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FILM REVIEW
No Hype - No Nonsense - Just Movies!
Fan! Monthly Magazine from London ,United Kingdom
Ceased publication

- First and last issue: 1972-2008
- "Detailed coverage of upcoming releases"
- Britain's longest-running film magazine. Started as ABC Film Review in 1950.
- All the latest film news and reviews.
- Editor: David Richardson
- Published monthly with four quarterly special issues. 84 colour A4 pages.
- Published by Visual Imagination
- Website: www.visimag.com/index.htm

Last updated:
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CONTENTS: 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 All GALLERIES: 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 All

Issue 625
December 2002
Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers: We talk to all the major players, including Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom and Viggo Mortensen Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint, aka Harry, Hermione and Ron on what it's like to play such magical roles. Anita and Me: Meera Syal tells just how excited she is that her novel has been turned into one of this year's funniest movies. He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not / Dirty Pretty Things: Audrey Tautou (Amelie) has been busy and can't wait to tell us about her two fantastic new films. The Quiet American: Michael Caine goes up against love rival Brendan Fraser in this passionate drama and director Philip Noyce reveals all about making the film. The Dancer Upstairs: Lead actor Javier Bardem. Movie Spotlight: Bowling for Columbine: Controversial film-maker Michael Moore talks about his latest documentary that lifts the lid on the realities of American gun culture. Call Sheet: The film under the spotlight this issue is 1966's Born Free. Best Seat in the House: The phenomenon that is Madonna, and the critically-panned Swept Away. Is it a good idea for a husband to direct his wife? Reviews: 22 brand spanking new releases , including The Emperor's Club, Deathwatch and Eight Crazy Nights and - 10 pages reviewing the latest cable and satellite films showing in homes, plus videos, books, CDs, DVDs...


Issue 624
November 2002
James Bond: Die Another Day: How Pierce Brosnan believes he has made the role of James Bond his very own... Movie Spotlight: All or Nothing: Star Timothy Spall talks about his role in Mike Leigh's latest gritty drama. Possession: Gwyneth Paltrow on her new movie. 28 Days Later: One of the scariest films we've ever seen! New star Cillian Murphy explains why he wanted to be a part of it. K-19: The Widowmaker: We grill the cast and crew, including stars Harrison Ford and Liam Neeson Jake Gyllenhaal: The hottest young star in Hollywood chats about his upcoming movies, including Donnie Darko and The Good Girl My Little Eye: Director Mark Evans on his disturbing tale of reality tv. High Crimes: Actress Ashely Judd doesn't mince her words on talking about her new movie. Changing Lanes: There's more to this film with Ben Affleck and Samuel L Jackson than perhaps meets the eye. Reviews: 22 pages of new film releases, including The Powerpuff Girls, S1m0ne and Two Men Went to War and - 10 pages reviewing the latest cable and satellite films showing in homes, plus videos, books, CDs, DVDs...


Issue 623
October 2002
XXX: Vin Diesel as the extreme sports star dragged into the murky world of the secret agent. Movie Spotlight: Road to Perdition: Director Sam Mendes, Tom Hanks and Paul Newman reveal all about their time on the 1930s gangster revenge flick that's already touted as a hot favourite for next year's Oscars. Red Dragon: The return of man-eater Hannibal Lecter in the new and updated prequel to Silence of the Lambs. The Rookie: Star Dennis Quaid steps up to the plate to talks about his career, his movies and his hopes for the future. Call Sheet: The Fantastic Voyages of Sinbad: We profile the men behind the magic of the classic Sinbad movies: animators Ray Harryhausen and Charles H Schneer. They reveal the secrets behind those mighty monsters. Reviews: 22 pages of new film releases, including My Big Fat Greek Wedding , One Hour Photo and Lilo & Stitch and - 10 pages reviewing the latest cable and satellite films showing in homes, plus videos, books, CDs, DVDs...


Special #42 Psychos 2002
It's time to run and hide as Film Review gets that glassy look in its eyes and picks up the nearest available sharp object for the Film Review Psycho Special! With the imminent release of the Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal prequel Red Dragon, we take a look at some of the nastiest, most disturbed characters in the history of cinema. From that nice young Norman Bates to Hannibal the Cannibal himself, we ask whether they're sick and depraved monsters or merely innocent victims of forces beyond their control? And why should you care when they're coming at you with a meat cleaver?
With more psychoses that you can shake a shrink at, the Film Review Psycho Special is a must for all true fans of film!


Issue 622
September 2002
The Sweetest Thing: Cameron Diaz, Christina Applegate and Selma Blair hunt in the clubs and bars for their prey: men! When you think you've let the perfect man slip through your fingers, just get your friends together and hunt him down! Signs: In this Movie Spotlight, director M Night Shyamalan tells about the pressure placed upon him to produce a third hit film and star Mel Gibson eveals what frightens him most! Insomnia: Robin Williams on playing the prime suspect in a murder case alongside Al Pacino, and as a creepy photo shop assistant in the terrifying One Hour Photo... The Bourne Identity: Matt Damon in his latest role as a man who wakes up on a beach, having been shot, with no memory The Importance of Being Earnest (2002): Star Reese Witherspoon on costume dramas, morality and handbags! The Guru: As Bollywood and Hollywood collide in one of the most colourful movies of the year, star Jimi Mistry shares some words of wisdom. Reviews: Over 22 pages of new film releases, including Spy Kids 2, Talk to Her and Once Upon a Time in the Midlands and - 9 pages reviewing the latest cable and satellite films showing in homes, plus videos, books, CDs, DVDs...


Issue 621
August 2002
Men in Black II - Director Barry Sonenfeld tells us why he loves working with aliens. Austin Powers in Goldmember - The groovy cast and crew, including new girl Beyonce Knowles, couldn't wait to tell us about their new movie...Yeah, baby! The Sum of All Fears - We chat to Ben Affleck and the rest of the cast and crew about the impact of the film post September 11, what it takes to make a successful adaptation, and what Harrison Ford had to say. Lost in La Mancha - documentary about Terry Gillam's spectacular failed attempt to make his long-planned Don Quixote movie is set to be one of the must-sees of the summer. Film Review was on the set, and we bring you this exclusive interview with those who were involved. Also: John Woo and star Nic Cage on Windtalkers; Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich and Eight Legged Freaks; Hugh Laurie and the return of Stuart Little and a Rod Steiger tribute. Reviews also include Devdas and The Wash and Amelie, Daleks and The Lord of the Rings on DVD, and much more...


Issue 620
July 2002
Minority Report - Tom Cruise debriefs us on working with Steven Spielberg, and sharing his vision of the future. Scooby-Doo - those rather pesky kids Sarah Michelle Gellar, Freddie Prinze Jr and Matthew Lillard on what to expect from the top cartoon canine. Murder By Numbers - Sandra Bullock shakes off the girl next door as a homicide detective: we question the cast and crew, including leading Brit Ben Chaplin. Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron - How to follow the huge success of Shrek? Get answers from the horse's mouth, with DreamWorks boss Jeffrey Katzenberg. Cannes Festival 2002 - the access all areas guide to the stars, films, and parties: we saw it all and we're sharing it with you. Plus: why Lawless Heart could be the best British film of 2002, Matthew Rhys on what an Abduction Club actually is, the whole truth about Big Fat Liar with Frank Munitz, and Nicole Kidman as a Russian mail-order bride in Birthday Girl. Reviews also include Rollerball (2002), Jason X, Beverly Hills Cop on DVD and much more...


Special #41 Combat 2002
Windtalkers
Nicolas Cage and director John Woo on this tale of the Navajo codetalkers!
K-19: The Widowmaker
Harrison Ford talks about his role as the commander of the first ever Russian nuclear submarine, and how it came to the brink of causing World War III!
The greatest War Films of all time!
The top 40 war movies!
Platoon
Military advisor Dale Dye and director Oliver Stone look back on Stone's acclaimed Vietnam trilogy - Platoon, Born on the Fourth of July and Heaven and Earth.
Saving Private Ryan
We talk to Spielberg, Dale Dye, Tom Sizemore and Edward Burns their experiences during the movie's production.
DVDs on Parade
Our wide-ranging guide to the very best of war films on DVD, courtesy of our sister magazine Ultimate DVD.
The top 10 POW films
Some war movies are more affecting tales of human endurance under atrocious conditions. From The Bridge on the River Kwai to The Great Escape, we single out the very best.
Period Hysteria
We take time out to look farther afield, to depictions of warfare from different times and different cultures...
Propaganda Machine
We cast a cynical eye over the way cinema has been used to sway public opinion...
The 10 worst war films of all time!
It's not all glory. Sometimes it's just a question of keeping your head above water, especially if you find yourself in one of these cinematic atrocities...
The Killing Joke
Sometimes, it seems, it's OK to laugh in the face of horror. We cast our eye over a few films that have sought to make light of Man's worst moments...


Issue 619
Summer 2002
Spider-Man - Tobey Maguire on his doubters, plus director Sam Raimi and Maguire's co-stars spinning a web around 2002's biggest movie so far. Monster's Ball - Oscar-winner Halle Berry on her harrowing role as a Death Row widow. The Time Machine - Travel 800,000 years or so into the future, to talk to director Simon Wells and star Guy Pearce. 40 Days & 40 Nights - Josh Hartnett plays a sexually active man who vows to be celibate during Lent... Could Hartnett do that himself? Little Shop of Horrors - Call Sheet digs into the cult musical with stars Rick Moranis & Ellen Greene, plus director Frank Oz. Plus Quick Film Fixes on Resident Evil, with Milla Jovovich, Richard Gere in the excellent Unfaithful, the remake of Rollerball with Chris Klein, and (you know, for kids) Snow Dogs with Cuba Gooding Jr. 22 new UK cinema releases reviewed, 9 pages of Home Entertainment and much more...


Issue 618
June 2002
In our 10-page cover feature: Star Wars - Jedi knights Hayden Christensen & Ewan McGregor reveal the marvels of being in Episode II - Attack of the Clones. Panic Room - Jodie Foster and director David Fincher on a fraught production that locked itself away as a US #1... 24 Hour Party People - Steve Coogan on why he wanted to play Manchester music entrepreneur Tony Wilson. Plus Oscar-winning Denzel Washington on John Q, Sean Pertwee on Dog Soldiers and London-born director Asif Kapadia on making The Warrior in the deserts of Rajastan. New-look format and Reviews section! Other reviews include Ed Harris in Pollock and Jim Carrey in The Majestic, seven pages of Home Entertainment and more...


Special #40 Superpowered 2002
Brace yourselves for our Superpowered Special, as we spotlight heroes who've leapt from comic-books' pages to the big screen in a single bound. Featuring the latest crop of superhumans... Spider-Man - Director Sam Raimi and Green Goblin actor Willem Dafoe on making this summer smash. Daredevil - Ben Affleck swathed in red leather? We talk to bad guys Michael Clarke Duncan and Colin Farrell. Superhero Smackdown! 22 different heroes and franchises, from Akira to the X-Men, considered. Previewed: with loads of superhero films in production, we look at 10 top contenders, including the eagerly awaited Hulk and the Batman prequel, Year One. We also assess the cinematic careers of Batman and Superman, provide a comprehensive guide to superheroes on DVD, a history of the films you'll never see - Terry Gilliam's Watchmen and Superman Lives - and a look at superhero spoofs on film. It all add up to something super!


Issue 617
May 2002
About A Boy - Movie Spotlight on a brilliant version of Nick Hornby's best-seller: we talk to co-star Toni Collette. Oscar night - 12-page photo-feature on the glamour and surprises of the 74th Academy Awards! Kate & Leopold - Hugh Jackman on starring (with Meg Ryan) as a time-travelling 19th-century noble in modern New York. The Scorpion King - The Rock on reprising his action role from The Mummy Returns. Hart's War - Colin Farrell on starring in uniform with Bruce Willis? K-PAX - Kevin Spacey claims to be from another world: Jeff Bridges is intrigued. Plus Jim Caviezel on The Count of Monte Cristo, Anne Rice on Queen of the Damned, Alejandro Amenabar on directing The Others (new on DVD/video) and the return of Call Sheet on WWII classic In Which We Serve. Plus almost 30 pages of reviews with April's UK cinema releases, including Bend It Like Beckham.


Issue 616
April 2002
Collateral Damage - Arnold Schwarzenegger & director Andrew Davis on a timely tale of terrorism. The Royal Tenenbaums - Gene Hackman & Gwyneth Paltrow on joining a talented, quirky family. We Were Soldiers - Mel Gibson on donning camouflage for a Vietnam movie with a difference. Blade 2 - director Guillermo Del Toro talks terror. Mothman Prophecies - Richard Gere & director Mark Pellington on this supernatural thriller. The Shipping News - Lasse Hallstrom plus Kevin Spacey & Julianne Moore on shooting an acclaimed novel in Newfoundland. ET (20th Anniversary) - the enduring charm of Spielberg's long-distance caller. Plus Britney on Crossroads, Jim Carrey on The Majestic, Anthony Hopkins on Hearts in Atlantis, Jim Broadbent on Moulin Rouge, Lucy Russell on The Lady & The Duke.


Special #39, Sequels 2002
Guiding you through the explosive minefield of films which boast a '2', a 'II', or even a 'Final Chapter'... Star Wars: Episode II - Attack Of The Clones - Ewan MacGregor and Hayden Christensen interviewed, plus the latest pictures. Queen of the Damned - Stuart Townsend on taking over the role of the vampire Lestat. Sequels Preview 2002 - The Matrix Reloaded, Harry Potter's Chamber of Secrets, Charlie's Angels: Halo and more... Plus, our wide-ranging examination of what makes sequels work (or not) in Second Time Lucky, counting down The Best 20 Sequels... Ever! - and we accuse The Worst 10 too. Our 2002 Summer Preview looks to the best of the non-sequels. Also included: Geena Davis on Stuart Little 2, Michelle Rodriguez on Resident Evil, and the stars of Star Trek X: Nemesis.


Issue 615
March 2002
Ocean's 11 - George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon on teaming for Soderbergh to plan the biggest scam in Vegas. Monsters, Inc - John Goodman, Billy Crystal etc. on voicing CGI nasties who love to scream! Ali - Will Smith's perspective on his first biopic, as the legendary boxer. A Beautiful Mind - Russell Crowe on playing troubled maths genius John Forbes Nash Jr. Plus Johnny Depp on the hunt for Jack the Ripper in graphic-novel-turned-film From Hell, and Robert Altman and his impeccable cast (Helen Mirren, Michael Gambon, Stephen Fry, Kristen Scott Thomas) on an English murder mystery in Gosford Park. Matthew Marsden is our Brit at the Back. Reviews: 22 new movies including the above plus Charlotte Gray, In the Bedroom and Training Day.


Issue 614
February 2002
Vanilla Sky - Tom Cruise gets serious opposite Penelope Cruz, under the eyes of Cameron Crowe. The trio talk about this strangely sizzling remake. Film of the Month: The Last Castle - Robert Redford stars as a general imprisoned under a junior officer. Black Hawk Down - Ridley Scott on what drove him to recreate a disastrous US army operation in Somalia. Nobody Someday - or 'Robbie Williams: The Movie'. Director Brian Hill on filming a controversial chart-topper. Mulholland Drive - The inimitable David Lynch on how a failed TV pilot became an Oscar contender. Lord of the Rings - Ian McKellen on how playing Gandalf might change his life. Plus Call Sheet on Disney's Beauty & the Beast (extended for IMAX release), Messrs Caine, Hoskins & Winstone are our Brits at the Back for Last Orders, and the latest reviews.


Issue 613
January 2002
Film of the Month: The 51st State - Robert Carlyle (going Scouse to help Samuel L Jackson survive Liverpool's lowlifes) on his career and the future. The Lord of the Rings - The Hobbits of Hobbiton on working with visionary director Peter Jackson, Elijah Wood's casting and their unique bonding experience. The Deep End - Tilda Swinton on her big screen return as a mother juggling domestic dreariness with evading blackmail. Rock Star - Friends' Jennifer Aniston on going groupie manager opposite Mark Wahlberg's long-haired lord of the larynx. Princess Diaries - Screen legend Julie Andrews on her latest movie role, as a majestic, royal dancing granny... Serendipity - John Cusack on juggling art with mainstream sensibilities as a sports producer in love with Kate Beckinsale. Plus Vinnie Jones and Danny Dyer on Mean Machine, with Jones as the England star in charge of a prison footie team. Reviews include Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and The Spy Game.


Special #38, Yearbook 2002
Our 10th Yearbook looks back at 2001, with every film released - over 300 movies! - reviewed and fully indexed. From A.I. to Zoolander via The Lord of the Rings and, er, Pearl Harbor, it's all here. We chart the cinematic year's highs and lows, from Am?lie and Crouching Tiger to (oh dear!) Freddie Got Fingered. Plus 10 great interviews with Hollywood's hottest in 2001: Daniel Radcliffe - the face of Harry Potter; Elijah Wood - leading the Lord of the Rings trilogy; Cate Blanchett - consolidating stardom via LotR, Bandits and The Gift; Angelina Jolie - who took on the mantle of Lara Croft: Tomb Raider; Mark Wahlberg - working with Tim Burton on Planet of the Apes; Pen?lope Cruz - from her meteoric rise to Woman on Top via Vanilla Sky; Billy Bob Thornton - All the Pretty Horses' director was also The Man Who Wasn't There; Kate Hudson - the Almost Famous star on her influences; Nicole Kidman - a staggering year for the Moulin Rouge star; Ren?e Zellweger - Bridget Jones's Diary made this Texan an English cultural icon. All in our unique 132-page Yearbook.

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