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Author Archives: Gary Panton

Madagascar

Dreamworks’ quest to find a non-‘Shrek’ vehicle capable of matching Pixar continues – but ‘Madagascar’ makes for a nice distraction in the meantime.

Kicking & Screaming

It takes a great display from Will Ferrell to rescue this well-meaning but uninspired football-flick. It’s a save any great goalkeeper would be proud of.

Mar adentro

This Spanish melodrama makes a very valid point, but it’s wrapped up inside some distinctly unimaginative film-making.

Wedding Crashers

This wonderful buddy-com has a great heart and an even better funny bone. Easily the best comedy of 2005 so far.

Clueless

A punchy, cleverly-written girlie gambol with a heart of gold and a cast primed and ready for the big time.

eXistenZ

David Cronenberg’s delve into a grimy video game world has lots of plus points, but isn’t quite as good as it should be. Stick to ‘Super Mario’.

Rock 'n' Roll High School

There’s something distinctly non-rock-n-roll about any movie trying this hard to sell us a product. Since when was shameless commercialism part of the punk ethos?

Batman & Robin

The worst superhero movie ever made? Sitting through this heap of poopsy will drive you batty.

Anatomy of a Murder

James Stewart delivers one of his finest displays in this hard-bitten courtroom pot-boiler – with or without the approval of his dear old dad.

The Graduate

Put this much-loved silly 60s coming-of-ager into your DVD player and let it seduce you.