Category Archives: Previews

TIFF2016: ‘Magnificent 7’ to open, ‘Edge of 17’ to close

By Ray Bennett LONDON – Antoine Fuqua’s remake of “The Magnificent Seven” will have its world premiere at the opening gala of the 41st Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 8. TIFF 2016 will close on Sept. 17 with the … Continue reading

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Toronto International Film Festival 2014: Sounding the gun

By Ray Bennett With its extraordinary track record of screening hit movies and eventual award-winners on their way out of the gate, the Toronto International Film Festival kicks off for the 39th time. The 39th Toronto International Film Festival commences … Continue reading

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FILM PREVIEW: Will and Ben: funny men

By Ray Bennett American comedian Will Ferrell gives fans what they want in December with a return to his cult alter ego Ron Burgundy in “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” while Ben Stiller fulfils a long held dream to re-make … Continue reading

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TIFF PREVIEW: Awards season kicks off

By Ray Bennett The Toronto International Film Festival, which kicks off on Sept. 5, has a long record of spotting films destined for prizes and commercial success. This year will be no different. Veteran Time Magazine film critic Richard Corliss … Continue reading

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FILM PREVIEW: ‘Rush’ – the hunt for F1 glory

By Ray Bennett LONDON – Although car chases are the backbone of most action adventure movies, few Hollywood directors have braved the circuits of real racing but now Ron Howard steps up with “Rush”. Due in the UK from StudioCanal … Continue reading

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PREVIEW: Q1 movies to engage and entertain

By Ray Bennett The barrage of outdoor summer entertainment did not have the negative impact on moviegoing the industry feared and with awards season under way prospects for Q1 look good. The directors of Warner Bros.’ upcoming “Cloud Atlas”, an … Continue reading

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PREVIEW: George Clooney in ‘The Descendants’

By Ray Bennett When Kaui Hart Hemmings’ novel “The Descendants”, about a family in Hawaii troubled by modern anguish and ancient concerns, was published in the UK, the Daily Mail’s response was typical. Her assured touch and fine grasp of … Continue reading

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MOVIE PREVIEW: ‘The Three Musketeers 3D’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – When Milla Jovovich’s husband said that he wanted to make a new film version of “The Three Musketeers”, she said, “Really? No. Really?” The actress says: “But then I thought if anyone is going to … Continue reading

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PREVIEW: Spies go back into the cold in ‘Tinker, Tailor’

By Ray Bennett When John Le Carré created his master spy George Smiley – who is about to be revisited in Optimum Releasing’s Working Title Pictures production of “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” – he made him a fat man. The … Continue reading

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Lots of awards contenders in UK January film releases

By Ray Bennett The January UK release schedule is chock-a-block with awards contenders including two with much-anticipated Kate Winslet performances, another with Anne Hathaway, and several films featuring potential BAFTA and Oscar candidates for best actor such as Benicio Del … Continue reading

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