Category Archives: Reviews

FILM REVIEW: Taylor Sheridan’s ‘Wind River’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – The bleak but beautiful frozen wilds of Utah substitute readily for Montana in Taylor Sheridan’s taut, violent and gripping crime drama “Wind River” in which Jeremy Renner is both cool and moving as a troubled … Continue reading

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FILM REVIEW: Christopher Nolan’s ‘Dunkirk’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk” is a spectacular fireworks show filled with exciting action but as a record of an iconic World War II event it falls short and as human drama it’s a damp squib. When … Continue reading

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FILM REVIEW: Vincent Perez’s ‘Alone in Berlin’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – For those who have not read Hans Fallada’s terrifying novel “Alone in Berlin”, Vincent Perez’s film version is probably a mildly absorbing drama about two people bucking the odds. For those who have read it, … Continue reading

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KFMF: Adventure and tears as orchestra plays ‘Titanic Live’

By Ray Bennett KRAKOW – The Krakow Film Music Festival raised James Cameron’s “Titanic” to new heights as it screened to a live performance of James Horner’s Oscar-winning score to mark the film’s 20th anniversary. The festival had planned to … Continue reading

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KFMF: Great composers light the beacon for 10th anniversary

By Ray Bennett KRAKOW – The Krakow Film Music Festival celebrated its 10th anniversary on Saturday night with a spectacular concert of movie and television themes by some of the greatest names in film composing. The three-hour show at the … Continue reading

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KFMF: Jean-Michel Bernard puts fresh face on old film scores

By Ray Bennett KRAKOW – With charm, skill and a good deal of wit, French pianist, composer, educator, orchestrator, and music producer Jean-Michel Bernard provided a fresh perspective on a range of well-known movie and television themes on Thursday night.

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KFMF: Doldinger’s ‘Neverending Story’ score charms festival

By Ray Bennett KRAKOW – The presence of German saxophonist and film composer Klaus Doldinger appeared to electrify conductor Christian Schumann and the Sinfonietta Cracovia as they performed the maestro’s score for “The Neverending Story” at the ICE Krakow on … Continue reading

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KFMF: Krakow salutes one of its own: Abel Korzeniowski

By Ray Bennett Krakow – Composer Abel Korzeniowski, who left Poland to find success scoring films in Hollywood, was given the key to the city of his birth and standing ovations following a concert of his music at the ICE … Continue reading

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As he turns 80, ten Jack Nicholson films you should see

By Ray Bennett LONDON – The phone rang on my desk at The Hollywood Reporter and a deep, familiar voice said, “Ray? Hey, it’s Jack.” It was in the run-up to the Academy Awards in 1998 and I was expecting … Continue reading

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FILM REVIEW: ‘The Sense of an Ending’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – The problem with Ritesh Bafra’s new film “The Sense of an Ending”, which opens in the U.K. today, is that it makes very little sense and it has no ending. Reviews of the Man Booker … Continue reading

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