Seth Rogen's treatment for cancer? See the funny side

By Stephen Applebaum, November 24, 2011

Seth Rogen cannot help seeing the funny side of life. "I don't try to find it, it just happens," he says. "I can't remember the number of times somebody's been telling me a movie idea they have and I think it's a comedy, and it's not. Someone'll go: 'There's this guy who's hit by a car and he has to get his leg cut off', and I'll go: 'That sounds hilarious!' It's just how my brain hears things."


Gems from the UK Jewish Film Festival

By Jenni Frazer, November 14, 2011

Knowing that the programmers of the UK Jewish Film Festival have done most of the hard work before you, choosing films to see is more a matter of determination to be out and about nearly every night of the week — there are gems available throughout the festival.


Review: Tower Heist

By Jonathan Foreman, November 3, 2011

Although its premise is rooted in today's financial scandals and crises, Tower Heist harks back in subject matter and sometimes in tone to some of the great Depression-era comedies.


Review: The Ides of March

By Jonathan Foreman, October 31, 2011

Most modern Hollywood movies about politics are even more ill-informed and cliché-ridden than the ones depicting the worlds of journalism, medicine or the military.


Review: Reuniting the Rubins

October 19, 2011

There are very few movies that depict Seder nights. There are even fewer that do so with an affectionate and intelligent sense of the celebration's variety, or the way that it brings out the best and worst in Jewish family dynamics.


Review: Retreat

By Jonathan Foreman, October 11, 2011

Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic produce a disproportionately large number of talented actors, most of whom end up based in London. One of the younger crop is Cillian Murphy. He came to international notice as the hero of Danny Boyle's 2003 sci-fi horror film 24 Days Later.


Review: Midnight in Paris

By Jonathan Foreman, October 6, 2011

It is now clear that filming in Britain brings out the worst in Woody Allen - or at least makes painfully clear just how tin-eared and clueless he can be when attempting to depict a culture outside his own. His last film to open in the UK, You will meet a tall dark stranger, was arguably worse than Match Point, Scoop and Cassandra's Dream.


Review: The Debt

By Jonathan Foreman, September 27, 2011

The Debt is the most remarkable film of the year so far: an exciting espionage thriller, a love story and a provocative meditation on crime and punishment. A remake of Assaf Bernstein's 2007 Israeli film, Ha-Hov, it reveals John Madden, director of Shakespeare in Love and Mrs Brown, as a master of action and suspense.


Review: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

By Jonathan Foreman, September 15, 2011

Gary Oldman is the greatest but perhaps least appreciated British film actor of his generation.


He's Hitchcock's man - and no mistake

By Anthea Gerrie, August 25, 2011

This is a confusing time to be a talented young musician called Daniel Cohen.