Film

Johansson is just scarily out of this world

By Brigit Grant, March 13, 2014

As far as most Jewish men are concerned, Scarlett Johansson is the perfect woman. Full-mouthed, curvy, petite and with a voice seductive enough to sell chocolate to calorie-counters, Johansson is also of the faith and fiercely protective of Israeli company SodaStream. Could it get any better?

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Review: The Railway Man

By Brigit Grant, January 17, 2014

I think I should come clean and confess that I have not read Eric Lomax's highly regarded memoir about his time in a Japanese prisoner of war camp in the Second World War. Truth is, I'd never heard of it before settling down to watch Jonathan Teplitzky's film adaptation and didn't even know it was a true story. But should that matter?

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Review: American Hustle

January 17, 2014

Abscam - an FBI sting operation three decades or so ago - is unlikely to mean much to UK audiences but don't let that worry you.

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Review: Parkland

By Brigit Grant, January 17, 2014

Today marks the 50th anniversary of John F Kennedy's assassination and over the past few weeks TV channels have scheduled numerous documentaries recalling the tragic event from a myriad of angles. First-hand accounts of secret-servicemen. Check. Tender home movies of the Kennedy family. Check.

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We're watching them watching telly

By Charlotte Oliver, November 7, 2013

Edgware mum Nikki Tapper loves nothing more than putting her feet up in front of the telly with husband Jonathan and their two children.

But come Wednesday evenings, the family find they are viewing something very familiar — scenes of the four of them watching TV.

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Watchable sexual addiction — but Paltrow is a turn-off

By Brigit Grant, October 7, 2013

Time for Sharing (15)
★★★✩✩

Mich-ael Douglas’s admission to sexual addiction and subsequent spell in rehab was not treated all that sympathetically by my tabloid colleagues. The newsroom consensus was that he had been caught in flagrante one too many times and a clinical explanation would resurrect his reputation.

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Seventeenth UK Jewish Film festival covers all bases

By Barry Toberman, September 24, 2013

From a documentary on the quintessential party song to an “extreme horror” flick from Israel, the 17th UK Jewish Film Festival covers all the cinematic bases.

Unveiling the programme for 2013, festival executive director Judy Ironside said the line-up of screenings represented “a significantly good year”.

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To Woody: Thanks for a monumental movie

By Brigit Grant, September 24, 2013

Dear Woody. I would not ordinarily begin a review addressing the director, but your latest film is a gift that warrants a monumental thank you.

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The artiest of art house and a sad tale of the times

By Brigit Grant, September 16, 2013

The Artist and The Model (18)

Kelly + Victor (18)

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Review: What Maisie Knew

By Brigit Grant, August 26, 2013

In a week when it is possible to “virtually” touch a tyrannosaurus in Jurassic Park (3D) or ogle Amanda Seyfried as a porn star in Lovelace, it would be easy to forget What Maisie Knew. But I am glad I did not. The most amazing thing about this film is that it is based on a Henry James novel written in 1897 about a little girl who becomes a tragic pawn in her parents’ bitter divorce battle.

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