Tag Archives: Geoffrey Rush

House on Haunted Hill - * 1/2*

The second of this year’s haunted house movies (following the lackluster The Haunting), House on Haunted Hill proves mildly thrilling, but ends up fatally flawed. Steven Price (Geoffrey Rush) is the millionaire master of horror. An amusement park king who … Continue reading

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Mystery Men - * * *

Do we really need a superhero spoof? The last two Batman films were comic enough, and the filmic landscape is littered with the likes of Blankman and Meteor Man. Yet, with sharp writing and a fine cast, Mystery Men confidently … Continue reading

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Shakespeare in Love - * * * 1/2*

Shakespeare in Love is a delightful romantic comedy with a literary twist. A fictionalized account of a few months of Shakespeare’s life, the film manages to humanize the greatest English writer of all time, and delivers a splendid time while … Continue reading

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Elizabeth - * * * 1/2*

Elizabeth is a loose biopic of the early years of Queen Elizabeth I. It may be a period piece, but it sure doesn’t feel like one. Thick with intrigue, and even thicker with strong performances, Elizabeth is actually more thrilling … Continue reading

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Les Miserables - * * 1/2*

Modern audiences are more likely to be familiar with Les Misérables from the pop-Broadway musical rather than Victor Hugo’s original tome. Adapted several times for the cinema, this latest effort does a superb job of translating the characters, story, and … Continue reading

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Children of the Revolution - * * * 1/2*

Children of the Revolution is a vibrantly sharp satire of Communism, fanaticism, and questions of identity. Judy Davis portrays Joan, a die-hard Australian marxist, just awaiting the workers of the world to revolt. After many impassioned letters to her idol, … Continue reading

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Shine - * * * 1/2*

Shine is a small, but astonishing tale of the fall and rise of a prodigal pianist. The first half of the film is told in flashbacks as the mentally unstable middle-aged David Helfgott (Geoffrey Rush) recalls his childhood. Here, David … Continue reading

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