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Diversity in the top Academy Awards: a look at the numbers

By Ray Bennett LONDON – In the discussion about diversity in the top prizes of the Academy Awards, it’s worth noting that the Oscar for best director has gone to a white American male only five times in the 16 … Continue reading

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BAFTA Film Awards: my predictions and favourites

By Ray Bennett LONDON – My hopes are with Guillermo del Toro’s dazzling “The Shape of Water” (pictured) at tonight’s 71st British Academy Film Awards although such is the high calibre of most of the nominees that it would be … Continue reading

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FILM REVIEW: Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘Phantom Thread’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – Paul Thomas Anderson’s new film ‘Phantom Thread’, starring Daniel Day-Lewis as an eccentric and punctilious fashion designer in 1950s London, is a thoroughly absorbing intellectual horror film in which the horror is entirely internal. In … Continue reading

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FILM REVIEW: Steven Spielberg’s ‘The Post’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – Given the times, it’s no surprise that Steven Spielberg wants to tell the story of a corrupt swine in the White House who turns the press into an enemy. It’s also hardly surprising that film … Continue reading

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‘The Shape of Water’ leads BAFTA 2018 film nominations

By Ray Bennett LONDON – The BAFTA Film Awards nominations for 2018 are the usual mix of richly deserved and dubious possibilities with full marks for the inclusion of ‘The Shape of Water’ (pictured) and ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ … Continue reading

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‘Shape ofWater’, ‘Three Billboards’ in London crix noms

Announcement today by the  Film Critics Circle, of which I am a proud member. LONDON, 19 DECEMBER 2017: The UK’s leading film critics today announced the nominations for the 38th annual London Critics’ Circle Film Awards presented by Dover Street … Continue reading

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FILM REVIEW: Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Blade Runner 2049’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – ‘What if?” movies provide some of the most entertaining and thought provoking moments in cinema and there’s a good deal to enjoy in the sci-fi sequel “Blade Runner 2049” but its key “what if?” question … Continue reading

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FIMUCITÉ concert: ‘Stephen King’s Night Gallery’

By Ray Bennett TENERIFE – A celebration of music from screen versions of stories by the world’s most popular horror writer, which  closed Fimucitê on Saturday night, featured world premieres of cues from the much-loved 1990 TV adaptation of “It” … Continue reading

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FIMUCITÉ concert: ‘Sword & Sorcery’

By Ray Bennett TENERIFE – Movie composer Trevor Jones (below left), whose credits over an almost 40-year career include “Labyrinth”, “Angel Heart”, “Mississippi Burning”, “The Last of the Mohicans”, “Brassed Off!” and “Notting Hill”, was celebrated for his scores for … Continue reading

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FIMUCITÉ Concert: Warriors From the Silver Screen

By Ray Bennett TENERIFE – “Exceptional!” That’s the word used by maestro Diego Navarro – the superstar of the Fimucité Film Music Festival, who knows a thing or two about great orchestras – to describe the performance of the festival’s … Continue reading

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