Review: Burnt

By Brigit Grant, November 5, 2015

As the hottest dish in Hollywood, Bradley Cooper is definitely the right guy to play chef Adam Jones in John Wells's Burnt. When I first interviewed the then young Marco Pierre White, he was a lot like Adam. Arrogant, shouty, ingredient-obsessed with no tableside manner, he terrified diners but beguiled them with his genius cooking.


Rebels with a cause

By Brigit Grant, October 29, 2015

Life imitating art imitating life may be a cultural cliché but, when it comes to Nae Caranfil's Closer to the Moon, it really does the job.


Bringing compassion to the survival instinct

By Daniella Isaacs, October 29, 2015

Amir Wolf's Fire Birds, which premieres at the UK Jewish Film Festival next month, shines some well-deserved light on a generation that we too often ignore.

After the body of Amikom, an 80-year-old Israeli man, is found with three stab wounds and a mysterious tattoo, police detective Amnon reluctantly takes on the case.


Review: The Vatican Tapes

By Brigit Grant, October 29, 2015

With Spectre on the landscape, only the bravest of distributors was prepared to take on the might of James Bond this week. But if the latest 007 is sold out, there's The Vatican Tapes.

Signature Entertainment, which was founded four years ago by Marc Goldberg, has been brave enough to go up against Bond and provide the horror-fix for Halloween.


Plane wonderful

By Brigit Grant, October 22, 2015

Paper Planes (12A)
Children don't get nearly as much attention as they deserve at the cinema. They remain the untapped captive audience due to the small number of films released specifically for them.


Review: Hotel Transylvania 2

By Brigit Grant, October 15, 2015

Sometimes it's easy to spot a Jewish cartoon character. Herschel Krustofsky aka Krusty the Clown of The Simpsons or South Park kid Kyle Broslofski. Where it gets tricky is with Gru in Despicable Me, as he has an Eastern European accent, hook nose and overbearing mother, but has yet to come clean about his ancestry.


Review: Addicted to Fresno

By Brigit Grant, October 8, 2015

Admitting to one's enjoyment of a bad-taste movie can be as risky as revealing one's political allegiance (unless it's to the far-left).


Review: Mia Madre

By Brigit Grant, September 24, 2015

It feels like only yesterday that I was watching writer, director and actor Nanni Moretti zip around Italy on his moped in his delightfully witty and whimsical travelogue, Dear Diary.


Review: Bill

By Brigit Grant, September 17, 2015

I can't say I've given a lot of thought to Shakespeare's "lost years". Mulling over ideas for the 37 plays and 154 sonnets that he would compose in the "claimed" years would almost certainly have taken up more than a few weekends, yet that crucial period between obscurity in Stratford-upon- Avon and fame in London remains a mystery. Until now.


The agony and anticipation of waiting for a dream to come true

By Monica Porter, September 13, 2015

How long does it take for a dream to die? Five years? Ten? Fifteen? Well, I have had a certain dream for 25 years now, and you know what? After a long quarter-century of disappointments, I think I might have to let it go. Which is a real shame, because it's a wonderful dream.