Brigit Grant

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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.

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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.

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Review: American Sniper

By Brigit Grant, January 15, 2015

When an octogenarian delivers a 21st- century war film to rival anything a younger gun could produce, he deserves our respect. So it's hats off to Clint Eastwood, who at 84 clearly has no problem commanding epic material from behind the lens. Unfortunately, American Sniper, like a number of other films he has directed, doesn't tick all the emotive boxes - or any, in my case.

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Review: The Theory OF Everything

By Brigit Grant, January 8, 2015

A Brief History Of Time is always the mostpristine tome on any shelf. No doubt the owner made the purchase with the intention of reading it, but simply hasn't found the... time.

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Review: Into the Woods

By Brigit Grant, January 8, 2015

Having made the mistake of walking out of Sunday in the Park With George some years ago (which I grew to love) I've always felt I owed Stephen Sondheim. The staccato rhythm and rhyme of his music was drummed into my head from an early age by my mother, so I was educated in the ways of the maestro who some embrace as musical theatre's answer to Pinter.

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Review: Night at the Museum:Secret of the Tomb

By Brigit Grant, December 18, 2014

Back in 2006, the American Museum of Natural History was struggling to attract visitors and facing budget cuts.

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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.

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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.

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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."

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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