Rob Perkins

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Little Miss Sunshine

★★★★★

Director: Johnathan Dayton, Valerie Faris
Starring: Greg Kinnear, Toni Collette
Runtime: 101 min

The Academy Awards have a notable tendency to favour issue films, conscience prickers or historical biopics, and these genres are indeed handsomely represented this year. Little Miss Sunshine, however, is the surprise inclusion – the dark horse

The Departed

Director: Martin Scorsese
With: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson

Runtime: 149 mins

Whoever said: ‘You don’t really know a person until they’re dead’? At any rate, this seems to be the theme of Martin Scorsese’s new film, where everyone pretends to be someone else. Matt Damon is a gangster who pretends to be a cop; Leonardo DiCaprio is a cop who pretends to be a gangster; they work, respectively, for and against Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson), Irish-Bostonian crime kingpin, who pretends to be the devil

American Dreamz

Director: Paul Weitz With: Hugh Grant, Mandy Moore Runtime: 107 min It could have been so different. With a great…

Walk the Line

Walk the Line chronicles the life of Johnny Cash, one of the greats of American music, and it follows his journey to fame and fortune from his home farm in Arkansas. Walk the Line is a straight no-nonsense biopic, doing exactly what it says on the tin. What lifts it above a usually mediocre genre is its heart and style, and in particular two marvellous performances from its stars, Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon

Sin City

Quentin Tarantino was recently voted one of the most influential directors of all time, and although he only ‘guest-directed’ one scene of Frank Miller’s Sin City his influence is prevalent throughout. Sin City is a film very much in the Tarantino mould: a cool but brutal, modern classic. Its no over-statement to call it the first true successor to the glorious bravado and swagger of Pulp Fiction

The Interpreter

Sean Penn is not the kind of actor to fear type-casting. His characters are usually intelligent, fragile, and brimming with tension and understated menace. They are also quite boring. These are characteristics prominent not only in his latest role, as CIA agent Tobin Keller, but also the film itself

‘Hide and Seek’

By my own admission I deal badly with horror movies. I exhibit all the signs of a coward; quavering voice, trembling limbs, unrestrained perspiration and a weak bladder! I even got jumpy during Jurassic Park! So I was hardly eager to see ‘Hide and Seek’, a psychological thriller which sounded like it would leave me quaking behind my seat, especially as my ‘friends’ had conspired to let me go alone! I didn’t want to be frightened by Hide and Seek, and I wasn’t disappointed

Assault On Precinct 13

A general rule of cinema says that a film is only remade if the story needs improving. The fact that Jean-Francois Richet’s version of Assault on Precinct 13 is an unnecessary and uninspiring dirge to senseless violence, is an unflattering review of John Carpenter’s brilliant 1970’s original. It follows the blueprint for the typical modern action thriller: all bullets and no brains