Film

Review: Le Jour Se Lève

By Brigit Grant, October 2, 2014

David Fincher's adaptation of Gillian Flynn's bestseller Gone Girl dominates the multiplexes this week, and probably next.

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Review: Night Will Fall

By Brigit Grant, September 23, 2014

Assigning a star rating to this documentary would be unthinkable. Everyone from the most digitally-distracted teenager to the oldest Holocaust denier should see Night Will Fall.

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Woody's magical dialogue

By Brigit Grant, September 18, 2014

Magic in the Moonlight (12A)
★★★✩✩

Wish I was Here (15)
★★★✩✩

Whether just coincidence or a case of "movie mazel", there's a comforting Jewish presence at the cinema ahead of the festivals.

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Review: A Most Wanted Man

By Brigit Grant, September 11, 2014

When Philip Seymour Hoffman died in February, American cinema lost its everyman. Running the gamut from perceptive privileged preppie (The Talented Mr Ripley) to cranky CIA agent (Charlie Wilson's War), Hoffman's talent was to make acting look easy, whether he was playing the fat loser friend or an Oscar-winning Truman Capote.

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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)★★★✩✩

Movie buffs cannot resist commenting on film website message boards.

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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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