4 February 2006

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  • Reviews

    Salvage

    2006-02-04T00:00:00Z

    Dirs/scr: Joshua and Jeffrey Crook. US. 2006. 79mins.The brothers Crook, Joshua and Jeffrey,previously made an urban thriller, SuckerPunch, and the title is dismayingly consistent with their new feature Salvage. In producing a structuralhorror movie, freely mixing the irrational and the incoherent,

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    One Last Dance

    2006-02-04T00:00:00Z

    Dir: Max Makowski.Singapore. 2006. 100mins.Here's a puzzle: Brazil-born film-maker Makowski (The PigeonEgg Strategy, Taboo) makes hisfirst film in Cantonese - a Singapore-set crime thriller which is soaked in thevisual stylistics and artificial dialogue one has come to expect from homages to Hong

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    Curious George

    2006-02-04T00:00:00Z

    Dir: Matthew OCallaghan. US. 2005. 77mins.Curious George, the mischievous monkey known togenerations of kids from the classic picture books by Margretand H A Rey, finally makes it to the big screen inthis slight but sweet animated tale from Imagine and Universal.Aimed firmly at youngerchildren

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    Wristcutters: A Love Story

    2006-02-04T00:00:00Z

    Dir/scr GoranDukic. US. 2006.91mins.Croatian director Goran Dukic's endearingly oddball Wristcutters: A Love Story is a strange, somewhat unaccountable mess sharpenedby a brainy conceit and some wonderfully underplayed acting.It's an overstuffed roadmovie brimming with ideas and feeling about a

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    Lunacy (Sileni)

    2006-02-04T00:00:00Z

    Dir/scr: Jan Svankmajer. Czech Rep/Slovakia.2005. 118mins.The latest nightmare from veteran Czech surrealistJan Svankmajer is, as the director puts it, "aninfantile tribute to Edgar Allen Poe and the Marquis de Sade."But audiences will also see affinities with various cinematic specialists indream

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    Firewall (Firewall)

    2006-02-04T00:00:00Z

    Dir: Richard Loncraine. US. 2005. 100mins.Though it boasts a rare star turn by Harrison Fordand a strong supporting cast, Firewallis a kidnap thriller that's driven more by its high tech gadgets than by itsunder-pressure characters. Ford's presence, the story's family theme and theappeal to digital

  • News

    Kelly Reichardt, Manuel Nieto Zas and Han Jie win Tigers

    2006-02-03T19:10:00Z

    Kelly Reichardt's Old Joy, Manuel Nieto Zas's The Dog Poundand Walking On The Wild Side, by Han Jie, have won the three VPRO Tiger Awards at this year'sRotterdam International Film Festival.A total of 14 films competed forthe awards, which are given annually to first or second-time film-makers. The

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    Istvan Szabo defends past involvement with communist police

    2006-02-03T17:16:00Z

    Friday morning at Budapest's Millenium Theatre, Istvan Szabo spoke with journalists in an attempt to shed morelight on his involvement with the state police in the 1950s.With classmates Judit Elek,Eva Singer Karmento, Zsolt Kezdi-Kovacs and Janos Rosza, Szabo related thecircumstances that led to

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    Ireland revamps production tax breaks

    2006-02-03T16:27:00Z

    A vociferous chorus of approval has greeted the Irishfinance minister's radical overhaul of the Section 481 tax break for filmproduction. The maximum threshold for Irish spend has been raised from 55%-66%to 80% of budget, for all productions irrespective of size. And the cap on thetotal amount that

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    Warner Bros, Italia head appointed president of Anica

    2006-02-03T14:13:00Z

    PaoloFerrari, the head of Warner Bros. Italia, has been appointed president of Anica, Italy's national film body.Hereplaces Gianni Massaro, the Italian entertainmentlawyer and former head of European production fund Eurimages,who has lead Anica since 2001.Ferrariwill head the powerful Italian