The return of Les Enfants

By David Robson, January 15, 2015

Louis Malle was in his mid-fifties when he made the film he always knew he must make. It tells of his time as a young Catholic boy at a convent school in Nazi-occupied northern France and his friendship with one of the three Jewish boys the monks took in under assumed non-Jewish names in the hope of saving them. This was an act of Christian generosity, bravery and quite likely self-sacrifice.


Review: American Sniper

By Brigit Grant, January 15, 2015

When an octogenarian delivers a 21st- century war film to rival anything a younger gun could produce, he deserves our respect. So it's hats off to Clint Eastwood, who at 84 clearly has no problem commanding epic material from behind the lens. Unfortunately, American Sniper, like a number of other films he has directed, doesn't tick all the emotive boxes - or any, in my case.


Review: The Theory OF Everything

By Brigit Grant, January 8, 2015

A Brief History Of Time is always the mostpristine tome on any shelf. No doubt the owner made the purchase with the intention of reading it, but simply hasn't found the... time.


Review: Into the Woods

By Brigit Grant, January 8, 2015

Having made the mistake of walking out of Sunday in the Park With George some years ago (which I grew to love) I've always felt I owed Stephen Sondheim. The staccato rhythm and rhyme of his music was drummed into my head from an early age by my mother, so I was educated in the ways of the maestro who some embrace as musical theatre's answer to Pinter.


No need to whisper: do you have the write stuff?

By Judy Ironside, December 18, 2014

There is a tendency sometimes within Judaism to whisper. About our religion, our relations with each other, family issues, societal problems, even towering achievements in business, culture and elsewhere.


Review: Night at the Museum:Secret of the Tomb

By Brigit Grant, December 18, 2014

Back in 2006, the American Museum of Natural History was struggling to attract visitors and facing budget cuts.


Review: The Green Prince

By Brigit Grant, December 11, 2014

The decision to bring Mosab Hassan Yousef's book, Son of Hamas to the screen can't have been an easy one. Least of all for Mosab. Coming out in a paperback as an Israeli spy when your father is a radical Palestinian liberation leader is questionable, but to narrate his own story on camera seems like the act of a mad man with a death wish.


Review: Men, Women And Children

December 4, 2014

The evils of the internet is one of those subjects middle-class parents debate over Waitrose-catered dinner parties, while their children are upstairs online.


Review: Horrible Bosses 2

By Brigit Grant, November 27, 2014

There is a simple rule when it comes to sequels. If you gave the first film a thumbs down, there is no point going to see what happened next.


Interview: Israel Horowitz

By Stephen Applebaum, November 20, 2014

When Israel Horovitz was 13, he submitted a novel titled Steinberg, Sex and the Saint to Simon & Schuster. The manuscript was rejected with a letter - penned by someone who didn't know the aspiring author's age - praising its "wonderful childlike quality".