your Door

A chemical attack on Los Angeles causes a panic in this topical thriller. Rory Cochrane and Mary McCormack play a couple swept up in the chaos. Review by Kevin O'Reilly.

DOA - Dead or Alive

Kev reviews the second of this year's big video game adaptations. Girls in bikinis + fighting = potentionally awesome.

Pulse (2006)

US remake of the Japanese horror film Kairo, starring Kristen Bell as a college student trying to make sense of her boyfriend's suicide and figure out how it relates to a sinister, new computer virus. Review by Kevin O'Reilly.

Little Miss Sunshine

A dysfunctional American family take a road trip to enter their daughter in a child beauty pageant. Greg Kinnear, Toni Collette, Steve Carell and Alan Arkin are among the stars of this grown-up comedy. Review by Kevin O'Reilly.

Beerfest

The third movie from the Broken Lizard comedy troupe is a very lowbrow farce about a group of Americans who travel to Oktoberfest, the German beer festival, to compete in an international drinking competition. Review by Kevin O'Reilly.

Host, The (Gwoemul)

One of this years most anticipated films from South Korea is a monster movie from director Bong Joon-ho (Memories of Murder). Hugh K. David took in the UK premiere at FrightFest 2006 last month…

This Film is Not Yet Rated

Gary Couzens has reviewed This Film is Not Yet Rated, Kirby Dick's exposé of the MPAA (American film censors), now showing on limited release in the UK.

Little Man

Broad comedy from the Wayans brothers, who made the first two Scary Movies and White Chicks. A pint-sized jewel thief is forced to impersonate a baby to retrieve a missing diamond. Review by Kevin O'Reilly.

Crank

High velocity action thriller starring Jason Statham as a professional assassin who's been poisoned by his enemies and can only stay alive by keeping his adrenalin flowing. Review by Kevin O'Reilly.

Broken

This survival horror was screened at Frightfest 2006 and while many fans were enthralled the film's lacking fundamentals left Hugh K. David distinctly unimpressed...

Hatchet

With copious amounts of blood, boobs and brutality Hatchet is a pure and simple slasher film which screened recently at Frighfest 2006. Hugh K. David reviews...

Puritan

This self-distributed feature from writer-director Hadi Hajaig combines the supernatural with noir to good effect. Screened at FrightFest 2006 Hugh K. David reviews…

Behind The Mask: The Rise Of Leslie Vernon

Smart, funny and scary, this slasher mockumentary from writer-director Scott Glosserman was screened at FrightFest 2006. Hugh K. David reviews…

Adrift

Nautical suspense drama in which six holidaymakers dive off their yacht to take a swim in the Caribbean and then realise they didn't let the ladder down and they can't get back on board. Review by Kevin O'Reilly.

Sentinel, The

In this Hollywood action thriller, Michael Douglas is a Secret Service agent framed as an attempted presidential assassin. Kiefer Sutherland plays the colleague charged with bringing him to justice. Review by Kevin O'Reilly.

Them (ils)

Screened at Frightfest 2006 "ils" is an exercise in pure terror by the same French writing/directing team who are now working on the American remake of "The Eye". Hugh K. David reviews...

Earthlings: Ugly Bags Of Mostly Water

Continuing his Frightfest coverage Hugh reviews this documentary which looks at the growth of the Klingon language in our society. A strange choice for a horror festival the film does have some merits for linguists and fans of Star Trek...

See No Evil

WWE's Kane stars in this suitably nasty slasher flick which marks WWE's first full production (following their co-production of The Rundown). Hugh K. David continues his run of reviews from Frightfest 2006...

Wicker Man, The (2006)

Nicolas Cage plays a cop summoned to a remote island to investigate the disappearance of a child in Neil LaBute's remake of the much-admired British horror film of the same name. Ellen Burstyn also stars. Review by Kevin O'Reilly.

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