Film

Iron Man

By Gerald Aaron, May 9, 2008

(12A)

Producer Avi Arad, who successfully helped spawn superhero hits like Spider-Man, X Men and The Fantastic Four, succeeds again as yet another character from the seemingly endless library of Marvel Comics soars into the sky.

The screenplay keeps up with current affairs by having playboy arms billionaire Tony Stark (played with relish by Robert Downey Jr) devising the prototype of his invincible armoured suit while held captive by terrorists in Afghanistan.

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Tovarisch, I Am Not Dead

By Gerald Aaron, May 2, 2008

(15)

British filmmaker Stuart Urban’s deeply affecting documentary, which seeks to uncover the truth about his father Garri’s past, often seems too incredible to be real.

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Review - Three And Out

By Gerald Aaron, April 28, 2008

(15)

The unlikely story of a London Tube train driver who seeks a would-be suicide to throw himself under his train so that he can claim a bonus from his employers seems a peculiar subject even for a black comedy. And so it turns out to be. Director Jonathan Gershfield does his best, extracting what comedy he can, but the screenplay defeats him. Mackenzie Crook in the lead role fails to makes his essentially unsympathetic character likeable.

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Deception

By Gerald Aaron, April 28, 2008

(15)

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Stop-Loss

By Gerald Aaron, April 28, 2008

(15) Co-writer/director Kimberley Peirce’s drama follows decorated US sergeant Brandon King’s (Ryan Phillippe) return to small-town Texas home after combat service in Iraq. King looks forward to returning to civilian life, only to be trapped by the US Army’s stop-loss policy which allows the US government to continue to call soldiers back for further tours of duty. King justifiably reacts adversely against recall, bringing him into conflict with his authority-accepting friend, Steve (Channing Tatum).

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The Eye

By Gerald Aaron, April 28, 2008

(15)

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Forgetting Sarah Marshall

By Gerald Aaron, April 25, 2008

(15) Jason Segel appears full-frontally naked on screen and only has himself to blame. He co-wrote this defiantly ribald, immensely entertaining comedy, with producer Judd Apatow, the man behind last year’s hits The 40 Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up and Superbad.

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Travels with my father the 'spy'

By Alex Kasriel, April 25, 2008

Stuart Urban’s film about his dad’s wartime adventures led to some welcome family bonding, he tells Alex Kasriel

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Military DVD film

By Rachel Fletcher, April 25, 2008

A DVD highlighting the Jewish contribution to the armed forces over 250 years has been produced by the Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women.

The 30-minute film, sponsored by the Pears Foundation, goes from the battles against the French in 1759 to the British Jews who fought in World War Two. It includes rarely seen archive footage and the testimonies of ex-servicemen and women. Five Jews received the Victoria Cross for heroism in the First World War, and three in World War Two.

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Mike Leigh's secret

By John Nathan, April 18, 2008

An illuminating new book on the director of Secrets and Lies and Vera Drake reveals how Habonim helped him

Mike Leigh On Mike Leigh
Edited by Amy Raphael; Faber £16.99

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