Monthly Archives: February 2010

PREVIEW: James Purefoy stakes a claim for action stardom

  By Ray Bennett British filmmaker Michael J. Bassett likes rain, mud and gore. Making his third feature film, the sword and sorcery epic “Solomon Kane” due for release by Entertainment on Feb. 19, he tested his star James Purefoy … Continue reading

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London Critics’ Circle awards pick some real winners

By Ray Bennett My votes had little bearing on the outcome at the London Critics’ Circle Film Awards for movies released in 2009 but there’s no argument that several winners deserved their prizes, especially “Fish Tank.” It claimed honors as best … Continue reading

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BERLIN FILM REVIEW: ‘Boxhagener Platz’

By Ray Bennett BERLIN – Based on a popular German novel set in East Berlin in 1968, “Boxhaganer Platz” is filled with gentle humor as the folks in a busy neighborhood deal with the every day realities of Soviet rule. … Continue reading

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BERLIN FILM REVIEW: ‘In the Shadows’

By Ray Bennett BERLIN – Thomas Arsian’s “In the Shadows” aims to be a character study of a certain kind of man who will do anything to achieve independence including armed robbery and murder, but the result is ponderous and … Continue reading

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BERLIN FILM REVIEW: ‘A Somewhat Gentle Man’

By Ray Bennett BERLIN – An oddball comedy with criminal undertones, Hans Petter Moland’s “A Somewhat Gentle Man” follows a mild-mannered convict as he gets out of jail seeking mostly a quiet life but possibly also vengeance against the man … Continue reading

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BERLIN FILM REVIEW: Doris Dorrie’s ‘Hairdresser’

By Ray Bennett BERLIN – The difficulty with Doris Dorrie’s jolly and colorful romp “The Hairdresser” is that when the fat lady sings it still ain’t over. She doesn’t so much sing, really, as chirp, but she keeps on chirping … Continue reading

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BERLIN FILM REVIEW: ‘For the Good of Others’

By Ray Bennett BERLIN – Modern medicine and old-fashioned superstition clash in Oskar Santos’ well-constructed medical drama “For the Good of Others” about a doctor who discovers that he holds the power to heal in his hands. But only those … Continue reading

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BERLIN FILM REVIEW: Feo Aladag’s ‘When We Leave’

By Ray Bennett BERLIN – A battered wife leaves her husband and takes her son back home but their reception is not at all what she expected in Feo Aladag’s “When We Leave”, a well-crafted examination of the blindness of … Continue reading

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BERLIN FILM REVIEW: Jo Baier’s ‘Henry of Navarre’

By Ray Bennett BERLIN – Epic in scale but still betraying its producers’ willingness to cut it into two parts for television sales, Jo Baier’s “Henry of Navarre” should do well in most international markets looking for something in the … Continue reading

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BERLIN FILM REVIEW: ‘Counting of the Damages’

By Ray Bennett BERLIN – It’s never a good sign at a festival press screening when the person to your right gets up and leaves after 15 minutes and the one to your left falls asleep, but they were both … Continue reading

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