Review: The Vatican Tapes

By Brigit Grant, October 29, 2015

With Spectre on the landscape, only the bravest of distributors was prepared to take on the might of James Bond this week. But if the latest 007 is sold out, there's The Vatican Tapes.

Signature Entertainment, which was founded four years ago by Marc Goldberg, has been brave enough to go up against Bond and provide the horror-fix for Halloween.


Plane wonderful

By Brigit Grant, October 22, 2015

Paper Planes (12A)
Children don't get nearly as much attention as they deserve at the cinema. They remain the untapped captive audience due to the small number of films released specifically for them.


Review: Hotel Transylvania 2

By Brigit Grant, October 15, 2015

Sometimes it's easy to spot a Jewish cartoon character. Herschel Krustofsky aka Krusty the Clown of The Simpsons or South Park kid Kyle Broslofski. Where it gets tricky is with Gru in Despicable Me, as he has an Eastern European accent, hook nose and overbearing mother, but has yet to come clean about his ancestry.


Review: Addicted to Fresno

By Brigit Grant, October 8, 2015

Admitting to one's enjoyment of a bad-taste movie can be as risky as revealing one's political allegiance (unless it's to the far-left).


Review: Mia Madre

By Brigit Grant, September 24, 2015

It feels like only yesterday that I was watching writer, director and actor Nanni Moretti zip around Italy on his moped in his delightfully witty and whimsical travelogue, Dear Diary.


Review: Bill

By Brigit Grant, September 17, 2015

I can't say I've given a lot of thought to Shakespeare's "lost years". Mulling over ideas for the 37 plays and 154 sonnets that he would compose in the "claimed" years would almost certainly have taken up more than a few weekends, yet that crucial period between obscurity in Stratford-upon- Avon and fame in London remains a mystery. Until now.


The agony and anticipation of waiting for a dream to come true

By Monica Porter, September 13, 2015

How long does it take for a dream to die? Five years? Ten? Fifteen? Well, I have had a certain dream for 25 years now, and you know what? After a long quarter-century of disappointments, I think I might have to let it go. Which is a real shame, because it's a wonderful dream.


Review: Irrational Man

September 10, 2015

Abe Lucas (Joaquin Phoenix) is just the sort of professor I would've had a crush on at college. Louche, dishevelled, highly-intelligent and dismissive of his conquests as a ladies' man, he even has the temerity to describe the subject he teaches - philosophy - as "pure bulls---" to the new students who hang on his every 20-letter word.


Review: 45 Years

By Brigit Grant, August 27, 2015

In the week leading up to her 45th wedding anniversary, Kate (Charlotte Rampling) is as busy as any hostess organising a party would be. Granted any Jewish hostess would be confused (hysterical) at the fact she has left confirming the function room, menu and buying her dress until a few days before. But smoked salmon starters and matching accessories are not an issue for Kate.


Review: Absolutely Anything

By Brigit Grant, August 20, 2015

I'm a bit slow with this review as Absolutely Anything opened last week. But August is the silly season and this is a film that truly fits the bill as it is spectacularly silly, a tad saucy and yet suitable for the whole family to giggle at together.