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Brenda Chapman, Steve Hickner and Simon Wells – 1998 The Prince Of Egypt is an epic and entertaining animated feature with a tremendous cast of voices (Val Kilmer, Ralph Fiennes, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sandra Bullock, Jeff Goldblum, Danny Glover, Patrick Stewart, Helen Mirren, Steve Martin, and Martin Short!). Kilmer is the standout, but Goldblum delivers some astounding vocal work also. The animation is first-rate, and The Prince Of Egypt features wonderfully realised visuals. The ending is a bit on the abrupt side, but this is impressive nonetheless.
The late Tony Scott made a lot of great movies,but 1998’s Enemy Of The State might just be his best (at the very least it’s up there with Spy Game and Man On Fire). It’s a paranoia/conspiracy thriller which still packs a punch 25 years ears after it was first released. Movies In Focus constantly writes about how ‘they don’t make ’em like they used to’, but they really don’t make big budget thrillers like Enemy Of The State any more. Tony Scott was at the peak of his powers, Will Smith was the biggest star on the planet and Jerry Bruckheimer was on a serious hot streak. Throw-in the likes of Gene Hackman, Jon Voight, Gabriel Byrne and Jason Robards and you have movie gold. Even the young supporting cast was stellar, with many going on to break-out after the film’s release: Jason Lee, Scott Caan, Jack Black, Jake Busey, Barry Pepper and Regina King. Credit must also go to composer Harry Gregson-Williams, cinematographer Dan Mindel and editors Chris Lebenzon Paul Rubell for helping deliver some serious kinetic energy. It was written by David Marconi, Aaron Sorkin, Henry Bean & Tony Gilroy – that’s a serious bunch of writers. This techno thriller [...]
It’s A Wonderful Knife is an entertaining slasher flick – with a difference. As the title indicates, the film is a riff on Frank Capra’s 1946 Christmas classic, It’s A Wonderful Life. Starring Jane Widdop, Joel McHale and Justin Long, the film has heart and laughs wrapped up against the film’s bloody kills. A year after saving her small town from a crazed killer, Jane Widdop’s Winnie is down in the dumps by the way things have turned out. When she wishes she’d never been born, she finds herself in an alternate reality – and that’s when she sees how bad life would be without her – and things are made even worse when the killer is still on the loose. Tyler MacIntyre, It’s A Wonderful Knife’s director and Michael Kennedy, the film’s writer joined the Movies In Focus podcast to talk about the trials and tribulations of making this quirky Christmas slasher. Listen to this episode of the Movies In Focus podcast below or subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.
Fast Charlie is a revenge film starring the mighty Pierce Brosnan, directed by Phillip Noyce – the director behind Dead Calm, Clear And Present Danger and a host of other great movies. The darkly comedic thriller also stars James Caan in his final role. The pic opens in select U.S. cinemas and On Demand on 8th December 2023 – but you can get a nice taster from this clip – which is a great indicator of the film’s tone and Brosnan’s top-tier performance. Starring Pierce Brosnan, Morena Baccarin, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Toby Huss, with Sharon Gless and James Caan, Fast Charlie opens in select U.S. cinemas and On Demand on 8th December 2023. The synopsis: Charlie Swift (Pierce Brosnan), aka “Fast Charlie,” is a fixer with a problem: the target he’s whacked is missing his head. And he must prove it’s the intended target to the man who paid for the hit – New Orleans’ most prominent and most ruthless mobster, Beggar Mercado (Gbenga Akinnagbe). Charlie enlists Marcie Kramer (Morena Baccarin), the victim’s ex-wife and a woman with the backbone and skill set Charlie needs. Dragging Marcie back into a past she was determined to escape sends the two of [...]