Film

Review: Quantum Of Solace

By Gerald Aaron, October 30, 2008

Sean Connery played James Bond as a thug in a dinner jacket. Former model George Lazenby took over the role in the best forgotten On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Roger Moore's suave wise-cracking tailor's dummy survived several films, Timothy Dalton was suitably tough but unfortunately lacked charisma while urbane Pierce Brosnan was the perfect combination of cynic and resourceful hero.

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Why fellow Israelis hated my hit film

By Nick Johnstone, October 23, 2008

Earlier this year in Israel, a great deal of hype accompanied the cinema release of The Lemon Tree, the latest film from writer/director Eran Riklis. After the success of The Syrian Bride (2004), a film about a Druze woman who has to leave Israel and her family in the Golan Heights, forever, in order to marry a man across the border in Syria, critics and audiences alike were eager to see what Riklis had to say next about the political status quo in Israel.

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Review: Ghost Town

By Gerald Aaron, October 23, 2008

Dentists will deny this, but it is sometimes said that only their families and friends, and their accountants, really love them.

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Review: Burn After Reading

By Gerald Aaron, October 17, 2008

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Having won an impressive collection of Oscars, including Best Direction, Best Screenplay and Best Picture for their mesmerising amoral thriller No Country for Old Men, Joel and Ethan Coen return to comedy. It is a genre they are very comfortable with, having produced such classics as Raising Arizona, Fargo and O Brother, Where Art Thou?

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Review: Mirrors

By Gerald Aaron, October 10, 2008

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Review: Gomorrah

By Gerald Aaron, October 10, 2008

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You need to concentrate watching this violent Cannes prize-winner about the ruthless Italian crime syndicate, the Camorra. Director Matteo Garrone tells his chilling, fact-based story by interweaving five different storylines. The result is a compelling drama that makes American gangster films seem melodramatic by comparison.

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Review: The House Bunny

By Gerald Aaron, October 10, 2008

(12A)

Adam Sandler co-produced this cheerfully coarse comedy which is directed for maximum laughs by Fred Wolf and triumphantly showcases Anna Faris's undeniable star quality. She carries the film as ebullient Playboy Bunny Shelley who, homeless after being ejected from Hugh Hefner's legendary Playboy Mansion, finds a new life as house mother to the socially challenged girls of a failing college sorority. Sophisticated it ain't, but it does entertain splendidly, buoyed by Faris' endearing performance.

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Review: City of Ember

By Gerald Aaron, October 10, 2008

(PG)

Saoirse Ronan proves that out-acting Keira Knightley in Atonement was no fluke with a charming performance here. She plays Lina, the teenage heroine of a fantasy set in the eponymous post-apocalyptic underground city. Ember is facing disaster as the massive generator that powers it starts to fail. Lina and her friend Don (Harry Treadaway) set out to save the city, outmanoeuvring corrupt city officials and other villains.

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Your essential guide to the film festival

By Nick Johnstone, October 3, 2008

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Review: Brideshead Revisited

By Gerald Aaron, October 3, 2008

 (12A)

The key question is this. Does this English Heritage-drenched film of Evelyn Waugh's classic 1945 novel match up to the landmark 1980s ITV mini-series. Regrettably, the answer is no.

Having worked (in a very lowly capacity) on the TV series, I find director Julian Jarrold's film perhaps more faithful to the novel's religious themes, but a much lighter, lesser piece of work, and, compared with the mini-series, seriously under-cast.

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