Film

Review: Easy Virtue

By Gerald Aaron, November 6, 2008

Noel Coward's 1924 play, filmed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1928, has been given a fresh, hugely entertaining lease of life by adapter (with Sheridan Jobbins) director Stephan Elliot, thanks to impeccable direction and ideal casting

Kristin Scott Thomas is absolutely on target as Mrs Whitaker who greets her son John's (Ben Barnes) new American bride Larita (Jessica Biel) with the kind of icy hostility the United Nations would find near impossible to mediate.

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Review: Pride And Glory

By Gerald Aaron, November 6, 2008

Jennifer Ehle, her head shaved and suffering from cancer is sadly wasted in the schematic role as Abbie the wife of policeman Ray Tierney (Edward Norton), a member of a family of New York cops.

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Review: W

By Gerald Aaron, November 6, 2008

Keen followers of politics, particularly those of the United States, might feel a tad short-changed by Oliver Stone's latest take on an American president after JFK in 1991 and 1995's Nixon.

There are more than a few omissions in screenwriter Stanley Weiser's dramatisation of the life and early misadventures of George W Bush. And, patently, a satisfactory ending is absent since a lame duck W will remain in office until next year.

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The secret passions of frum young women

By Nick Johnstone, October 30, 2008

Avi Nesher's latest film, The Secrets, opens with Naomi (played by remarkable newcomer Ania Bukstein), the young pious daughter of a respected Orthodox rabbi, asking her father if her arranged marriage can be postponed so she can study for a year at a Midrasha in Safed. Her mother has just died. Out of love, he gives his consent.

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Review: High School Musical 3

By Gerald Aaron, October 30, 2008

Some films are critic-proof. This enthusiastic and energetic musical is the perfect exemplar.
Peter Barsocchini's paper-thin plot is simply another lazy take on Hollywood's beloved "let's put on a show" fairytale.

But the series regulars, teen idol Zac Efron and Vanessa Anne Hudgens as the star crossed lovers, and the musical numbers, lift the show comfortably above its commonplace storyline.

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Review: Quantum Of Solace

By Gerald Aaron, October 30, 2008

Sean Connery played James Bond as a thug in a dinner jacket. Former model George Lazenby took over the role in the best forgotten On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Roger Moore's suave wise-cracking tailor's dummy survived several films, Timothy Dalton was suitably tough but unfortunately lacked charisma while urbane Pierce Brosnan was the perfect combination of cynic and resourceful hero.

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Why fellow Israelis hated my hit film

By Nick Johnstone, October 23, 2008

Earlier this year in Israel, a great deal of hype accompanied the cinema release of The Lemon Tree, the latest film from writer/director Eran Riklis. After the success of The Syrian Bride (2004), a film about a Druze woman who has to leave Israel and her family in the Golan Heights, forever, in order to marry a man across the border in Syria, critics and audiences alike were eager to see what Riklis had to say next about the political status quo in Israel.

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Review: Ghost Town

By Gerald Aaron, October 23, 2008

Dentists will deny this, but it is sometimes said that only their families and friends, and their accountants, really love them.

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Review: Burn After Reading

By Gerald Aaron, October 17, 2008

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Having won an impressive collection of Oscars, including Best Direction, Best Screenplay and Best Picture for their mesmerising amoral thriller No Country for Old Men, Joel and Ethan Coen return to comedy. It is a genre they are very comfortable with, having produced such classics as Raising Arizona, Fargo and O Brother, Where Art Thou?

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Review: Mirrors

By Gerald Aaron, October 10, 2008

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