Sunday, February 20, 2005

For Your Consideration...

Assault on Precinct 13

Starring Laurence Fishburne, Ethan Hawke and Gabriel Byrne, Assault on Precinct 13 is quite a surprisingly effective remake of John Carpenters 1970’s slow burning siege movie. Offering nothing particularly new to the genre, this is nonetheless a relentlessly entertaining popcorn movie.

3 out of 5

Closer

Mike Nichols’ movie adaptation of Patrick Marber’s play is a meditation on the nature of modern relationships. Starring Jude Law, a scene-stealing Clive Owen, Julia Roberts and Natalie Portman, this is certainly not the fluffy romantic comedy it is being marketed as. Closer is gripping and thoroughly enjoyable.

4 out of 5

The Aviator

Martin Scorsese’s great Oscar hope this year, The Aviator is magnificently well crafted movie. With a revelatory central performance from Leonardo Di Caprio as Howard Hughes, billionaire industrialist and visionary filmmaker, and great supporting cast, this is Scorsese’s best since Goodfellas.

4 out of 5