P328 ORACLE 328 Fri25 Dec ITV 2051:10  9/11    GENERAL RELEASE reviewed by ALAN FRANK SATURN 3 (A) Kirk Douglas,Farrah Fawcett On the strength of this awful science fiction opus,Stanley Donen should go back rapidly to the Hollywood musicals where he made his reputation.Douglas and Ms Fawcett work happily on one of Saturn's famous moons until unpleasant Harvey Keitel and his nastier robot Hector turn up.In no time it's the old eternal quadrilateral in space with Ms Fawcett fancied by Douglas,Keitel & horrid Hector,who really takes a shine to her - and turns homicidal into the bargain.Thg movie is visually superb but also totally empty-headed nonsense another film review >>
P328 ORACLE 328 Fri25 Dec ITV 2000:10  6/11    NEW RELEASE reviewed by ALAN FRANK PRINCE OF THE CITY(X) Treat Williams,Jerry Orbach Sidney Lumet's story of a New York cop whose life becomes a total nightmare after he is persuaded to turn informer on his fellow officers to a commission investigating police corruption is an engrossing and well-made film. It is hard to fault the playing of a largely unknown cast or the basic seriousness of Jay Presson Allen's and Lumet's script. Unfortunately, however,Lumet's determination to cross every 't' and to dot each 'i' finally succeeds in making the movie 2 hours and 47 minutes of well-introduced but growing tedium. another review >>
P328 ORACLE 328 Fri25 Dec ITV 2000:04  7/11    GENERAL RELEASE reviewed by ALAN FRANK SUPERMAN THE MOVIE (A) Marlon Brando, Christopher Reeve. A real treat,years in the planning & the making but justifying all the enor- mous sums of money that have been spent on the film. Brando takes the money (a lot of it) & does his little bit as Superman's dad who sends his infant son in a spaceship to earth when his native planet,Krypton is about to be destroyed The lad soon grows up to be the mild & slyly witty bespectacled reporter,Clark Kent who,with a spin of a revolving door changes into the great comic strip hero himself.It's a superb piece of sheer entertainment.It's too long for younger children,but for once the publi -city hyperbole is matched by the movie
P328 ORACLE 328 Fri25 Dec ITV 2000:00  3/11    NEW RELEASE reviewed by ALAN FRANK LADY CHATTERLEY'S LOVER(X) Sylvia Kristel,Nicholas Clay Those who treasure Ms Kristel's various incarnations of Emmanuelle will no doubt find enough of her on display here to make a trip to the movies worth while.Others,like me,may feel that a little of her miniscule dramatic skills goes far too far in this silly,badly written and badly directed film of D H Lawrence's famous novel.Part of the problem lies in the fact that, in the liberated days,the story no longer has the power to shock.But most of the problem is simply that the picture is sadly unerotic,dull & stupidly coy another review follows
P328 ORACLE 328 Fri25 Dec ITV 2000:10  5/11    NEW RELEASE reviewed by ALAN FRANK EYE OF THE NEEDLE (AA) Donald Sutherland, Kate Nelligan Ken Follet's best seller ultimately is better in print than on screen, despite a reasonable script and anonymous, if brisk direction by Richard Marquand. Its problem is Sutherland's lugubrious portrayal of a murderous WW2 German spy who hides out on a remote Scottish Isle to await a rescuing U-boat.He makes the character too unpleasant for comfort & his romance with Ms Nelligan - living on the island with her crippled husband - is rather a queasy affair. As a spy thriller it certainly thrills at times - but overall it disappoints. Prince of the City follows
P328 ORACLE 328 Fri25 Dec ITV 2000:11  2/11    NEG RELEASE reviewed by ALAN FRANK ARTHUR (AA) Dudley Moore,Liza Minelli Writer-director Steve Gordon comes up with so many witty lines and sight gags that he more than makes up for Moore's inadequacies as an actor and another of Ms Minelli's irritatingly cute,sgly- duckling performances.The slight plot has drunken millionaire Moore engaged in avoiding marrying his dull fiancee while frenziedly pursuing Ms Minelli and the comic pace rarely lets up.The film triumphantly belongs,however,to John Gielgud's Jeeves-like butler:his impeccable timing and perfectly judged delivery result in a performance to be savoured and treasured. £mo more follows>>
P328 ORACLE 328 Fri25 Dec ITV 2000:03  11/11    GENERAL RELEASE Reviewed by ALAN FRANK THE FRENCH LIEUTENANT'S WOMAN (AA) Meryl Streep, Jeremy Irons. An almost perfect picture,cleverly scripted by Harold Pinter from John Fowles' best-seller, impeccably crafted by director Karel Reisz and stunningly photographed by Freddie Francis.The performances are equal to the behind- the-camera talents: Ms.Streep as the enigmatic and troubled title character - emotionally snaring Irons' gentleman of leisure in Victorian Lyme Regis - is an Oscar winner, if ever I saw one. It may not be utterly faithful to Fowles' novel but it stands out as a major work of cinema art in its own right.  more follows >
P328 ORACLE 328 Fri25 Dec ITV 2040:03  4/11    NEW RELEASE reviewed by ALAN FRANK CHRISTIANE F (X) Natja Brunkhorst, Thomas Haustein Ms Brunkhorst gives a superb, realistic and highly disturbing performance as a 13-year-old Berlin girl who becomes a heroin addict, turning to prostitution at the age of 14 to support her habit. It's based on a true-life story and Ulrich Edel's clinically observant direction turns it into a series of terrifying visions from hell, making it hard to imagine a more powerful warning against the horrors of teenage drug addiction.The film is hugely depressing & leaves a lot of questions unanswered - but it's a totally compelling piece. another film review >>
P328 ORACLE 328 Fri25 Dec ITV 2000:03  8/11    GENERAL RELEASE reviewed by ALAN FRANK SUPERMAN II (A) Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder It's Our Hero against three sadistic criminals from Krypton in this smashing movie, a sequel that's actually better than the original. The script is witty, the special effects are superb and as both the awkward Clark Kent and as Superman, Reeve is perfect. Richard Lester's direction is impeccable and all the cast clearly had as great time making the picture - as we do watching it. There's action, comedy and suspense in good measure and not a dull moment in the movie. See it.  more follows >>
P328 ORACLE 328 Fri25 Dec ITV 2000:00  1/11    NEW RELEASE reviewed by ALAN FRANK HEAVY METAL (AA) Science fiction and fantasy fans - as well as devotees of comic strips and sword and sorcery - will find a lot to enjoy in this inventive animated movie which adds sex and scabrous humour to an extraordinary brew. It presents six episodes whose animation & story lines are very variable in quality, running the gamut from the highly startling to the obvious and hackneyed. Adding to the movie's undeniable fascination is a soundtrack in which such practitioners of Heavy Metal music as Black Sabbath, Blue Oyster Cult and Cheap Trick are noisily featured in an unusual picture. another review follows >
P328 ORACLE 328 Fri25 Dec ITV 2003:11  10/11    GENERAL RELEASE by ALAN FRANK HAWK THE SLAYER(A) Jack Palance,John Terry This lively piece of Sword & Sorcery hokum has a brisk script (by director Terry Marcel and its composer, Harry Robertson),and brisker director which serve effectively to disguise a budget lower than one of its nun's hemlines. Terry is adequately virile as Our Hero, out to avenge his father's murder at the bloody hands of older brother Palance.And Palance enters riotously into the spirit of the occasion and hams away outrageously like the demon king in a pantomime.It's by no means a great epic - but it's very enjoyable. French Lieutenant's Woman review>