Film

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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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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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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The Dark Knight

By Gerald Aaron, July 25, 2008
 (12A)

The late Heath Ledger is mesmerising as the villainous Joker in the latest, deeply dark Batman instalment


In 1995, lightweight George Clooney and director Joel Schumacher dealt this comicbook superhero franchise a near-fatal blow with their dire Batman and Robin.

Ten years later, co-writer and director Christopher Nolan and star Christian Bale rescued the legend of the Caped Crusader by returning to his origins in Batman Begins.

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Baby Mama

By Gerald Aaron, July 25, 2008
 (12A)

"I want a baby now - I'm 37," states Tina Fey's Kate Holbrook, eliciting the understandable response from her dinner partner: "Too much information for a first date."

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Angus, Thongs And Perfect Snogging

By Gerald Aaron, July 25, 2008
 (12A)

Cat-haters apart, it is hard to see why anyone should dislike director Gurinda Chadha's amusing coming-of-age tale.

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The man unlocking the real Abu Ghraib story

By Stephen Applebaum, July 18, 2008

Oscar-winning film director Errol Morris explains why he is trying to uncover the real perpetrators of one of the most shameful episodes of the Iraqi war.

Some time ago, the Oscar-winning documentary-maker Errol Morris came across a series of photographs taken by the SS of the selections of Hungarian Jews for the gas chambers at Birkenau in 1944. “They are among some of the most extraordinary pictures in the history of photography, and they deeply fascinate me,” Morris says.

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The Deep South dance film that pops anti-American snobbery

By Lemez Lovas, July 18, 2008

Alex Reuben’s dance movie is designed to blow apart European stereotypes about US culture.


For a man who does not trust words much, Alex Reuben is pretty easy to talk to. An art-school lecturer in London, with a background in design and DJing, he is best known today for his work with dancers — teaching them, choreographing for camera, and producing beautiful short films on dance.

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