Film

The Duchess

By Gerald Aaron, September 4, 2008

(12A)

Costume dramas are very much Keira Knightley's forte, as exemplified by Pride and Prejudice and Atonement. (King Arthur and Silk can safely be ignored).

And she triumphantly proves the point again with her excellent performance - for my money, far and away the best she has ever given on screen - in this persuasive true story of the 18th-century beauty and political activist Georgiana Spencer.

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The film that shows we could all be Nazis

September 4, 2008

A role-playing exercise turned ordinary students into enthusiastic fascists. Now a movie based on this real-life event explores the seductive power of totalitarianism.

 

Ron Jones made a disturbing discovery about human nature in 1967. A popular teacher at Cubberley High School in Palo Alto, California, Jones was lecturing students about Nazi Germany when he was asked how it was possible for ordinary Germans to claim that they knew nothing about the concentration camps and the mass slaughter of Jews.

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Step Brothers

By Gerald Aaron, August 28, 2008

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 Approaching a Will Ferrell comedy expecting sophistication and Wildean wit is about as absurd as believing a political manifesto.

The star of Anchorman and Talladega Nights is rightly celebrated for slapstick, pratfalls and coarse, crass comedy, and he does not disappoint here. He plays work-shy 39-year-old Brennan Huff who still lives at home with his single mother, Nancy (Mary Steenburgen).

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Get Smart

By Gerald Aaron, August 22, 2008

The reworking of Mel Brooks's iconic 1960s spy spoof movie is every bit as funny and clever as the original


 (12A)


The spirit of comic genius Mel Brooks, who co-created the iconic 1960s spy spoof Get Smart, happily hangs over this very funny big-screen reworking that entertainingly updates the original.

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You Don't Mess With The Zohan

By Gerald Aaron, August 15, 2008

(12A)

Adam Sandler's comedies triumphantly prove Hollywood pioneer Adolf Zukor's dictum: "The public is always right". Sandler may be a irritant to film critics, but his success with movie-goers is indisputable. But is the Israel-Palestinian conflict really a suitable subject for his broad slapstick-prone comedy?

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The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

By Gerald Aaron, August 8, 2008

 (12A)

Brendan Fraser's swashbuckling explorer is back battling the Undead in the third outing for the Mummy franchise. This time the setting is not Egypt but post-Second World War China. The action-packed plot is pure Saturday morning serial and all the better for it.

If you fancy a wild adventure with a resourceful Indiana Jones-style hero, spectacular battles, three-headed dragons and terracotta armies coming to combative life, then director Rob Cohen gives you magnificent value for your money.

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Death Defying Acts

By Gerald Aaron, August 8, 2008

 (PG)

When Harry Houdini (Guy Pearce) comes to Edinburgh in 1926, mentalist Mary (Catherine Zeta-Jones) and her young daughter Benji (Saoirse Ronan) set out to scam him. Ronan and Pearce are excellent, there is loads of period atmosphere, but Zeta-Jones's shallow performance leaves a dramatic vacuum.

 

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Elegy

By Gerald Aaron, August 8, 2008

 (15)

Ben Kingsley was last seen taking a sabbatical from serious drama to overact amusingly as a cross-eyed maharishi in The Love Guru.

Here he commands attention with a powerful performance as college professor David Kapesh whose passionate affair with Cuban student Consuela Castillo (Penelope Cruz) transforms him from serial seducer to obsessive lover.

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Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic

By Gerald Aaron, August 1, 2008

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The X-Files: I Want To Believe

By Gerald Aaron, August 1, 2008

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