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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Two

16 December 2009 3:18 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Case 39

Opens: January 1st 2010

Cast: Renée Zellweger, Jodelle Ferland, Ian McShane, Bradley Cooper, Kerry O'Malley

Director: Christian Alvart

Summary: A family services social worker thinks she has seen it all until she meets her newest, most mysterious case - a troubled 10-year old girl whose parents try to kill her. The social worker decides to take her in herself until the right foster family comes along.

Analysis: Despite the presence of promising German director Christian Alvart ("Pandorum"), 'Case' has sat on a shelf since late 2006 and is finally being quietly shuffled out this year for one very good reason - it stinks. Having opened in Australia a few months back, reviewers utterly savaged the film as both incredibly dumb and utterly ludicrous. Lead star Renee Zellweger also scored personal criticism to a level rarely seen in film reviews outside of comments about Nicole Kidman's 'more alien than the »

- Garth Franklin

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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Two

16 December 2009 3:18 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Case 39

Opens: January 1st 2010

Cast: Renée Zellweger, Jodelle Ferland, Ian McShane, Bradley Cooper, Kerry O'Malley

Director: Christian Alvart

Summary: A family services social worker thinks she has seen it all until she meets her newest, most mysterious case - a troubled 10-year old girl whose parents try to kill her. The social worker decides to take her in herself until the right foster family comes along.

Analysis: Despite the presence of promising German director Christian Alvart ("Pandorum"), 'Case' has sat on a shelf since late 2006 and is finally being quietly shuffled out this year for one very good reason - it stinks. Having opened in Australia a few months back, reviewers utterly savaged the film as both incredibly dumb and utterly ludicrous. Lead star Renee Zellweger also scored personal criticism to a level rarely seen in film reviews outside of comments about Nicole Kidman's 'more alien than the »

- Garth Franklin

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Rt Interview: David Yates on Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

14 July 2009 11:27 PM, PDT | Rotten Tomatoes | See recent Rotten Tomatoes news »

When David Yates was hired to direct Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, fans took one look at his TV-heavy resume and panicked that he wouldn't be able to bring the same scale to the franchise that previous directors Mike Newell (Four Weddings and a Funeral), Alfonso Cuaron (A Little Princess) and Chris Columbus (Home Alone) had managed with aplomb. If the resulting feature didn't settle those minds -- and it largely did -- then Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince most certainly will. On its day of release the film is one of the best reviewed of »

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[DVD Review] A Little Princess

6 May 2009 11:59 PM, PDT | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

Frances Hodgson Burnett wrote one of the classic tales of every girl's childhood when she wrote Secret Garden. With A Little Princess, Burnett further solidified her spot in literary history. Little girls everywhere fall in love with Sara Crewe as she wavers in between luxury and poverty in a school for girls in London. The 1995 film version of A Little Princess receives considerably more press than all the others, but of all the incarnations none receives as much credit for literary faithfulness as the 1986 made-for-tv version. A Little Princess (1986), while not a strong visual foray, takes the classic story and explores it in a way no version has matched since. Captain Crewe (David Yelland) served faithfully in the British armed forces and still found time to rain down adoration on his daughter Sara (Amelia Shankley). With his daughter off at boarding school, Captain Crewe decided to invest in a diamond »

- Lex Walker

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