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".


So how Jewish are Mike Leigh's films?

By Jason Solomons, November 20, 2014

Mike Leigh never wanted to be labelled a Jewish film maker. He confessed to me several years ago that Woody Allen's Radio Days was one of his favourite films because it echoed on a very personal, family level, with all the shouting and relatives and his own retreat into a world of radio plays and music.


Sex, violence and fame - The Hill was where I learned what I needed to do

By Steven Berkoff, November 20, 2014

In Stamford Hill, I had a sense of discovering a completely new world. We all seemed to have something unique in common, a sense of going nowhere. Most of us had left school at 15, had passed no exams, were utterly rootless and therefore we belonged to each other.


Review: My Old Lady

By Brigit Grant, November 20, 2014

It was the poet Philip Larkin who provided the most damning and potentially accurate assessment of parenting when he wrote: "They f--- you up, your mum and dad. /They may not mean to, but they do./ They fill you with the faults they had/ And add some extra, just for you."


Review: Life Itself

By Brigit Grant, November 13, 2014

Film critics are a very strange breed. Deprived of natural light for much of the working week, the profession is more exciting in the telling than in practice.


Review: Say When

By Brigit Grant, November 6, 2014

Unemployment, juvenile behaviour and a rudderless existence are so much sexier in cinema than in real life.


How not to propose - it's a movie idea

By Stephen Applebaum, October 14, 2014

When The Big Bang Theory's Simon Helberg got close to proposing to his wife, Jocelyn Towne, he panicked and broke up with her instead. She took off to Paris and he desperately went after her to try and salvage their relationship.


Director uses family knowledge for emotive tale of living with disability

By Simon Round, October 14, 2014

Asaf Korman must have realised that the chances of his film Next To Her becoming a box office hit were slight. He is, after all, a first time feature director and the subject he chose for the movie is not remotely commercial - a frank and at times uncomfortable portrayal of the co-dependent relationship between a school security officer and her seriously learning disabled sister.


Review: Palo Alto

October 14, 2014

According to my sources, Palo Alto is one of the most expensive cities in the United States and its residents are among the most educated in America. This and other little nuggets about the place - it is named after a tall tree and Joan Baez was born there - will hopefully lend a bit of colour to a place that is void of any in Gia Coppola's film.