Monthly Archives: May 2005

CANNES FILM REVIEW: Matt Dillon in ‘Factotum’

By Ray Bennett CANNES – To get the famously sozzled street poet Charles Bukowski right on screen takes an appreciation of the man’s taste for friends in low places and a keen avoidance of over-indulgence in his fondness for blowhard wino … Continue reading

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THEATRE REVIEW: ‘Billy Elliot: The Musical’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – Take a clever little film with a universal story, add melodies by a master tunesmith and then find the most brilliant boys and girls who can sing and dance up a storm and you have … Continue reading

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THEATRE REVIEW: ‘Henry IV Part 1 and Part 2’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – Nicholas Hytner’s immaculate National Theatre production of William Shakespeare’s “Henry IV, Part 1” is so vibrant and enthralling that it cries out to finally be made as a movie. Michael Gambon as Falstaff (above) and … Continue reading

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MUSIC REVIEW: Cream reunion at the Royal Albert Hall

By Ray Bennett LONDON  A little more than 36 years after Cream’s last appearance, the rock world’s first supergroup returned to a rapturous welcome on the same stage at the Royal Albert Hall. Like most of the audience, drummer Ginger … Continue reading

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