Brigit Grant

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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Michael Grade, lord of the song and dance, on Broadway

By Brigit Grant, October 24, 2013

In any great adventure,
that you don’t want to lose,
victory depends upon the people that you choose.
So, listen, Arthur darling, closely to this news:
We won’t succeed on Broadway,
If you don’t have any Jews*

*Courtesy of Eric Idle’s Spamalot

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Watchable sexual addiction — but Paltrow is a turn-off

By Brigit Grant, October 7, 2013

Time for Sharing (15)
★★★✩✩

Mich-ael Douglas’s admission to sexual addiction and subsequent spell in rehab was not treated all that sympathetically by my tabloid colleagues. The newsroom consensus was that he had been caught in flagrante one too many times and a clinical explanation would resurrect his reputation.

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To Woody: Thanks for a monumental movie

By Brigit Grant, September 24, 2013

Dear Woody. I would not ordinarily begin a review addressing the director, but your latest film is a gift that warrants a monumental thank you.

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The artiest of art house and a sad tale of the times

By Brigit Grant, September 16, 2013

The Artist and The Model (18)

Kelly + Victor (18)

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Review: What Maisie Knew

By Brigit Grant, August 26, 2013

In a week when it is possible to “virtually” touch a tyrannosaurus in Jurassic Park (3D) or ogle Amanda Seyfried as a porn star in Lovelace, it would be easy to forget What Maisie Knew. But I am glad I did not. The most amazing thing about this film is that it is based on a Henry James novel written in 1897 about a little girl who becomes a tragic pawn in her parents’ bitter divorce battle.

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Get your kicks from this sequel

By Brigit Grant, August 18, 2013

Jane Goldman aka Mrs Jonathan Ross wrote the screenplay for Kick Ass (2010) together with its director Matthew Vaughn and it was a huge hit. The film appealed to me enormously, along with anyone else who can see the funny side of watching an eleven-year-old girl — played by the then unknown Chloë Grace Moretz — beat up bad guys and spit out shocking expletives.

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Review: The lone ranger

By Brigit Grant, August 12, 2013

He may be one of the most successful producers of all time, but it can’t be easy being Jerome Leon Bruckheimer.

At least not this month. And though I’m not asking you to cry for him — his reported annual earnings exceed $120 million — when you are accustomed to making blockbuster hits, it’s aggravating when one misses, as The Lone Ranger appears to be doing.

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Review: Heaven’s gate

By Brigit Grant, August 5, 2013

If seeking to be culturally controversial in 1980, admitting to liking Heaven’s Gate was a surefire way to do it. Bathed in the post-Oscar glow of The Deer Hunter, director Michael Cimino had banked on achieving similar success with his $44 million epic Western based loosely on the little known Battle of Johnson County.

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Monsters University 3D

By Brigit Grant, July 15, 2013

Many years ago, I got to hug Billy Crystal. He had just been accused of “selling out” as a comedian by a strident NME journalist and I was the next one in to interview him. Let’s just say I was able to reassure the actor sufficiently of his talent for him to want to embrace me. All I could think at the time was “I’m hugging the Harry who met Sally” and I’ve never forgotten it.

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Review: Now You See Me

By Brigit Grant, July 7, 2013

Magic tends to divide an audience. But as one camped solidly in the “Wow, how he did that?” category, I love whatever the likes of David Copperfield or homegrown Dynamo pull out of their wizards’ bags. For, once you become an adult, magic is the only thing that sustains one’s inner child. And that’s a good reason to catch Now You See Me.

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Review: Despicable Me 2

By Brigit Grant, June 28, 2013

Attention parents, bubbas and zaidas everywhere. If the thought of another blanket grey weekend spent in soft-play hell with the kids is more than you can stand, fear not. Gru, his adopted orphans and those dinky yellow minions, have returned to chase away the bouncy castle blues and, like a good family board game, delight everyone from six to 96.

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