Film

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

By Gerald Aaron, May 22, 2008

(12A)

At 65, Harrison Ford has earned his right to sit back and take things easy. Instead (and surely not because he has made a mess of his pension plans), he is back again as Indiana Jones, wielding his whip once more.

Director Steven Spielberg and creator/executive producer George Lucas are back too with a snappy screenplay that pitches Our Hero into the Cold War in 1957 and has him battling Soviet agents led by Cate Blanchett’s dangerous Irina Spalko. 

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Cassandra's Dream

By Gerald Aaron, May 22, 2008

 

(12A)

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Charlie Bartlett

By Gerald Aaron, May 16, 2008

(15)

An entertaining variation on the teenage coming-of-age movie. Seventeen-year-old rich kid Charlie Bartlett (Anton Yelchin) achieves his dream of popularity by dealing out prescription drugs to his schoolmates. Since he is not obviously an admirable character, it is to Yelchin’s credit, allied with Jon Poll’s deft direction, that Charlie emerges as eminently likeable.

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Heartbeat Detector

By Gerald Aaron, May 16, 2008

(12A)

It is necessary to concentrate to follow Nicolas Klotz’s intriguing drama since the director slowly builds his complex story without resorting to cliché. But the effort is worth it. This is a riveting narrative which, scripted from Francois Emmanuel’s book, La Question Humaine, draws parallels between the profit-driven inhumanities of contemporary corporate life and the brutalities of the Holocaust.

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Terror's Advocate

By Gerald Aaron, May 16, 2008

(12A)

The subject of Barbet Schroeder’s unsettling film is a cinema staple — the smug, limelight-seeking “star” lawyer. What makes Terror’s Advocate so chilling is that its “star” — French lawyer Jacques Vergès — is a real-life attorney notorious for his infamous clients.

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The Nazis of big business

By Nick Johnstone, May 16, 2008

A new French film finds disturbing parallels between multi-national companies and the Holocaust

Having grown up in a French- Jewish family scarred by the Holocaust, filmmaker Nicolas Klotz had long wanted to find a way to tackle the subject through cinema.

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'My identity is divided'

By Alex Kasriel, May 8, 2008

Lacey Schwartz is dealing with her dual ethnicity by making a film about black Jews

When Lacey Schwartz was 18 years old, she discovered why she was black when her parents were both white and Jewish. It emerged that her birth was the result of an affair her mother had had with a black man. Now she is making a film called Outside The Box about her experience of looking black but being Jewish.

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The Shoah film they didn’t show

By Stephen Applebaum, May 8, 2008

Hollywood stars Tim Blake Nelson and Harvey Keitel have made a controversial Holocaust movie about the Jews who survived the camps by helping the Nazis commit genocide.

The Grey Zone is one of the most fascinating Holocaust films ever made, yet it never reached UK cinemas following its American debut in 2002. While it was released in Israel, Germany and Spain, among other markets, UK distributors baulked at the movie’s unredemptive narrative and stark, despairing tone. This week, it is finally released here on DVD.

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A Secret

By Gerald Aaron, May 8, 2008

(PG)

Philippe Grimbert’s well-received 2004 autobiographical novel Secret centred on a Parisian Jewish family suffering unspeakable strain during the Second World War German occupation of France.

Now the novel has been sensitively adapted for the screen by director Claude Miller (with Natalie Carter) and transformed into compelling, beautifully played drama.

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I Served The King Of England

By Gerald Aaron, May 8, 2008

(15) A refreshing cynicism pervades Czech director Jiri Menzel’s satirical black comedy. It is an approach that even succeeds in making palatable his diminutive hero Dite’s marriage to a Nazi sympathiser after having to prove his suitability to wed by conveniently discovering his own German background, and then having her gaze at a portrait of Hitler during their wedding night.

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