Brigit Grant

Review: The Green Prince

By Brigit Grant, December 11, 2014

The decision to bring Mosab Hassan Yousef's book, Son of Hamas to the screen can't have been an easy one. Least of all for Mosab. Coming out in a paperback as an Israeli spy when your father is a radical Palestinian liberation leader is questionable, but to narrate his own story on camera seems like the act of a mad man with a death wish.


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.


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.


The Jewish Duchess of Downton Abbey

By Brigit Grant, November 6, 2014

For the 150 million viewers who watch Downton Abbey globally, the chance to have breakfast with the series director would feel like a Lottery win.


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.


Review: Gold

By Brigit Grant, October 7, 2014

Gold would have been a good title for the George Hencken Spandau Ballet documentary that opened last week, but it suits Niall Heery's family reunion tale just as well because the film glistens.

You'll warm in minutes to central character Ray (David Wilmot) as he is down on his luck and broke after a failed suicide attempt that put him in a psychiatric hospital.

The decision to return to his


Review: Le Jour Se Lève

By Brigit Grant, October 2, 2014

David Fincher's adaptation of Gillian Flynn's bestseller Gone Girl dominates the multiplexes this week, and probably next.


Review: Night Will Fall

By Brigit Grant, September 23, 2014

Assigning a star rating to this documentary would be unthinkable. Everyone from the most digitally-distracted teenager to the oldest Holocaust denier should see Night Will Fall.


Woody's magical dialogue

By Brigit Grant, September 18, 2014

Magic in the Moonlight (12A)

Wish I was Here (15)

Whether just coincidence or a case of "movie mazel", there's a comforting Jewish presence at the cinema ahead of the festivals.


Interview: Joan Rivers

By Brigit Grant, September 11, 2014

There are three great rules to celebrity interviewing. First, go through the cuttings files to see what has already been written; second, read their biography (or several); third, check the day's news for any change in status or circumstance.


Review: A Most Wanted Man

By Brigit Grant, September 11, 2014

When Philip Seymour Hoffman died in February, American cinema lost its everyman. Running the gamut from perceptive privileged preppie (The Talented Mr Ripley) to cranky CIA agent (Charlie Wilson's War), Hoffman's talent was to make acting look easy, whether he was playing the fat loser friend or an Oscar-winning Truman Capote.


Review: Life of Crime

By Brigit Grant, September 4, 2014

It's hard to think of an author who has had more novels turned into movies than Elmore Leonard. The author who died last year, aged 87, had the kind of page-to-screen success that other pulp fiction novelists could only dream about and there's no disputing the quality of the stories.


The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz

By Brigit Grant, August 28, 2014

When I tell you that this documentary is about an American computer programmer who believed the contents of public interest databases should be freely available to all, I doubt you will drop everything and rush to see it.


Review: The Guvnors

By Brigit Grant, August 21, 2014

My grandparents grew up in London's East End and always talked about the faces who ruled the streets but protected their own. On paper, they were just vicious gang leaders but, when they were on your side, you felt safe.


Nicely shrink wrapped, but I'm off the Pegg

By Brigit Grant, August 18, 2014

Hector and The Search For Happiness (15)★★★✩✩

Movie buffs cannot resist commenting on film website message boards.


Review: Wakolda

By Brigit Grant, August 7, 2014

Josef Mengele is alive and well and living in Patagonia in Lucía Puenzo's film. Adapted from her novel, Wakolda - Argentina's selection for the foreign language category at this year's Academy Awards - is a believable imagining of a period in 1960 when the Auschwitz "Angel of Death" went to South America, but left little evidence of his activities.


Review: Blackwood

By Brigit Grant, July 31, 2014

Much like rollercoasters, horror films tend to lose their appeal as one gets older. Obviously there will always be thrill-seekers, but the ups, downs and terror of real life are quite enough for the rest of us without searching it out as entertainment.


Review: Joe

By Brigit Grant, July 24, 2014

Best brush up on your Texan before seeing David Gordon Green's movie. With much of the cast sporting accents that sound as if they're chewing corn when talking, the temptation to ask "wat dat boy sayin?" is constant and more than a little annoying.


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".