Reviews: Entourage and Accidental Love

June 18, 2015

Two films open today that interested me, but if the name Ari Gold means anything to you I suggest you only see one of them. Transferring the hit US HBO series Entourage to the big screen was always going to be a leap of faith.


Review: Jurassic World 3D

By Brigit Grant, June 11, 2015

Thanks to Steven Spielberg, I have known for 22 years precisely what to do if I ever saw a dilophosaurus - (run fast) or a brachiosaurus (offer it a leafy branch). With his seminal Jurassic Park, Spielberg provided us with enough info about genetics and dinosaurs to bluff our way through a date with a paleontologist and simultaneously experience what CGI could really do for a movie.


Review: Man Up

By Brigit Grant, May 28, 2015

In the age of social networking blind dates have surely bitten the dust. It is now possible to find out almost everything about an individual ahead of meeting them, which takes all the mystery out of a clandestine rendezvous. But what if you inadvertently wound up on someone else's blind date?


Review: We Are Many

By Brigit Grant, May 21, 2015

Everyone remembers where they were when the Twin Towers fell on September 11, 2001, but for 30 million people around the world February 15 2003 remains just as significant.


Review: Clouds of Sils Maria

By Brigit Grant, May 14, 2015

The cast and plot of Clouds of Sils Maria immediately grabbed my attention - even though the title did not. Like the movies Rancid Aluminium and To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar, the names offer insufficient clues about the storyline and, as the latter didn't fit across any cinema marquees, most assumed it was an Ang Lee doc about a Chinese restaurant. Needless to say it wasn't.


Review: Phoenix

By Brigit Grant, May 9, 2015

Many years ago while working on a newspaper story in Germany, I attended a Friday-night service at a synagogue in Munich. The elderly rabbi was a Holocaust survivor who had returned to the city of his birth after Dachau camp was liberated and I kept looking at him and wondering why?


Review: Far from the Madding Crowd

By Brigit Grant, April 30, 2015

It wasn't until I saw Julie Christie in John Schlesinger's film of Far From The Madding Crowd, a decade after it was made in 1967, that I knew who I wanted to look like when I grew up.


Arts genius who has become the job inbetweener

By Brigit Grant, April 23, 2015

Oh, to have been a fly on the wall at Tessa Ross's Friday night dinner last week. Chances are the BBC arts editor, Will Gompertz, was harnessed to a lamppost on her Camden street in order to get wind of the "real" story behind her departure from the National Theatre as chief executive.


Review: The Good Lie

By Brigit Grant, April 23, 2015

The poster for The Good Lie features a winsome looking Reese Witherspoon looking off into the distance while, beneath her, three Africans in tribal dress wander across a sun-bleached plain. But don't let the poster fool you.


Review: The Last Five Years

By Brigit Grant, April 17, 2015

If you hated Tom Hooper's epic screen production of Les Misérables and were ready to walk out of Tim Burton's Sweeney Todd, I'm guessing that movies which rely on songs to tell a story aren't your thing. And that is exactly the format for The Last Five Years, which is Richard LaGravensese's film adaptation of the Tony Award-winning Broadway stage show by Jason Robert Brown.