This week's premiere (s)
photo: Continental Film
Exorcist: The Beginning (Vyháňač diabla: Začiatok) - Horror by Renny Harlin. Though not nearly as good as its reputation would suggest, William Friedkin's The Exorcist stands as a popular classic of the horror genre. It spawned two sequels, countless spoofs, and, for years, a planned prequel. But the whole production seemed doomed: The first planned director, John Frankenheimer, died before shooting started, which then precipitated the exit of star Liam Neeson, who was to play Max von Sydow's Father Merrin role. Paul Schrader then completed the film with the great Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgaard in the lead, but the studio rejected it, reportedly wanting more gore. Enter Renny Harlin, whose previous credits include successful action movies like Die Hard 2 and Cliffhanger and box office bombs like Cutthroat Island. Skarsgaard remains in the role of Father Merrin, who comes across a boy possessed by demons while in the wilds of Africa following the second world war. Will he expel the boy's demons? Will the movie overcome its own?
photo: Magic Box Slovakia
The Whole Ten Yards (Môj sused zabijak 2) - Comedy by Howard Deutsch. The Whole Nine Yards relied far too heavily on obnoxious Friends star Matthew Perry and Amanda Peet's breasts. Luckily, Bruce Willis and Kevin Pollak kept it afloat. All of these players (well, probably minus Peet's bare breasts) return for part two, which begins with retired hitman Jimmy the Tulip (Willis) living quietly in Mexico with his wife Jill (Peet). His former neighbour Oz (Perry) disrupts the quiet, however, when he asks Jimmy to help rescue his wife (Natasha Henstridge) from the Hungarian mafia. Mob boss Lazlo Gogolak (Pollak), has orchestrated the kidnapping in an attempt to bring Jimmy out of hiding to get back at him for killing his son.
Other movies playing
Collateral- Crime thriller by Michael Mann. In what is perhaps only the second movie (apart from Paul Thomas Anderson's Magnolia) to utilise his God-given talent, Tom Cruise plays Vincent, a cold-hearted bastard. A scruffy, gray-haired assassin, he pays Max, a taxi driver (Jamie Foxx), to drive him around to five different places so he can do his work. Max soon realises the nature of his passenger's work, however, and is particularly disturbed and compelled to intervene when he discovers that one of Vincent's jobs is Annie (Jada Pinkett Smith), an earlier fare with whom the cabbie got along quite well. Cruise is reportedly up to the task of playing the cold-hearted bastard, but it's apparently Foxx who's really worth watching. With this and a starring role in the timely Ray Charles biopic coming up, this appears to be his breakout year.
Prepared by Jonathan Knapp
25. Oct 2004 at 0:00