Brigit Grant

Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon

By Brigit Grant, July 17, 2014

Movies with the word "mensch" (let alone "supermensch") the title don't come around very often, so I leapt on this one, even though I'd never heard of Shep Gordon and thus had to be convinced of his status as a "legend".

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Review: Mr Morgan's Last Love

By Brigit Grant, July 14, 2014

When an actor has been around as long as Sir Michael Caine, it is easy to forget how good he can be in the right role. His prolific career is peppered with parts that he obviously did just for the cash and then there are the priceless gems - Milo Trindle in Sleuth, love-struck Elliott in Hannah and Her Sisters and soulful Frank in Educating Rita - which are beyond brilliant.

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Review: Goddess

By Brigit Grant, July 3, 2014

The kitchen is an unlikely setting for a musical, but for a lot of women it's the only place they ever get to sing. I for one regularly perform showstoppers at the stove while making chicken soup and my kneidels have never suffered - even when I throw in a few jazzy dance moves.

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Review: Arthur and Mike

By Brigit Grant, June 26, 2014

Walking on Sunshine opens today and I was seriously tempted to review it. A rom-com set in Puglia with a medley of 1980s hits as the soundtrack is just perfect for summer. But I couldn't see it without my seven-year-old, so I saw Arthur and Mike instead.

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Review: 3 Days To Kill

By Brigit Grant, June 19, 2014

I saw Kevin Costner on a bus the other day.

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Review: Cheap Thrills

By Brigit Grant, June 6, 2014

One of the great advantages of being a film critic is that you get to see movies before they have been discussed, analysed, mauled and often buried by the experts (aka the other critics). The joy of having first dibs means few preconceived ideas and, on rare occasions, one might even be clueless about the content. That was the case when I settled down to watch E L Katz's movie.

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Review: Omar

By Brigit Grant, June 2, 2014

I like to think it's important to see things from both sides of the fence - or in the case of Hany Abu-Assad's Omar, the wall, as it is the towering rampart surrounding the occupied West Bank that dominates this tale about love and loyalty.

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Review: Venus in Fur

By Brigit Grant, June 2, 2014

Having auditioned many unsuitable actresses for his play Venus in Fur - an adaptation of the Leopold von Sacher-Masoch erotic classic - director Tom (Polanski-lookalike Mathieu Amalric) is on his way home when the brash and vulgar Vanda (Polanski's gorgeous wife Emmanuelle Seigner) arrives late.

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Woody Allen and a gigolo worth paying for

By Brigit Grant, May 22, 2014

In my favourite recurring dream, I get a call from casting director Juliet Taylor asking me to be in Woody Allen’s next untitled feature. Naturally, I accept without even bothering to inquire about the role as I would happily play “woman at bus stop” if it meant spending time with my hero.

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Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return

By Brigit Grant, May 16, 2014

Growing up in the glow of a famous relative has its plusses and minuses. For Roger Baum, the great-grandson of Wizard of Oz creator L Frank Baum, there was the joy of being part of the legacy, but also the constant niggling in his own head (and nagging from friends) that he should write a book that picks up the story.

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Meet Tarantino’s favourites

By Brigit Grant, May 5, 2014

Having given Big Bad Wolves a well merited five star review when it was released here last December, the opportunity to interview the film’s Israeli directors Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado was too good to miss. But first I had to find them.

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Review: Noah

By Brigit Grant, April 7, 2014

Having made a huge impact with his small film The Wrestler and the bigger Black Swan, Hollywood has now seen fit to give Darren Aronofsky $125 million to make a biblical epic that owes more to the Transformers franchise than it does to Cecil B DeMille's Ten Commandments.

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Review: The Past

By Brigit Grant, March 31, 2014

Don't ask me why, but it's much easier to tolerate monotony in a foreign-language film. Of course, this is not what any writer/director wants to hear, least of all The Past's Asghar Farhadi, who won an Oscar for A Separation in 2011.

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Review: Yves Saint Laurent

By Brigit Grant, March 26, 2014

As there are only about 400 women worldwide who can easily afford to purchase haute couture, few of us will ever know the thrill of wearing it.

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Johansson is just scarily out of this world

By Brigit Grant, March 13, 2014

As far as most Jewish men are concerned, Scarlett Johansson is the perfect woman. Full-mouthed, curvy, petite and with a voice seductive enough to sell chocolate to calorie-counters, Johansson is also of the faith and fiercely protective of Israeli company SodaStream. Could it get any better?

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Simon Chinn is sweet on Oscars

By Brigit Grant, February 24, 2014

This time last year, Simon Chinn almost considered going into hiding. His phone kept ringing, begging notes were pushed under his office door and anyone who had ever met him wanted to be his friend.

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Review: The Railway Man

By Brigit Grant, January 17, 2014

I think I should come clean and confess that I have not read Eric Lomax's highly regarded memoir about his time in a Japanese prisoner of war camp in the Second World War. Truth is, I'd never heard of it before settling down to watch Jonathan Teplitzky's film adaptation and didn't even know it was a true story. But should that matter?

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Review: Parkland

By Brigit Grant, January 17, 2014

Today marks the 50th anniversary of John F Kennedy's assassination and over the past few weeks TV channels have scheduled numerous documentaries recalling the tragic event from a myriad of angles. First-hand accounts of secret-servicemen. Check. Tender home movies of the Kennedy family. Check.

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He's quite a Downton character - and now he's taking them to the West End

By Brigit Grant, January 16, 2014

It is hard to imagine anyone looking less like Cora the Countess of Grantham than Luke Kempner. Tall, dark and ruggedly handsome, the 26-year-old, who hails from Horley in Surrey, is anything but Lady of the Manor material — least of all a Crawley.

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She’s made a smokin’ movie with sex appeal

By Brigit Grant, October 31, 2013

Let me tell you about Rachel. She’s a smart, independent Jewish woman who has chosen to be a stay-at-home mother. Rachel has a handsome husband, lots of friends and volunteers at the Jewish community centre in fashionably bohemian Silver Lake, East LA. Oh, and on a whim, she invites a homeless lap-dancer to move into the spare room and babysit her child.

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