Film

Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return

By Brigit Grant, May 16, 2014

Growing up in the glow of a famous relative has its plusses and minuses. For Roger Baum, the great-grandson of Wizard of Oz creator L Frank Baum, there was the joy of being part of the legacy, but also the constant niggling in his own head (and nagging from friends) that he should write a book that picks up the story.

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Sleepless nights over getting my insomnia film made

By Nadaav Soudry, April 27, 2014

Fifteen years ago I was a student at Leeds University. My parents got me a place in Hillel House, a religious hall of residence on the university campus. It was there that I had an experience that was to inspire me to write a film.

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Review: Noah

By Brigit Grant, April 7, 2014

Having made a huge impact with his small film The Wrestler and the bigger Black Swan, Hollywood has now seen fit to give Darren Aronofsky $125 million to make a biblical epic that owes more to the Transformers franchise than it does to Cecil B DeMille's Ten Commandments.

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Review: The Past

By Brigit Grant, March 31, 2014

Don't ask me why, but it's much easier to tolerate monotony in a foreign-language film. Of course, this is not what any writer/director wants to hear, least of all The Past's Asghar Farhadi, who won an Oscar for A Separation in 2011.

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Review: Yves Saint Laurent

By Brigit Grant, March 26, 2014

As there are only about 400 women worldwide who can easily afford to purchase haute couture, few of us will ever know the thrill of wearing it.

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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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