Film

Review: Life of Crime

By Brigit Grant, September 4, 2014

It's hard to think of an author who has had more novels turned into movies than Elmore Leonard. The author who died last year, aged 87, had the kind of page-to-screen success that other pulp fiction novelists could only dream about and there's no disputing the quality of the stories.

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The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz

By Brigit Grant, August 28, 2014

When I tell you that this documentary is about an American computer programmer who believed the contents of public interest databases should be freely available to all, I doubt you will drop everything and rush to see it.

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Review: The Guvnors

By Brigit Grant, August 21, 2014

My grandparents grew up in London's East End and always talked about the faces who ruled the streets but protected their own. On paper, they were just vicious gang leaders but, when they were on your side, you felt safe.

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Nicely shrink wrapped, but I'm off the Pegg

By Brigit Grant, August 18, 2014

Hector and The Search For Happiness (15)★★★✩✩

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Review: Wakolda

By Brigit Grant, August 7, 2014

Josef Mengele is alive and well and living in Patagonia in Lucía Puenzo's film. Adapted from her novel, Wakolda - Argentina's selection for the foreign language category at this year's Academy Awards - is a believable imagining of a period in 1960 when the Auschwitz "Angel of Death" went to South America, but left little evidence of his activities.

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Review: Blackwood

By Brigit Grant, July 31, 2014

Much like rollercoasters, horror films tend to lose their appeal as one gets older. Obviously there will always be thrill-seekers, but the ups, downs and terror of real life are quite enough for the rest of us without searching it out as entertainment.

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Review: Joe

By Brigit Grant, July 24, 2014

Best brush up on your Texan before seeing David Gordon Green's movie. With much of the cast sporting accents that sound as if they're chewing corn when talking, the temptation to ask "wat dat boy sayin?" is constant and more than a little annoying.

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Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon

By Brigit Grant, July 17, 2014

Movies with the word "mensch" (let alone "supermensch") the title don't come around very often, so I leapt on this one, even though I'd never heard of Shep Gordon and thus had to be convinced of his status as a "legend".

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Review: Mr Morgan's Last Love

By Brigit Grant, July 14, 2014

When an actor has been around as long as Sir Michael Caine, it is easy to forget how good he can be in the right role. His prolific career is peppered with parts that he obviously did just for the cash and then there are the priceless gems - Milo Trindle in Sleuth, love-struck Elliott in Hannah and Her Sisters and soulful Frank in Educating Rita - which are beyond brilliant.

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Review: Goddess

By Brigit Grant, July 3, 2014

The kitchen is an unlikely setting for a musical, but for a lot of women it's the only place they ever get to sing. I for one regularly perform showstoppers at the stove while making chicken soup and my kneidels have never suffered - even when I throw in a few jazzy dance moves.

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