Film

Review: Palo Alto

October 14, 2014

According to my sources, Palo Alto is one of the most expensive cities in the United States and its residents are among the most educated in America. This and other little nuggets about the place - it is named after a tall tree and Joan Baez was born there - will hopefully lend a bit of colour to a place that is void of any in Gia Coppola's film.

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Interview: Linor Abargil

By Simon Round, October 7, 2014

When Linor Abargil was crowned Miss World in 1998, she burst into tears. Nothing particularly unusual about that - pretty much every beauty contest winner cries. But for the then 18-year-old Israeli, it was different. On a modelling assignment in Milan several weeks previously, she had been brutally raped by the Israeli travel agent who was supposed to be driving her to the airport.

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Review: Gold

By Brigit Grant, October 7, 2014

Gold would have been a good title for the George Hencken Spandau Ballet documentary that opened last week, but it suits Niall Heery's family reunion tale just as well because the film glistens.

You'll warm in minutes to central character Ray (David Wilmot) as he is down on his luck and broke after a failed suicide attempt that put him in a psychiatric hospital.

The decision to return to his

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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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