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    • "1408" directed by Mikael Hafstrom [review] 

      Prescott, Nicholas Adrian (Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 2007-11-22)
      1408 is a puzzling film, in many ways. It’s puzzling primarily because John Cusack is in it, and it’s not a very good film. This is an oddity, in my opinion; the ever-likeable Cusack very rarely steps out of line, usually ...
    • "16 Blocks" directed by Richard Donner [review] 

      Prescott, Nick (Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 2006-08-03)
      To say that audiences haven’t heard much of Bruce Willis lately isn’t quite accurate; the actor has voiced a number of animated characters recently, even if he hasn’t appeared in the visual sense terribly often. As a man ...
    • "3:10 To Yuma" directed by James Mangold [review] 

      Prescott, Nicholas Adrian (2008-02-14)
      Fifty years ago, Elmore Leonard (these days most revered as a crime writer, whose novels include Get Shorty, Out of Sight and Killshot, which has also just been filmed) wrote a short story called 3:10 to Yuma. It centred ...
    • "44 Inch Chest" directed by Malcolm Venille [review] 

      Prescott, Nick (Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 2010-11-12)
      I can’t quite believe that it was almost ten years ago that I was raving to everyone I knew about an independent film from England called Sexy Beast. The great Ray Winstone (who began his career on TV in Robin of Sherwood, ...
    • "Across the Universe" directed by Julie Taymor [review] 

      Prescott, Nicholas Adrian (Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 2008)
      Director and co-writer Julie Taymor gets points here for concocting one of the strangest and most fascinating musicals of recent years. Across the Universe is a story of the 1960s and of the now, performed as a dramatic ...
    • "Ashes to Ashes" directed by Johnny Campbell, Bille Eltringham [review] 

      Prescott, Nick (Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 2009-10-22)
      Several years ago, audiences in both the UK and Australia were introduced to the wondrous BBC drama Life on Mars. Taking its name from a David Bowie song, Life on Mars followed the intriguing exploits of a 2006 Manchester ...
    • "Bee Movie" directed by Steve Hickner and Simon Smith [review] 

      Prescott, Nicholas Adrian (Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 2007-12-06)
      It’s very clear that the Christmas holidays are on their way: we’ve got the first of the season’s family films, here in the shape of the “computer-animated comedy voiced by Hollywood royalty” - Bee Movie. The film has been ...
    • "Beowulf" directed by Robert Zemeckis [review] 

      Prescott, Nicholas Adrian (Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 2007-11-29)
      Beowulf, the latest computer-animated blockbuster-wannabe to emerge from Hollywood’s studios, is in some ways a follow-up to director Robert Zemeckis’ 2004 CGI extravaganza, The Polar Express. Zemeckis, who has long held ...
    • "Borat" directed by Larry Charles [review] 

      Prescott, Nicholas Adrian (2006)
      Sacha Baron Cohen is a man who’s used to offending people. For years now the gifted British comic has, in his hugely successful TV shows, created and masqueraded as a series of idiotic and hilarious caricature figures, ...
    • "The Bourne Ultimatum" directed by Paul Greengrass [review] 

      Prescott, Nicholas Adrian (2007-08-16)
      2007 has certainly been the year of Hollywood “threequels”. Spider-Man 3, Ocean’s Thirteen, Shrek the Third and Pirates of the Caribbean 3 have all seen release this year, and now we await the third instalment of the hugely ...
    • "The Brave One" directed by Neil Jordan [review] 

      Prescott, Nicholas Adrian (Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 2007)
      There’s arguably no film more disappointing than one that demonstrates just how intelligent and well made it can be, only to betray that intelligence by selling out to lowest-common-denominator elements in the end. The ...
    • "Candy" directed by Neil Armfield [review] 

      Prescott, Nick (Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 2006-05-26)
      It’s my pleasure to announce that Australian cinema audiences can once again rejoice in the arrival of a sterling new Australian film. Candy, based on Luke Davies’ well-received 1997 novel, is the first big-screen feature-film ...
    • "Cars" directed by John Lasseter [review] 

      Prescott, Nicholas Adrian (Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 2006)
      The latest offering from the Pixar animation studio finds itself in an odd predicament. As the most recent entry in a series of astonishingly entertaining computer-animated films, Cars has an awful lot to live up to, and ...
    • "Casino Royale" directed by Martin Campbell [review] 

      Prescott, Nicholas Adrian (Australian Broadcasting Coperation, 2006)
      Most audience members will have gleaned the basic facts about the latest in the 007 franchise by now, so I’ll keep the facts here to the bare-bones variety. This is the 21st entry in the most successful series of films in ...
    • "Children of Men" directed by Alfonso Cuaron [review] 

      Prescott, Nicholas Adrian (Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 2008)
      Children of Men will, I suspect, be remembered alongside other dark cautionary tales like Brave New World and Nineteen Eighty-Four. The film is based upon a novel by well-regarded crime writer P.D. James, who has occasionally ...
    • "Colour me Kubrick" directed by Brian Cook [review] 

      Prescott, Nick (Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 2006-06-08)
      For both film aficionados and the public at large, Stanley Kubrick has long been a figure of fascination. Interest in Kubrick as an artistic figure has continued in leaps and bounds since the great director’s untimely death ...
    • "Confetti" directed by Debbie Isitt [review] 

      Prescott, Nick (Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 2006-08-03)
      With both Confetti and the new Australian mockumentary Kenny set to hit our screens in the next few weeks, the fictional documentary is about to experience something of a resurgence in our fair city. During the last ten ...
    • "The Constant Gardener" directed by Fernando Mireilles [review] 

      Prescott, Nick (Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 2005)
      John Le Carre, perhaps the most celebrated author of espionage fiction of the late Twentieth Century, has, in his more recent work, explored some of the genuinely troubling world events that have begun to drive our planet ...
    • "The Counterfeiters" directed by Stefan Rudzowitcky [review] 

      Prescott, Nicholas Adrian (Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 2008-05)
      Films set during World War II often come laden with extraordinarily heavy emotional baggage, and while The Counterfeiters isn’t exactly an exception to this rule, it at least provides as uplifting and humanist a message ...
    • "The Dark Knight" directed by Christopher Nolan [review] 

      Prescott, Nick (Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 2008-12-04)
      It’s a testament to both the immense critical and commercial success of The Dark Knight and the extraordinary legacy of the late Heath Ledger that this DVD release will almost surely be the home video blockbuster of the ...