Film

Review: Holy Rollers

By Jonathan Foreman, July 7, 2011

There were many moments in Holy Rollers when I wished that it had been made by someone like Danny Boyle. Armed with a good script, the director of Slumdog Millionaire would have been able to convey with conviction the rich strangeness of Chasidic life, the seductive temptations of the drug trade, and all the dilemmas that would confront a young man caught between the two.

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Review: The Conspirator

By Jonathan Foreman, June 30, 2011

One of the unpredictable things about the post 9-11 "war on terror" is the way it has inspired so much poor work - heavy handed, smug, ill-informed or even dishonest - by so many well-regarded writers, directors and actors.

From Robert Redford it prompted 2007's confused Lions for Lambs where he played a politics professor to ensure that the audience got the full benefit of his incoherent, 1960

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Review: The Round Up

By Jonathan Foreman, June 16, 2011

The Round Up has been a huge sensation in France. It is the first feature film to tell the story of the terrible episode in 1942 when the French authorities carried out a mass round-up of Jews in Paris.

On July 16, some 13,000 Jews were dragged out of their beds in dawn raids by the police. Most of the families were taken to the Vélodrome d'hiver, an indoor stadium near the Eiffel Tower.

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The day France betrayed its Jews

By Simon Round, June 10, 2011

On the morning of July 16 1942, some 13,000 Jews were arrested in Paris and sent to internment camps around France. After months of near starvation, the adults and children were separated and deported to Auschwitz.

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Review: Angels of Evil

By Jonathan Foreman, May 26, 2011

Filmmakers are more herd-like creatures than most people realise. You can get a sense of this every time there is a spate of studio movies about, say, vampires or volcanic eruptions. But it is not only true of those who work in Hollywood. European, British and US independent filmmakers tend to be equally or even more fashion-bound in their world view.

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Review: Hanna

By Jonathan Foreman, May 5, 2011

Joe Wright may well be the most overrated as well as the most feted young British directors working today. His films are visually slick and fast moving, but trite and pretentious as if made by a precocious teenager desperate for people to know he is "cool".

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Why an 88-year-old Holocaust survivor has become a heroine to young Africans

April 21, 2011

To her friends, Hilde Back was a quiet, elderly Jewish woman who used to teach pre-school children and had lived alone for 35 years. But to Chris MBuru she was "an angel who had walked into my life and fixed it".

Back, now 88, is the star of Jennifer Arnold's new documentary, A Small Act, after she unwittingly inspired the largest educational fund in Kenya.

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Review: Your Highness

By Jonathan Foreman, April 14, 2011

The preview for Your Highness is a masterpiece of the trailer-maker's art. It does much more than highlight the movie's best gags; it weaves them together, sometimes transposing dialogue between scenes, to create a brilliant, wholly false impression of the film.

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Review: Source Code

By Jonathan Foreman, March 31, 2011

It is easy to picture the Source Code team pitching the film to the studios as Groundhog Day morphed into a time-travel thriller. The latter is one of the more popular sub-genres of science fiction in the movies, perhaps because so many of us wish, at times, that we could go back into the past and take a different road.

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Review: You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger

By Jonathan Foreman, March 17, 2011

Something about England seems to bring out the worst in Woody Allen. He appeared to be coming back to form in Whatever Works and Vicky Cristina Barcelona. But his latest film is of a piece with the wretched Match Point and Scoop, although less pleasing than either.

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