Film

Review: Wakolda

By Brigit Grant, August 7, 2014

Josef Mengele is alive and well and living in Patagonia in Lucía Puenzo's film. Adapted from her novel, Wakolda - Argentina's selection for the foreign language category at this year's Academy Awards - is a believable imagining of a period in 1960 when the Auschwitz "Angel of Death" went to South America, but left little evidence of his activities.

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Review: Blackwood

By Brigit Grant, July 31, 2014

Much like rollercoasters, horror films tend to lose their appeal as one gets older. Obviously there will always be thrill-seekers, but the ups, downs and terror of real life are quite enough for the rest of us without searching it out as entertainment.

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Review: Joe

By Brigit Grant, July 24, 2014

Best brush up on your Texan before seeing David Gordon Green's movie. With much of the cast sporting accents that sound as if they're chewing corn when talking, the temptation to ask "wat dat boy sayin?" is constant and more than a little annoying.

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Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon

By Brigit Grant, July 17, 2014

Movies with the word "mensch" (let alone "supermensch") the title don't come around very often, so I leapt on this one, even though I'd never heard of Shep Gordon and thus had to be convinced of his status as a "legend".

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Review: Mr Morgan's Last Love

By Brigit Grant, July 14, 2014

When an actor has been around as long as Sir Michael Caine, it is easy to forget how good he can be in the right role. His prolific career is peppered with parts that he obviously did just for the cash and then there are the priceless gems - Milo Trindle in Sleuth, love-struck Elliott in Hannah and Her Sisters and soulful Frank in Educating Rita - which are beyond brilliant.

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Review: Goddess

By Brigit Grant, July 3, 2014

The kitchen is an unlikely setting for a musical, but for a lot of women it's the only place they ever get to sing. I for one regularly perform showstoppers at the stove while making chicken soup and my kneidels have never suffered - even when I throw in a few jazzy dance moves.

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Review: Arthur and Mike

By Brigit Grant, June 26, 2014

Walking on Sunshine opens today and I was seriously tempted to review it. A rom-com set in Puglia with a medley of 1980s hits as the soundtrack is just perfect for summer. But I couldn't see it without my seven-year-old, so I saw Arthur and Mike instead.

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Review: 3 Days To Kill

By Brigit Grant, June 19, 2014

I saw Kevin Costner on a bus the other day.

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Review: Cheap Thrills

By Brigit Grant, June 6, 2014

One of the great advantages of being a film critic is that you get to see movies before they have been discussed, analysed, mauled and often buried by the experts (aka the other critics). The joy of having first dibs means few preconceived ideas and, on rare occasions, one might even be clueless about the content. That was the case when I settled down to watch E L Katz's movie.

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Review: Omar

By Brigit Grant, June 2, 2014

I like to think it's important to see things from both sides of the fence - or in the case of Hany Abu-Assad's Omar, the wall, as it is the towering rampart surrounding the occupied West Bank that dominates this tale about love and loyalty.

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