Film

Review: The Book Of Revelation

By Gerald Aaron, March 28, 2008

 (18)

There is as much eroticism as mystery at the heart of director Anna Kokkinos’s strictly-for-adults film of Rupert Thompson’s well-received novel in which Melbourne dancer Daniel (Tom Long) is kidnapped and subjected to sexual abuse by three masked women. The sequences of Daniel’s humiliation are graphic, and leave the film open to accusations of exploitation. That said, it is a stylish, provocative thriller whose narrative is marred only by the sexual staging.

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The Everyman gets a few more screen

By Alex Kasriel, March 28, 2008

Hampstead cinema-owner Daniel Broch has just acquired the Screen chain.

Changes are afoot in the North London cinema scene. In a deal worth £7 million, Daniel Broch, the man behind Hampstead’s Everyman cinema, has taken over the Screen chain, which includes the Screen on the Hill in Belsize Park, Screen on Baker Street and Islington’s Screen on the Green.

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Beaufort

By Gerald Aaron, March 28, 2008

 (15) 

Israeli director Joseph Cedar has an enviable record: his first two feature films, 2001’s Time of Favour and Campfire (2004), were chosen as his country’s official entries for the Best Foreign Language film Oscar. So, too, was this vivid and compelling, fact-based drama of men at war, scripted by Ron Leshem from his own acclaimed novel.

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Review: Drillbit Taylor

By Gerald Aaron, March 28, 2008

(12A)

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Review: Lars And The Real Girl

By Gerald Aaron, March 20, 2008

 (15) 

Given its offbeat premise — shy, delusional, small-town bachelor Lars (Ryan Gosling) buys a life-size, anatomically correct woman on the internet and proceeds to pass “her” off as his wheelchair-bound girlfriend Bianca — Lars and the Real Girl could easily emerged simply as a lascivious sex movie.

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Review: The Spiderwick Chronicles

By Gerald Aaron, March 20, 2008

  (PG)

Young Jared (Freddie Highmore) hates it when his about-to-be-divorced mother Helen (Mary Louise-Parker) takes him, his twin brother Simon (also Highmore), and older sister Mallory (Sarah Bolger) to live in the dilapidated, Addams Family-style mansion which once belonged to their great, great uncle Arthur Spiderwick (David Strathairn).

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Review: Dr Seuss’s Horton Hears a Who

By Gerald Aaron, March 20, 2008

 (U)

Splendid, state-of-the-art animation allied to an appropriate cast and an infectious sense of fun are the keynotes of this charming cartoon version of Dr Seuss’s celebrated story.

Horton, the eponymous elephant, hears a cry for help coming from a speck of floating dust. Unknown to him, the mote contains the entire microscopic city of Who-ville and its tiny inhabitants. Horton goes on to prove himself a hero by saving Who-ville from destruction by disbelievers.

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Review: Meet the Spartans

By Gerald Aaron, March 20, 2008

 (12A)

No joke is too crude, too lewd or too simple-minded in co-writer-directors Jason Friedberg’s and Aaron Seltzer’s anything-goes — and I do mean anything, good, bad and just plain silly — spoof of last year’s sword-and-sandals actioner 300. I admit, with considerable embarrassment, I laughed quite often. But then, how could anyone completely hate a movie in which a Simon Cowell lookalike is pitched into the Pit of Death?

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The Chassid who got too close to Natalie Portman

By Daniella Peled, March 19, 2008

Most aspiring actors would jump at the chance of starring as Natalie Portman’s husband in a Hollywood movie.

But one young amateur —a Chassidic kitchen-cabinet salesman from Brooklyn — has stepped down from just that role after an outraged response from his community.

Abe Karpen, 25, was to partner Israel-born Ms Portman in one of 12 five-minute romantic vignettes in New York, I Love You, currently shooting in the city.

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Shoah film not racist, says writer

By Michal Levertov, March 19, 2008

The man who inspired the Oscar-winning Austrian film The Counterfeiters has denied accusations from the Israeli media that the movie was “antisemitic”. The Counterfeiters, based on the autobiographical book of Holocaust survivor Adolf Burger, tells the story of Jews forced by the Nazis to forge British and American banknotes. However, some leading Israeli film critics have condemned the film as prejudiced.

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