David Germain

‘This is about what it was like at Ground Zero’

A knot of police officers rush into a burning office building to evacuate survivors. They hear a hellish rumble above and dash for haven in an elevator vestibule as the structure collapses around them. So begins Oliver Stone's World Trade Center, the first 25 minutes of which was previewed at the Cannes Film Festival.

Crash pulls off Oscar upset for best picture

Crash pulled off one of the biggest upsets in Academy Awards history, winning best picture on Sunday over the front-runner Brokeback Mountain. Crash, featuring a huge cast in crisscrossing story lines over a chaotic 36-hour period in Los Angeles, rode a late surge of praise that lifted it past the cowboy romance Brokeback Mountain.

Deadhead Romero brings his zombie hordes back to life

George Romero lurches among us again, doing what he does best: Creating a combustible microcosm of society, then besieging it with zombies who just can't get enough of tasty human flesh. The director, whose 1968 chiller Night of the Living Dead established an entire horror subgenre, is back with George Romero's Land of the Dead.

Alien vs Predator gobbles the competition

Movie-goers were easy prey for a double dose of space invaders. The sci-fi smackdown Alien vs Predator, featuring the creatures of the ''Alien'' and ''Predator'' franchises, debuted as the number one weekend movie in the United States with ,25-million, studio estimates showed on Sunday.

Dollars roll in for Michael Moore

What do Shrek, Spider-Man, Michael Moore and Harry Potter have in common? They have all produced -million movie hits this summer. Moore's condemnation of United States President George Bush's actions regarding the September 11 attacks in the documentary Fahrenheit 9/11 has earned ,35-million since opening in late June.

Return of the King to rule them all

Hobbits, wizards and elves are marching on the Academy Awards, with The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King emerging as front-runner for Hollywood's top honour. Voters in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences never have crowned a fantasy film as best picture.

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