FILM: ALSO SHOWING ; TO KILL A KING MIKE BARKER (12A) Ooo99 ANTWONE FISHER DENZEL WASHINGTON (15) Oo999 THE TRUTH ABOUT CHARLIE JONATHAN DEMME (12A) O9999 THE ACTORS CONOR MCPHERSON (15) O9999 MOSTLY MARTHA SANDRA NETTELBECK (PG) Ooo99 KANGAROO JACK DAVID MCNALLY (PG) O9999
Quinn, Anthony, The Independent (London, England)
Rupert Everett as King Charles I? Believe me, he's not at all bad, and nor is To Kill a King, a drama of political intrigue set in the aftermath of the English Civil War. With the Royalist forces defeated, rebel Parliamentarians want to reform the monarchy: Lord General Thomas Fairfax (Dougray Scott) advocates moderation, while his friend and deputy Oliver Cromwell (Tim Roth) believes an iron fist must punch the way forward. As written by Jenny Mayhew, the film is a study in friendship and conscience: Fairfax is torn between loyalty to his noble-born wife Anne (Olivia Williams) and to the reforming zeal of Cromwell who, as he foresees, will behave as autocratically as any royal once power is in his grasp. The director Mike Barker does a serviceable job given his budget limitations - the battlefield weariness of the opening scenes is very impressive - while an intriguing contrast is struck between the dashing, long- haired Fairfax, the people's favourite, and Roth's warty oik Cromwell, who is eaten up by envy and rancour.
Denzel Washington's directorial debut Antwone Fisher is an earnest, well- intentioned and pretty simplistic tale of triumph over adversity. Adapted from a true story, it recounts the struggle of Fisher (Derek Luke), a young black sailor whose hair-trigger temper keeps getting him into trouble. Referred for psychiatric evaluation following his umpteenth punch-up, he finally pours out his story - abandonment by his mother, horrific abuse in a foster home - to a sympathetic naval shrink (Washington) who has private domestic hurts of his own. An awful lot of healing gets done in this picture, though how Fisher's propensity for violence is solved by his quasi-paternal relationship with the shrink and his puppyish romance with a navy babe (Joy Bryant) remains mysterious. Washington tends to gift-wrap each emotional turning point in a neat little therapy package rather than work it through the hard graft of drama, and there's something groan-worthy in the way the lad's "sharing" unlocks his lyrical side: will anyone really enjoy the scene in which he thanks his mentor with a poem? "Kid," I wanted Denzel to say, "a bottle of cognac would have been fine."
In The Truth About Charlie, Jonathan Demme tries to remake the 1963 comedy thriller Charade, only without the benefit of laughs or thrills. Can anyone fathom why? The bare outline of the plot remains in place. Regina Lambert (Thandie Newton) returns to Paris to find her husband in the morgue and their apartment ransacked. It seems her late spouse, Charles, was murdered after stealing a small fortune, and some of his former associates are now in town to reclaim their share of the loot. Whom can she trust - nice guy in a beret Joshua Peters (Mark Wahlberg) or tall guy with the …
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Publication information: Article title: FILM: ALSO SHOWING ; TO KILL A KING MIKE BARKER (12A) Ooo99 ANTWONE FISHER DENZEL WASHINGTON (15) Oo999 THE TRUTH ABOUT CHARLIE JONATHAN DEMME (12A) O9999 THE ACTORS CONOR MCPHERSON (15) O9999 MOSTLY MARTHA SANDRA NETTELBECK (PG) Ooo99 KANGAROO JACK DAVID MCNALLY (PG) O9999. Contributors: Quinn, Anthony - Author. Newspaper title: The Independent (London, England). Publication date: May 16, 2003. Page number: 9. © 2009 The Independent - London. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.