Film

Review: Body of Lies

By Gerald Aaron, November 20, 2008

Resourceful CIA agent Roger Ferris, convincingly played by Leonardo DiCaprio, hunts the Middle East for an Arab terrorist leader who has orchestrated bombings around the world in Ridley Scott's tense and exciting contemporary thriller.

DiCaprio takes the lion's share of the entertaining proceedings, while Russell Crowe makes the most of his scenes as his veteran CIA controller.

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Review: Waltz with Bashir

By Gerald Aaron, November 20, 2008

"Waltz with Bashir," says Israeli filmmaker Ari Folman of his extraordinary and disturbing evocation of the horrors of the First Lebanon War of the early 1980s, "was always meant to be an animated documentary.
"For a few years, I had the basic idea for the film in my mind but I was not happy at all to do it in real life... Then I figured out it could only be done in animation with fantastic drawings."

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So where are all the UK’s kosher movies?

By Nick Johnstone, November 13, 2008

Mention contemporary British-Jewish film and most people think of Paul Weiland's 2006 barmitzvah tale, Sixty Six, or Ric Cantor's 2004 Bridget Jones-esque Suzie Gold. Although both were produced in an era of cinema when community-specific films such as My Big Fat Greek Wedding and Bend It Like Beckham were connecting with mainstream international audiences, neither, when released, attained the same level of success.

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Review: The Baader Meinhof Complex

By Gerald Aaron, November 13, 2008

There is no doubting the dramatic power of director Uli Edel's long but compelling account of the violent left-wing militants who terrorised Germany during the 1960s and '70s.

There were times, I felt, when the screenplay, based on Stefan Aust's book, tended rather too much towards hagiography by portraying major protagonists more as heroes rather than the violent urban terrorists they were.

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Review: Zack And Miri Make A Porno

By Gerald Aaron, November 13, 2008

The title accurately describes the story of writer-director Kevin Smith's disgracefully funny sex farce. That, along with the eminently justified 18 certificate, should help you decide whether Zack and Miri Make a Porno is your kind of film.

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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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