Review: Dear John

By Jonathan Foreman, April 15, 2010

Once-celebrated director Lasse Hallström has been on a downward slide for years, making ever more shlocky films. However, his Dear John was a surprise hit in America earlier this year. The film is based on a novel by Nicholas Sparks, his fifth book to be adapted for the screen. It includes the usual elements: passion, sacrifice, untimely death, and the chance at redemption. John (hunky Channing Tatum) is a young green beret meets Savannah, the daughter of a wealthy family. She is played by Amanda Seyfried, star of Mamma Mia and Hollywood's current "it" girl. Over two weeks they fall in love.


Who needs critics? Muslims and Jews adored The Infidel

By Robyn Rosen, April 15, 2010

With £140,000 in ticket sales and its screenings doubled in its first weekend, the story of the Muslim who turns out to be a Jew has certainly won an audience. David Baddiel's comedy, The Infidel, stars Iranian-born comic Omid Djalili as a British Muslim mini-cab driver who discovers he is adopted and that his birth name was Solly Shimsillewitz.


Review: The Infidel

April 8, 2010

Do not be misled by the trailer which promises much provocative fun. The Infidel, written by David Baddiel, is a surprisingly strained, often painfully crass satire about religion and extremism, hobbled by its "right-on" multicultural message and a failure to portray Muslims or Jews with much conviction or understanding.


Review: The Blind Side

By Jonathan Foreman, March 25, 2010

No recent movie has blind-sided Hollywood like The Blind Side. After an unexpected box-office triumph in the US this winter, this sweet-natured family story went on to win two Oscar nominations and then a best actress award for Sandra Bullock.


Review: Green Zone

By Jonathan Foreman, March 11, 2010

I had a sense of what to expect from Green Zone because I had seen director Paul Greengrass's 2002 Bloody Sunday as well as his Bourne films. In Greengrass's version of the 1972 incident in Ulster, he implies that the killings were a deliberate massacre by the British Army - even inventing a sinister posh-voiced general who tells the Paras it is time to teach the Fenians a lesson.


Brittany Murphy’s husband to quit LA

By Robyn Rosen, March 4, 2010

The British husband of actress Brittany Murphy will be moving out of their £5 million Hollywood home after being left out of her will - which he says was his choice.

Ms Murphy, the star of Clueless died last year of pneumonia at the Los Angeles home she shared with Simon Monjack, 39, and her mother, Sharon.

This week it was revealed that she had left all of her assets, including her house, to her mother. She and Mr Monjack are now expected to relocate to New York and share custody of Brittany's Maltese puppy, Clara.


Review: Ondine

By Jonathan Foreman, March 4, 2010

Mythology is filled with beings that are part-man, part-beast, or which change from one to other. There is a whole subgenre of these that are connected with water: mermaids, sirens, lorelei, water sprites and so on.

Mermaids are of course the best known and have inspired the most films. But the much more obscure creature from Scots seafaring folklore called a selky or selkie - a creature that changes from seal to (beautiful) human being and back -- has inspired two. The first was John Sayles The Secret of Roan Innish; the second is Neil Jordan's Ondine.


Review: Crazy Heart

By Jonathan Foreman, February 18, 2010

Hollywood adores alcoholic or addicted artists as movie subjects.

This may well have more to do with the culture of the filmmaking community than with any appeal the subject might have at the box office or its intrinsic fascination.


Review: A Single Man

By Gerald Aaron, February 11, 2010

Colin Firth gives a powerful and poignant performance as a gay British literature professor in California mourning the loss of his long-time lover (Matthew Goode). The sensitively directed adaptation of Christopher Isherwood’s 1951 novel by fashion designer-turned-filmmaker Tom Ford follows Firth through one day as he tries to come to terms with his new-found loneliness, interacting with enthusiastic student (Nicolas Hoult), a Spanish rent boy and his neighbour and best friend, divorced Englishwoman Julianne Moore.


Review: The Wolfman

By Gerald Aaron, February 11, 2010

This noisy revamp of the 1941 shocker offers suitably nasty CGI man-to beast-transformations as it delivers gore galore for genre fans.