By Brigit Grant, March 26, 2015

I moaned when they remade Audrey Hepburn's Sabrina.


Review: The Face of an Angel

By Brigit Grant, March 19, 2015

There has already been a film about the murder in Italy of British student Meredith Kercher but, as it wasn't directed by Michael Winterbottom, you probably haven't heard about it.

This has been steeped in the sort of controversy that bodes well for the box-office as accused Amanda Knox's lawyers threatened to sue the moment they got wind of the movie and the Kercher family gave it their blessi


Review: The Cutting Cloth

March 19, 2015

The times are not just a-changing, they are changing faster than ever.


Live long and prosper

By Josh Glancy, March 5, 2015

A Jew need only watch Star Trek for five minutes to notice that Spock is a member of the tribe. He's saturnine, difficult, bumptious, awkward with women, clever and thoughtful. As a half-human and half-Vulcan he's the eternal outsider, living and working on the Starship Enterprise but always feeling somewhat detached.


Review: The Second BestMarigold Hotel

By Brigit Grant, February 26, 2015

So the Oscars is over and there will be no more soapbox rants for a better world delivered by multi-millionaire actors waving little gold men. Not until next year anyway.

Cue the new, though March is not the best time for films as they won't be remembered when the nominations come around again.


Review: Selma

By Brigit Grant, February 5, 2015

Privileged film industry types complaining about a lack of Oscar nominations annoys me, but in the case of Selma, I'm right there with them.


Interview: Samantha Spiro

By John Nathan, January 29, 2015

It seems we have come to an end of what might be termed Samantha Spiro's Jewish period. The actress is amused at the phrase.


Review: Mortdecai

By Brigit Grant, January 22, 2015

Though it isn't compulsory, as the critic for a Jewish newspaper I try to choose films that are either subject relevant or bursting with the artistic contributions of a Jewish cast and crew. With only the name - Mortdecai - to go on before shooting began, I wrongly assumed actor Johnny Depp had accepted his first Orthodox role and was ditching Captain Jack Sparrow's tricorne for a shtreimel.


Testament of the Rakusen's matzah boy who's made a cracker of a film

By Brigit Grant, January 15, 2015

Unless food is the focus of a film, it rarely comes up in conversation with the director, but with James Kent, 51, it was inevitable. His great-grandfather was Lloyd Rakusen of matzah-making fame and it happens to be my favourite snack. "Mine, too," says James enthusiastically. "They are just so more-ish and delicious with scrambled eggs.


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.