Monthly Archives: April 2008

FILM REVIEW BRIEF: Mackenzie Crook in ‘Three and Out’

By Ray Bennett LONDON — Suicide is played for laughs in Jonathan Gershfield’s odd little British film “Three and Out,” in which a subway train driver is told that if a third person goes under his wheels in a month … Continue reading

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THEATRE REVIEW: Trevor Nunn’s ‘Gone With the Wind’ musical

By Ray Bennett LONDON – Tomorrow is another day for Scarlett O’Hara but how long that will remain true for the new musical “Gone With the Wind” is another question. Three-time Tony-winning director Trevor Nunn has delivered a long-winded show … Continue reading

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THEATRE REVIEW: ‘The Last Days of Judas Escariot’

By Ray Bennett LONDON — An appeal in the case of the apostle who ratted on the messiah in the story of Jesus Christ becomes an electrifying examination of faith and redemption in Stephen Adly Guirgis’s excoriating play “The Last … Continue reading

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THEATRE REVIEW: Ringwood players’ ‘Follies’

By Ray Bennett To stage a Stephen Sondheim musical gives pause to the best in the business so top marks to the Ringwood Musical & Dramatic Society in Hampshire for tackling “Follies” and carrying it off with flourish. One of hundreds … Continue reading

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FILM REVIEW: Daniel Craig in ‘Flashbacks of a Fool’

By Ray Bennett LONDON — A burned-out movie star recalls the youthful trauma that drove him away from home in “Flashbacks of a Fool,” which despite a clunky title and a conventional structure proves a welcome diversion from 007 for … Continue reading

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THEATRE REVIEW BRIEF: Peter Gill’s ‘Small Change’

By Ray Bennett LONDON — Peter Gill’s play “Small Change,” a tale of two men’s boyhood friendship and their missed opportunity for love in a working-class area of Wales in the 1950s, has evocative moments but is rendered in a … Continue reading

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Charlton Heston dies

By Ray Bennett Charlton Heston, who has died aged 83, carved out an honorable place for himself in Hollywood history with his many epics and science-fiction pictures, but too often his sense of humor deserted him and pomposity won out. … Continue reading

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THEATRE REVIEW: Jeremy Irons in ‘Never So Good’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – Jeremy Irons gives a masterful performance as an old-school politician grappling with a rapidly changing world in “Never So Good” at London’s National Theatre, but the play itself offers biography more than great drama. Irons … Continue reading

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